Just as teenagers, cats may get acne. Of course, not to the extent of humans, however, acne in cats may cause their good source of aesthetic problems. Typically, cat acne will appear on the cat’s chin and will appear as tiny black dots resembling black heads. In some cases, the cat may develop red unsightly bumps and swollen chins. It is most common in young cats and it may develop once the cat is about 1 year old.
The causes of cat acne may be various, from allergies, hormonal unbalances to irritation due to excessive scratching. When acne occurs, bacteria accumulates causing problems. Often, a bacterial infection will form inside a blocked oil gland. In such cases, there are some things that can be tried at home to make the situation better:
- Clean the Area
Simply clean the cat’s chin area with a gentle soap using a clean wash cloth. Try to scrub in a bit. This helps remove some harmful bacteria. However, you do not want to scrub to hard to aggravate the area. Then remove the soap with some warm water and with the cloth still warm from the water, place it on the cat’s chin for about 5 minutes.
- Aloe Vera
In some cases, Aloe Vera gel may give relief. Simply smear a small amount and massage into the skin on the chin. You can get aloe gel straight from the plant or you may purchase some at your local pharmacy. Make sure the gel contains only aloe gel and that it is not combined with other products which may be harmful.
- Epsom Salts
Soaking the area with Epsom salts may help promote drainage to the area. -Shampoo and Tea Scrubbing gently with a nail brush some watered down Selsun Blue shampoo may be helpful in some cases. The area then may be rinsed with some green tea. Ensure the shampoo does not get licked off and that it does not get anywhere near the eyes.
- Check the Bowl
If your cat uses plastic or ceramic bowls to eat or drink these may be the culprit. Many cats develop an intolerance to them and develop that unsightly acne in the chin. The reason behind this is the fact that both these materials have a porous structure that tends to trap harmful bacteria. Try to switch to metal bowls.
Most cases of cat acne will eventually go away after a few days. However, some may linger longer if they are due to chronic exposure to chemicals, detergents or pesticides found in the cat’s environment or if the acne is due to hormones.
As much as one would like to treat a case of feline acne at home, there some instances that require veterinary attention. If the area does not appear to heal or if the cat appears to be particularly bothered by it, the cat may require veterinary attention. In some cases, a course of antibiotics may be required.
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.