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Feline Acne

It hurts your cat's self-esteem but little else

Posted October 20, 2011 in Cat Health

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Overview/Risk
Feline acne may be ugly, causing your cat to have low self-esteem, but it is essentially a benign, self-limiting problem.

Why do some cats have pimples and some do not? No one really knows. Some researchers believe it is due to stress, inadequate grooming, hormones, or an overproduction of oil that plugs the hair follicles. Additionally, food 

or environmental allergies may cause your friend to have a “pizza face.”

Symptoms
Red bumps and blackheads are often found on the chin and lips of cats. Sometimes, they can become infected and filled with pus, causing your cat to seek relief by rubbing her face against things like the beige dining room rug or your favorite recliner—leaving unsightly, greasy stains.

Diagnosis/Treatment
While acne is more of an eyesore than anything else, it can look similar to other diseases that should be ruled out by your veterinarian. Tests to rule out the possibility of mange or fungal infections, for instance, may be suggested.

Once your veterinarian has diagnosed your cat with acne, she or he will prescribe a safe treatment, which could include a topical retinoid ointment and/or cortisone topical cream.

Prevention
Depending on the cause of your cat’s acne, your veterinarian may recommend a change of diet, removing any materials that may continue to cause irritation. Changing your pet’s bowls from plastic to metal or porcelain and cleaning them daily might also be recommended.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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