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I know that with 'actual' acne on a cat's chin they do say to brush it before/after cleaning the area, but to me that is a bit different than 'popping' the places. Maybe, it is not - what do I know??
 
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I know that with 'actual' acne on a cat's chin they do say to brush it before/after cleaning the area, but to me that is a bit different than 'popping' the places. Maybe, it is not - what do I know??
Don't worry. I learned my lesson. I'm going to him because i want to heal her faster. But I'll be researching anything he tells me to do. If i had googled popping blackheads(which is what he showed me to do) i would have seen that its a bad thing to do.

Edit: I wanted to go to an actual derm. But their appointments are months away.
 
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Is it possible that they'll give elsa antibiotics? I was reading online that some cats are allergic and can stop breathing while taking them. So now I'm terrified of what they'll give me.:sigh:
 

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Is it possible that they'll give elsa antibiotics? I was reading online that some cats are allergic and can stop breathing while taking them. So now I'm terrified of what they'll give me.:sigh:
I totally get the hesitation for most any med for a cat. But, they are not all 'doom and gloom', and I don't know what you read but prohibition to breathing is NOT common - not to mention that is what is called an anaphylactic reaction than can be treated with a quick injection to ward off the effects. You are way overthinking this, IMO.

If you don't understand what the vet is telling you, you HAVE EVERY RIGHT to ask questions, over and over again. That is your RIGHT as a cat owner.
 
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I totally get the hesitation for most any med for a cat. But, they are not all 'doom and gloom', and I don't know what you read but prohibition to breathing is NOT common - not to mention that is what is called an anaphylactic reaction than can be treated with a quick injection to ward off the effects. You are way overthinking this, IMO.

If you don't understand what the vet is telling you, you HAVE EVERY RIGHT to ask questions, over and over again. That is your RIGHT as a cat owner.
I have my reasons for fearing anything medical. My mom passed 6 years ago. I had to rush to the hospital with her and see people shove tubes down her throat because she couldnt breathe. She passed away in our home when her heart suddenly stopped (she had pancreatic cancer.)

I do understand i am being a bit silly. But ive been worrying all day about taking elsa to the vet. :sigh: I will let you all know how it goes. I am praying for an easy solution.
 

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I have my reasons for fearing anything medical. My mom passed 6 years ago. I had to rush to the hospital with her and see people shove tubes down her throat because she couldnt breathe. She passed away in our home when her heart suddenly stopped (she had pancreatic cancer.)
I am so sorry. My sister (54) and my mom (81) passed away from pancreatic cancer - within 4 months of each other. The breathing, was no doubt, related to an accompanying illness. FWIW, both passed away at home without tube interventions.

There is absolutely nothing silly about being worried. But you have to put things into perspective, as no one illness - much less many different ones - present themselves in the same way. I cannot imagine that your little girl is in danger! Keep the faith and be positive!!
 
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I am so sorry. My sister (54) and my mom (81) passed away from pancreatic cancer - within 4 months of each other. The breathing, was no doubt, related to an accompanying illness. FWIW, both passed away at home without tube interventions.

There is absolutely nothing silly about being worried. But you have to put things into perspective, as no one illness - much less many different ones - present themselves in the same way. I cannot imagine that your little girl is in danger! Keep the faith and be positive!!
thank you for your kind words. I know i am just feeding into my own anxiety. I am very sorry for your loss. My sister is 54 right now. She is still young in my eyes and vibrant. It's hard no matter the age of the person we lose, but it's especially hard when they are still young.

p.s. to lighten the mood, my sister has me trained to say she is young no matter what age she becomes. :flail:
 
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Well, what counts is that you are getting it treated! Does the vet still want to consider this to be blackheads? Maybe more so likely to be caused by a food allergy? They seem to affect the head and neck most often.
He's just a regular vet not a specialist. I know it happened from a collar tho. It was soft and comfy but she would itch at it. When i bought her a new one i saw the blackheads for the first time. That's when i chipped her.
 

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Your cat could have an allergy to plastic or something that was in the collar. Do you use any fea prevention? The area almost looks surgical now. I would be very careful of doing anything with it at this point. But, it does look like your cat needs systemic antibiotics or something like that now.
 
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Your cat could have an allergy to plastic or something that was in the collar. Do you use any fea prevention? The area almost looks surgical now. I would be very careful of doing anything with it at this point. But, it does look like your cat needs systemic antibiotics or something like that now.
He didn't recommend systemic antibiotics. He only gave me an antibiotic cream. He said to come back in a week if i don't see an improvement.

My cat is indoor only so no Flea medicine. I'm just going to use the saline solution and the cream. And see if it improves. I'll go back next Saturday if there's no improvement.

Edit: the cream is silver sulfadiazine.
 
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Update: Elsa hasnt scratched herself once since we got home. I still dont know if the treatment will work, but its a relief to not see her itching at herself.

So far I've seen the bump come down a bit and one of the bigger black heads is finally exposed. Not a huge difference, but an improvement.
 
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