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thecoachman
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posted 09-09-2003 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thecoachman     Edit/Delete Message
We are hoping for any help available in terms of advice....

For several months, our 6 year old cat has been getting scab-like patches in the fur under her chin. The "scabs" are about a quarter of an inch in diameter (sometimes smaller) and occur at different locations on her chin frequently. They look like oozes of brownish black puss that leeches out of her pores. She has no other symptoms that we can tell and the "scabs" do not seem to be sore.
We appreciate any comments......

Thank you!
Chris, Mary, and Lucky the cat

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wtpooh
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posted 09-09-2003 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wtpooh     Edit/Delete Message
I have been told that plastic food dishes cause this. I mentioned it to a friend who's cats had the same problem and when she stopped using those dishes the problem cleared up.

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thecoachman
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posted 09-09-2003 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thecoachman     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, we forgot to mention that our other 2 cats do not show any syptoms (besides being little fattys) of any kind.

We use glass and metal dishes only.

She also doesn't use the litter box for urine. She was abused as a kitten and has a major behavioral problem. She is a good cat to us but fights w/ the others and does not like other people.

anything would help.....

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nern

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posted 09-09-2003 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like he may have feline acne.
Here is some info: http://www.thedailycat.com/netscape/bringing/grooming/archive/acne/
Recognizing Acne
Feline acne is a localized infection and almost always affects the chin area. It usually starts as small, oily black plugs in the chin -- much like blackheads -- sometimes progressing into inflamed pustules or pimples. The condition is caused by infected (or plugged) hair follicles. Grooming the chin area is difficult for kitty, which leads to a build-up of dirt and oil, and eventually, acne.

Possible Causes
Causes of feline acne vary, and include food allergies, contact allergies, lack of cleanliness, and even stress. However, plastic food and water dishes are major culprits. Plastic is a magnet for bacteria (which may irritate your cat's skin, causing the acne) and dirt that work their way into scratches and nicks, continually infecting your cat. Switching to glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowls is the best solution, along with thoroughly washing your cat's dishes every day. Cats with flat faces, such as Persians and Exotics, are particularly susceptible to feline acne and may need your assistance in cleaning their chins after meals.

Treatment Options
Treatment varies, but most veterinarians will recommend daily cleaning of the affected area with an antibiotic soap, followed by a topical ointment, either antibiotic or anti-fungal. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed, as well as a scrub with hydrogen peroxide. NEVER try to pop or drain the pustules, as this spreads the infection and furthers the problem.

When feline acne does not respond to topical treatment, there are a couple of things to consider. The first one is whether or not it really is feline acne. It may be one of the conditions that can mimic feline acne, such as ringworm, food allergies, yeast infections, or demodectic mange. If it is feline acne and conventional treatments aren't working, your veterinarian should culture one of the pustules, and then choose an oral or systemic antibiotic based on the culture results.

Feline acne can turn into serious infection, so don't take it lightly. Talk to your veterinarian about the best course of action.

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thecoachman
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posted 09-09-2003 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thecoachman     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you so very much for your response. This desciption of acne sounds much like what our cat may suffer from; however, we will take her to the vet to make sure it is not something more serious. Again, thank you for the information.

Chris, Mary, and Lucky

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