It turns out that teenagers are not the only ones at risk of acne! Believe it or not, your feline furry friends can get it too. Cat’s acne is not dangerous but may require lifelong treatment to control flare-ups. Here’s everything you need to know, directly from a veterinarian.
What is cat acne?
Cat acne, also called acne on the chin, is simply that. Acne. Just like nice people. It can appear as small black dots on the chin called comedones or can develop into pimples that may or may not develop a white spike or break. Some cats are unaffected by acne, which means that it does not bother them at all and causes no pain, while others have obvious signs of itching or discomfort. There is no specific cause, but cat acne can be triggered by several factors. Stress (kennels or moving), dirty food bowls, allergies or oily skin are all known to cause acne breakouts in cats. Do not miss these other things your cat wants to know.
Does my cat have acne on my chin?
No particular cat breed is predisposed to chin acne. It is more visible in hairless cats and those with a white or pale coat. It can, therefore, be diagnosed more frequently on these types of felines.
Cat acne should be diagnosed by a veterinarian. Many skin conditions have similar symptoms and it is important for your veterinarian to eliminate more serious problems before prescribing or starting treatment. Some medications, if not used properly, can aggravate skin problems and some skin problems are symptoms of a more serious illness at work. Veterinarians can perform various tests, examining both skin cells and blood tests, to determine whether there is any reason to worry about something more serious.
How to prevent and treat cat acne
Once your veterinarian has diagnosed your cat’s chin acne, he may recommend different things to control and prevent future breakouts. The simplest is to switch from plastic bowls to ceramic or stainless steel foods. Plastic bowls have a porous surface and harbor bacteria and dirt. Whenever your cat eats or drinks, he recontaminates his skin. Stainless steel and ceramic bowls have solid surfaces, so they are much easier to clean and more hygienic.
Your veterinarian will also recommend daily cleaning of the affected area with mild soap and warm water or an antimicrobial solution such as betadine or chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine should be administered close to the eyes with caution as it may cause serious eye damage.
For more severe cases, antibiotics (oral, injectable or topical) or corticosteroids may be used to supplement other treatments.
If you think your pet has acne on your chin, make an appointment with your veterinarian for a physical examination before starting treatment. Then read on for
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