We have an older male tabby cat named Leon who recently began getting small pimple-like infections underneath his chin. His chin looks as though he isn't cleaning properly. Has anyone heard of this problem before? Is there anything I can do to help Leon, or is this just a thing that happens to all early-teens???? Email me~Thanks!
It's not a 'teen thing' for cats, but what your Leon has sure sounds like a classic case of feline acne. I think nearly every cat I've ever had has had it at one time or another.
First, yep, you'll have to clean Leon's chin for him (if you think about it, cats haven't any really efficient ways of cleaning their own chins). Acne pads for humans (normal strength) work very well for this, and are conven- ient. I've also used cotton balls dipped in dilute hydrogen peroxide. Just keep it up until the pimples dry up, and then check his chin periodically afterwards.
Second, it helps if you get stonewear food and water bowls, and keep them clean. I have absolutely no idea why other bowls
Out cat's suffered an acne break out on his chin after our last move. The vet says it was due to stress and was exacerbated by the fact that Arthur, who was nine at the time, was virtually living under the bedcovers for a week or two. The warm, moist environment encouraged bacteria growth. The vet also said that plastic food dishes can irritate feline chins. It took two rounds of antibiotics and as many weeks to clear up. We also had to treat the area with a warm compress twice a day.
There is a condition cats get known as Feline Acne. It typically appears on the chin and I think is believed to be partly related to inadequate grooming. If the pimples are infected, he might need oral antibiotics. Otherwise, a good program of hygiene usually helps a lot. Some advocate feeding from only metal or ceramic bowls
I had this problem and my vet told me it was because my cat was most likely allergic to plastic - cats have a tendency to rub their chins on their food bowls - and for some cat's it causes acne like rashes. They build up an allergy to the plastic over time. I replaced my cats bowls with ceramic ones and the problem went away! :o) Jen
Looks like you've already got some great advice on your problem. Just wanted to add that it helps to change your pet's food dish every day. My vet said that the oils in cat food (including dry, which my cat eats) can clog up pores in the cat's chin, causing blackheads, pimples ...feline acne.
Sea Breeze or rubbing Alcohol. Do it for a week straight once a day, then once every other day until you can get it down to twice a week. Both my cats have it, one has it realy bad where he gets deep sores and the other one I only haev to do it twice a week.