Feline Acne and Your Pet
Treating Feline Acne In Pets
Feline acne is actually a very common condition for cats. As with people, cats get acne when they are stressed, when their pores get clogged, or sometimes, just because. You can usually recognize cat acne by the small blackheads that form under your pet's chin.
There are simple cat acne treatments that can prevent your kitty acne from becoming a serious lifelong problem. Read on to learn all about how to acne proof your pet cat.
Recognizing kitty acne
Cat acne can be hard to recognize because it looks very little like what we think of as acne (ie, large pimples and blemishes). Instead, cats get small blackheads, usually under their chin. From a distance, they can look like a mark of dirt.
On short haired, light cats, you'll see these marks easily. They can be harder to spot on dark haired and long haired cats, though. If the infection proceeds, it can lead to swelling and problems around the mouth area.
Causes of kitty acne
So why on earth does your cat have acne? There can be any number of reasons, including:
-overproductive sebaceous glands (the glands that produce liquid to "waterproof" your cat). These function like oil glands in human skin and can clog pores.
-poor grooming habits
-dirty bowls (cats tend to rest their chins on their food and water bowls)
Cat acne treatment
So if you find acne on your beloved feline, what do you do? There are a number of easy cat acne treatment programs, but most of them do depend on figuring out the acne's cause. If you can't do that, you'll probably have to use some trial and error to find the solution. None of these treatments will hurt your cat, so feel free to try them all at once.
-Get rid of any plastic food dishes, since plastic attracts bacteria. Make sure you keep your cat's dishes clean: they should be washed at least once a week in hot, soapy water.
-Relieve any stressful situations in your cat's life. Consider using aromatherapy to provide a soothing environment for your pet. Make sure they are getting enough attention, especially if you have moved or gone through any major life changes.
-Wash the infected area daily with a gentle antibacterial soap (I know -- washing cats is so much fun. But it's necessary!).
-Consider changing foods to see if an allergy is the problem
If the infection is severe, you should take your cat to the vet. Vets will often clip chin hair to make it easier for both you and your pet to clean the area, and they can prescribe special antibacterial ointments to help eliminate feline acne.
In the end, kitty acne is pretty common and nothing to get upset about. Just keep your eye on it and help your cat treat the problem so that you don't end up with serious infections. Do that, and your feline acne will be a thing of the past.