Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cat Zits!!!

pustular feline chin acne

pustular feline chin acne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As embarrassing as it is to admit, even beautiful cats get chin acne.  In fact, chin acne is rather common in cats; any cat can get chin acne regardless of breed, sex, or age.  Chin acne is a benign condition that affects the lips and chins cats.  It’s easy to overlook, especially on furballs like me with dark-colored chins!  A closer look at the area often reveals tiny black speckles. These little black dots are basically black heads, also known as comedones. Potential causes of chin acne include over-active sebaceous glands (oily skin), stress, food allergies, and plastic food bowls.  Plastic is a great bonding site for protein, which makes it harder to keep clean.  Most people notice that Tupperware is really hard to clean- it always feels a little slimy.  That “slimy” feeling is actually protein bonded to the plastic (ain’t it amazing what I can learn on the Internet?).  Therefore, the vets at Cat Care, PC recommend using glass or stainless steel food and water bowls for your kitty.  Also, clean the bowls THROUGHLY every 1-3 days.  Our veterinarians can assess the severity of Fluffy’s chin acne.  Although most cases are mild and do not require treatment, some cats will have a deep skin infection that requires several weeks of antibiotic therapy.  If allergies are involved, steroids may be prescribed as well.  For home care, Dr. Sloan often recommends using hypoallergenic baby wipes to clean the chin daily, but sometimes she and the other doctors of Cat Care, PC of Rochester Hills will dispense a medicated scrub.  Dr. Thoms also uses cold laser therapy to help with the inflammation associated with chin acne.   As tempting as it may be, never pop Fluffy’s “zits,” and never use any human acne products on your kitty