Question: My cat Savanna has small black spots on her chin that might be feline acne. Is it possible for a cat to get acne, and if so, how can I treat it?
Answer: Yes, it is possible for a cat to have acne, but you must take Savanna to the vet to confirm the cause of the black spots.
Feline acne develops in the sebaceous glands on the underside of the chin and edges of the lips. It is more common in cats with oily skin and it can affect cats of any age, sex or breed.
There is no known cause but there are several possible contributing factors to feline acne such as stress, poor grooming, contact sensitivity/dermatitis, a suppressed immune system, concurrent infection or disease.
Your vet will confirm if it is acne or a similar condition such as an allergic reaction to the bacteria on rubber or plastic food and water bowls.
If it is an allergy, simply changing to stainless steel or ceramic food and water dishes will clear up the condition. Mites also need to be ruled out by your vet.
If Savanna is found to have acne, your vet will decide on the course of treatment. Never treat your cat at home with an anti-acne treatment designed for humans.
- Dr Hansel is a veterinary consultant and surgeon for the BSPCA and Charis Vets. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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