Feline Acne

In most cases, you can just monitor the situation and the acne will go away on its own or at least, not get any worse. As teenagers are told, the more you mess with it, the worse it can get. Keep your hands off!

It’s when the case is more severe that you need to step in and get veterinary help to clear up the problem. The acne can morph into ugly bumps and start to bleed. Hair loss on the chin can be from the cat rubbing his face on the carpet to relieve the itch or from the acne itself. Your veterinarian should test for parasites, bacteria and yeast. Usually, acne at this stage can be treated with an antibiotic injection by your vet and topically by a medicated wipe you can use at home.

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Food allergies could be part of the problem—have you switched foods? Grain-free foods might be the answer. Metal or ceramic dishes should be used when feeding your cat—it’s harder to keep plastic dishes germ and bacteria-free. Start washing food bowls daily to lessen the chance of additional infection.

If the acne still persists or worsens, a daily dose of antibiotics is needed. Liquid antibiotics will be much easier than a pill for you to give at home. You’ll also need to do a daily chin wash with medicated shampoo. Since your cat may not agree with these solutions, wrap him in a towel to keep struggling legs and claws away from you while you treat him. Recruiting a second person as a cat wrangler is an even bigger help.

If your cat is a therapy cat, he won’t be able to do any visiting while he has a bleeding chin. He is not contagious but he could easily get an infection. Stay home until any sores are healed.

Acne is not an emergency situation but you should be aware of it and if it shows signs of getting worse, make an appointment with your veterinarian. In the beginning stages, it will bother you more than it bothers your cat!

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4 comments on “Feline Acne

kntrygrl256 February 16, 2015
My white cat gets this a few times a year. I usually use a warm washcloth and clean it really well then put Listerine on it with a cotton ball several times a day. It usually clears it up within a few days. It bothers me more than it does him, LOL.
kmcwtfd March 31, 2012
I stopped using plastic bowls and bought stainless steel. 9 cats - no acne.
livs2laff March 21, 2012
Took my cat to the vet. She had blackheads under her chin. Our vet told me to use Stridex pads (yes, the ones teenagers use) but to get the ones without alcohol in it and rub under her chin and then rinse with a wet washcloth and comb through. Did this for 3 days and it worked!
chiss March 14, 2012
I used hydrogen peroxide on a wash cloth and just wiped under my cat's chin. Went away after a few days.

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