October 05, 2012

Zitty Kitty


What you're looking at is acne on Abbi's cute little chin.  None of my cats, until Abbi, has ever had problems with acne.  This isn't even the worst of it - that was last November/December, when the acne had spread down about an inch more.  

Why am I sharing this with you?  Because even the Crazy Cat Lady of southeastern Michigan's cats have issues.  

When Abbi started breaking out last fall at three years of age, it was thought she was reacting to stress in my home.  I felt so bad because she's seemingly the most happy-go-lucky furry friend here.  I thought, surely, Ateret would've broken out under the circumstances last fall when I was dealing with the imminent death, and then the death of one of my dearest friends.  Abbi was so itchy and such a mess that I began washing her chin with Murad anti-aging acne cleanser - the same stuff I use on my face.  We had a whole routine:  Abbi and I'd go into the potty room, shut the door.  Abbi would jump onto the windowsill and watch me wash my face.  Then, I'd wash her chin.  We'd both pat dry.  She then got treated with alcohol-free Stridex sensitive, as recommended by her veterinarian.  Then, she'd get moisturized with L'occitane shea butter hand cream because the Stridex made her kind of itchy.

Abbi's chin healed after a month or so.  Now, she's breaking out again. Who doesn't have stress in their home?  Please! We use ceramic or porcelain bowls that are regularly washed.  The potty is cleaned at least twice a day.  

Do any of your kitties have acne problems?  What do you do for them?  

10 comments:

  1. Truffle developed feline acne about a month ago, but it's not really bad. She's scheduled to visit the vet for her annual check up in two weeks and I'll see what he says about treating it.

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  2. Thank you! I look forward to hearing about what your vet says about this.

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  3. Basil breaks out about twice a year. You are doing everything my vet said to do. He did tell me if he got pus in them at that time he would put him on meds. Washing his chin once or twice a day I have been able to get it to clear up. pam

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    1. Hi, Pam. Last year when Abbi broke out all over her chin, almost down to her neck, her veterinarian was concerned about abscesses forming. I see her oozing, and I squeeze everything out that I can. She gets angry, but it's for her own good. I gave her something last fall - it wasn't an antibiotic. I can't remember what it was. I'll ask our vet.

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  5. I've heard of this but not seen it in my cats. Isn't acne hormonal? If so, then maybe it's just part of her natural cycle - like shedding. Give her a furry purry headbutt from all of us anyway!

    Au, Target and Guido.

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    1. I think it's from something having to do with the glands that produce the oil they use to mark things. I get upset when Abbi breaks out. Livia had a few on her chin and some hair fell out last month. My Bobbi and Tereza never broke out. Abbi was so bad last November that I shaved her chin.

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    1. Oops, what happened? Clicked the wrong button...

      Pudding had a bit of an acne problem, but once we switched everything to ceramic everything's been much better. Have you tried using the acne wipes that you can buy for humans? Those helped Pudding a lot.

      Pudding & Parfait
      http://puddingparfait.com/

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  7. I wonder on diet and what kind of food the cats eat. I have had cats that had acne issues, but never once since having them eat higher quality food. I shudder when people tell me their cats eat the food vets recommend. Well, out of 24 some North American veterinary schools, it's typical that they get 4 hours of training in nutrition. That's it, that's all. Furthermore, it's also typical that vets tend to offer food they get a personal cash incentive to offer. Which, for me, makes it all so much more suspect to begin with. Did you also know that pet food brands begin courting vets in vet school, their classes and class lives are inundated with pamphlets and brand paraphernalia. But I digress...

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