Yesterday I was jolted from sleep by a sudden pain in and on my left nostril. It was 4:30 in the morning and I had been sleeping soundly. I instinctively grabbed my nose and squeezed before launching out of bed and running for the bathroom. In spite of exerting pressure on it there was blood seeping out through my fingers and I was still half asleep and had no real idea what had happened! Luckily I keep veterinary-grade styptic powder in the medicine cabinet and I was finally able to staunch the flow. Then I got a good look at the damage. What happened, near as I can recreate it thanks to the testimony of my roommate who was also injured and was half awake at the time, is my elderly cat freaked out at something and streaked through and around the house, claws out, and finally ended up at the far end of the house where I was sleeping, jumped on top of me and then used my nose as a springboard to reach the window! One of her hind claws left a gash along the outside of my left nostril and where her claw slipped off the end it poked into my nostril and left another on the inside and of course, both bled like crazy! The styptic powder is very effective, but unlike human-grade stuff, it doesn't hide the scar under a whitewash. No, I've got a glaring black line down one side of my nose that curls around and under into my nostril. I look like I've been in a bar brawl!:;pirate Anyone else have elderly cats? Is this normal?