About cat acne
Cat acne is a very common skin disease in cats. It may occur once, occasionally or chronically. Cat acne is the most common in the chin, but it may also be found in other places, but it is mainly the chin. . This situation can occur at any age, gender, and breed, but it seems to be mostly adult and old cats, and relatively few kittens. Cat acne can make cats painful, pus, and pustules. It is very uncomfortable for cats. So they will always want to scratch, so you must wear a headgear in this situation.
Cat acne is caused by the blockage of the hair follicles around the oil-producing sebaceous glands, so there will be acne or formation in the lower bag, which is a bit like human blackheads. If there is further infection, it may cause folliculitis and the chin will be swollen. That’s why the black spots on the cat’s chin can’t be ignored!
But why it causes clogged hair follicles, researches have not yet given specific reasons. There are some possible reasons that may be mentioned below.
Symptoms of cat acne
Cat chin acne is the most common clinical symptom. The chin will be dark and dirty. In addition to appearing on the chin, acne may also appear on the lower or upper lip, usually as a small lump. If you look closely at the cat’s chin, you will find blackheads and infected follicles and the lips and jaw may become swollen and inflamed.
In daily life, you may not notice that cats have acne, because the appearance looks more like dirt than acne. Some people mistakenly think that it is dirty after eating, and the hair will be accompanied by “greasy” thanks, so It is easy for the owner to ignore this situation. Some will feel pain when touched. If not handled carefully, it is easy to cause folliculitis, which can lead to swelling, hair loss, skin redness, and even bleeding.
Possible causes of cat acne
As mentioned earlier, the cause of cat acne is not yet clear. However, some potential risk factors have been identified, such as:
Abnormal oil secretion;
Poor immune system;
Contact or specific dermatitis caused by allergies;
Bad cleaning habits (e.g., if the cat food bowl is not cleaned, bacteria can easily breed)
In recent years, there have been some studies that have found that cat acne is clearly related to the use of plastic food bowls.
At first, it was thought that the contact of plastic materials would cause allergies and then lead to acne, but now people think that too many bacteria will remain on the plastic food bowl, which can lead to the occurrence of acne.
Compared with glass, ceramics, or stainless steel, plastic is difficult to clean by hand, so when the cat eats, the chin will touch the bowl, which will cause cat acne.
Prevention and caring
I have already mentioned the possible causes of cat acne. Then how do we prevent and avoid cat acne? It’s actually very simple, please refer to the following points!
Reduce cat stress and provide a better environment
As the name suggests, we want cats to live in an environment and residence with abundant activity space, especially vertical space. Cat jumping platform is a high-quality first choice that can help enrich the environment. The purpose of enriching the environment is to let the cat have more free space, even his own space, and the purpose is to reduce the cat’s stress.
And this also involves cat behavior, because a rich environment can increase cat activity and reduce stress, and it can also reduce the chance of family fights with multiple cats. The enrichment of the environment is not only enough vertical space, but also includes hidden food toys, cat TV, places to watch the scenery, places to hide, and different senses of smell and taste. Adequate hunting can also help cats reduce stress.
Clean the cat’s chin regularly
You can clean your cat’s chin from time to time, especially right after eating. After all, it is the dirtiest time after eating. Some feeds or canned foods are oily, and cats tend to get on the cat’s chin when eating.
The cleaning method can be wiped with gauze moistened with warm water, or wet paper towels available for pets. Usually, you can gently clean high frequency may make the cat uncomfortable. Do not pull the chin directly with your hands, otherwise, it may cause redness and inflammation.
Health products supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids
Omega3 is the most common health product that can help reduce inflammation, and it is also a choice often recommended by veterinary hospitals.
The easiest to find on the market is commercially available fish oil, which can suppress inflammation.
Replace the food bowl
As mentioned earlier, some studies have pointed out that plastic bowls are easy to breed bacteria, so it is recommended to replace them with porcelain bowls, stainless steel, and glass bowls to more effectively reduce the chance of cat acne.
Shaving chin hair
Especially for long-haired cats, if the chin hair is too long or messy, it is recommended to shave it off, which will be more convenient for future cleaning, and it is less likely to get oily stains or breed bacteria.
Go to the veterinarian
If your cat’s cat acne is already very serious, such as bleeding, suppuration, etc., please take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible, because the inflammation usually causes itchy problems. Your cat will want to scratch, and then it may bleed. Infection of the wound can cause the condition to become more serious and even become cellulitis.
The veterinarian may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, steroids, etc., which can control the condition in a short time.