West of insanity, east of apathy, deep in the heart of Texas.
Anything to be done for feline acne?
My poor little Harley cat has such bad acne outbreaks on her chin, there's hardly any hair left when things are healing. ANyone had any success with treatment for feline acne? I just wish there was something I could do for her.
My vet actually told me I could use good ol' human acne pads on my girls.
I would be careful with some human products, especially in that region.
Many contain salicylic acid, which is the active byproduct of aspirin metabolism, and aspirin can be toxic to kitties in higher doses.
I'm not sure if the use of these human products has ever been studied in cats (the presumed toxicity potential is just a hypothesis based on my pharm class), but IMHO not worth the risk without first discussing with your vet!
Feline acne may be an allergic response so even tho the paper dishes are always clean or kitty's chin doesn't touch the plastic water dish, this can be sufficient to trigger an allergy; try switching to glass/ceramic dishes.
one more vote for metal bowls. Simple stainless steel ones, wash very frequently. Saving grace for my very susceptible girl cat. I also like to use a super warm, wet washcloth to gently clean her chin regularly (when it's not broken out).
For her, as well, switching to grain free higher quality food has helped - better quality ingredients and oils and such.
Acne?! Who knew.
My vet said it was allergies. And it does only appear in the summer, gets all clear in the winter.
I'd switch to non-grain cat food.
My cats have paper plates and for water, a very large glass mixing bowl- nothing cleans up squeaky clean like glass (or pyrex ).
My horse's eyes weep in the summer and he breathes heavily in the summer, I definitely think he has allergies.
One of our cats get them. Vet said that it was not acne but rodent ulcers and we treat them with a short dose of prednisone. They tend to recur sporadically with some cats. In fact we just noticed today that he has them again for the first time in months.
He has a white chin. Wonder if they are more susceptible?
My cat had the WORST acne when I got her from the shelter. My vet said to change from plastic bowls and she gave me a benzoyl peroxide (?) cream (exactly like the cream I have for myself ) and told me to wash her chin daily with a mild soap and then apply the cream.
She hated it. It cleared up most of her acne. She still has a tiny bit, but its not bad. She does have a white little chin, so that is probably part of it. She also has some sort of allergy to lower quality foods, so I changed her to a grain free ($$$) cat food which probably has helped on both fronts.