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I have a feline leukemia positive cat who has been the picture of health since we adopted him about 9 months ago (he's about a year-and-a-half old). Last night I noticed he was sneezing, and I saw a dot of blood just at the bottom of his nose. I was thinking eosinophilic granuloma. But when I looked more closely, I saw that his entire nose seemed to be wasting away, like it was dehydrated. There was a big, crusty area that I thought was dried mucus, and I thought maybe that was chapping his nose leather. I dabbed it with a warm, wet cottonball to soften the crust, and it was obviously painful, because he cried. When it had softened a bit, I very gently tried to pull off a bit of the crust. To my disbelief, at the gentlest touch, all this blood just started gushing everywhere. I held a cottonball to the area with pressure to try to stop the bleeding. The bleeding did stop, but when I pulled away the cottonball, his nose was literally stuck to it. His entire nose leather came off! And then it began bleeding more profusely. I held another cottonball to it, and it stopped bleeding promptly. Once the bleeding was stopped, he went back to his normal self, eating, running, playing, as if it never happened. He will go in to the vet today, but I wondered if anyone knew, is this characteristic of an eosinophilic granuloma? I know it could be a squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, but hopefully that's not the case...he's young and doesn't go outside. Or do you suppose my boogie theory could be true? No signs of feline herpes, but could this be a unique manafestation?