Can anyone tell me why my cat gets sores that resemble blackheads on her chin, and what they are and how I can prevent reocurrences?
Your cat got acne, get rid of all plastic dishes and clean the spots twice a day with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.
Blackheads are probably just exactly what they are. My big guy, Bosley, gets the occasional blackhead on his chin also. Talk to your vet about ways to keep the kitty's chin clean so they'll clear up.
Sounds like feline acne. I can't remember what the treatment is off the top of my head - your vet will be able to help. If I recall correctly, plastic food dishes are implicated in this condition. Get your kitty a nice glazed china, toughened glass or metal food dish.
I stopped feeding my cats Iams ( believe it or not ) and the acne went away. Something about Iams that gives my cats acne. I, since, have switched to Walthams brand cat food and they love it ! I like this brand better than Iams but it isnt economical; its just like the Iams, expensive. Hey, I love my cats.
Just noticed your question about black spots...my vet called it feline acne and asked if I was using a plastic dish...I was. I have since changed to a stainless steel bowl and the black spots are gone. Hope your problem is similar and as easy to correct. Elaine
I am having this problem now with 1 of my cats. It started a little over a month ago. My vet suggested getting rid of the plastic food dish, which I did about 2 weeks ago. The problem doesn't seem to be going away. He has been fed Iams for almost 3 years and the bowl has been in the house for 2 years. Never mind the fact that it's not even his bowl!
I may try switching cat foods. How long did it take for this problem to go away? I'd like to give the bowl theory a shot before switching their food. Is there anything I can do to help cure this? (zit cream, Seabreeze, Oti-clens, ?) It's painful for him.
- Barry Tryon
If it is painful, it sounds as if it has advanced to the infected stage. If possible you should gently clean the chin with warm water and soap. I have had success using hydrogen peroxide on cotton balls as a follow up. This must become a daily ritual until it's cleared up. If it's really messy your vet should prescribe an antibiotic cream. Cornell suggests a benzoyl peroxide shampoo and applications of benzoyl peroxide gel every two to 7 days. Good Luck,
My cat Clawdia had feline acne and I simply changed all the food and water bowls to glass. I had been using plastic. That did the trick and she is fine now. No ugly black spots on her pretty white chin. Since she is a white cat I did take her to the vet to make sure that it definitely was acne and not cancer. I live in the sunny southwest and have read that a white cat had less protection from the sun's ray's. So I would first try simply changing dishes. The vet also gave me some cream, which she hated, to put on her chin.
I read the posts on the black spots last week and wanted to add something.
Over a year ago Ampersand had black spots on her chin. The vet told me it was acne. Well, it got worse and wrose...red, scabby, bumpy, scaly, gross. We used astringent and a shot of cortisone and even little kitty zit cream, but it does not seem to help much.
She also has ear problems but otherwise is a happy and healthy fluffums. The vet has said that if she is simply prone to skin disorders and I've checked other sources (she eats Science Diet out of a ceramic bowl) then there is not much to be done.
Just wanted to get your thoughts and/or experience. Thanks! Gretchen Gretchen Almy
I have a female tabby cat and she began getting pimples on her chin years ago.
We took her to the vet and she said that the cat is allergic to food with wheat in it,
she was also getting fat.
We switched her to Fancy Feast (only the meat ones) such as Chopped Grill, Chunky Chicken and Beef and Chicken and for treats we only give her EVO which is a hard
cat food that does not contain any wheat or wheat by products.
My cat has lost weight and her pimples are under control.