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lucidity03
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From:Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 03-09-2004 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
My youngest cat, Zoe has a weird rash(?) on her mouth. It almost looks like a bunch of little pimples just on the one side of her jaw near her mouth.

We tried to switch out plastic dishes for porcelin because we wondered if there was bacteria bothering her.

But, it's been a week and it hasn't gone away. It doesn't bother her or itch her. She lets me touch it and doesn't care. It's not a very big spot... we thought it was a shadow on her face at first.

I was going to schedule a vet visit next week. But, I was wondering if anyone knows what this could be or if there would be a home remedy?

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MaryNH
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From:Campton, NH USA
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posted 03-09-2004 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
you can keep her chin clean with Stridex wipes until the acne clears up

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wtpooh
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From:Fairfield, CT
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posted 03-09-2004 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wtpooh     Edit/Delete Message
I would definately stay away from the plastic food dishes. A friend of mine's cat had the same problem. When I told her about this possibly being caused by the plastic dishes she switched to porcelin. I don't know how long it took but it did clear up after she switched but I would give it another week or so to clear up before making a vet appointment.

Using Stridex, or any other human acne medicine, would scare me. Mary..have you check this out with a vet?

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 03-09-2004 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Cats can get acne. This article has a lot of info on different skin conditions:
http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/cat_skin_hair_problems.htm

Maybe it will help you figure out what she has.

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lucidity03
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From:Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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posted 03-10-2004 05:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, guys. I am a little worried to try a human product on a cat. I would ask the vet first. I don't know if her ingesting an alcohol-based product would be harmful. If it's right near her lip, I'm sure she'll get a taste of whtever I put on her.

I plan on getting her to the vet in the next couple of weeks. It had to be put off because of some family matters that just popped up.

It doesn't seem to bother her and she's as active and goofy as ever. So, I am going to try and get her in pretty soon.

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MaryNH
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From:Campton, NH USA
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posted 03-10-2004 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
on another cat board I belong to lots of people recommend Stridex wipes to clean the cat acne...I've been lucky enough to not have a problem so can't attest to how it works but I know many of them use it.

I used to have a cat that had problems with feline acne and I used (per vet) the orange stuff that is used for surgeries (can't think of the name...was there but it kinda left my head - still thinking) benzacane or something like that

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Samsintentions
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posted 03-10-2004 05:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Samsintentions     Edit/Delete Message
you mean betadine? Its just iodine, it will stain the crud out of her fur, and won't come off untill it litterally wears off...

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lucidity03
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posted 03-10-2004 06:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
I actually wondered if an old-fashioned washing would work (mild soap with washcloth... used gently, of course). I'm not sure it it would make her chapped and irritated or if it would dry up whatever's on her.

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MaryNH
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From:Campton, NH USA
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posted 03-10-2004 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
yes it was the betadine and yes it stained the crap out of her chin....this was a cat who suffered allergies her entire life and was CRF - maybe it had something to do with that (who knows she's been gone now for about 11 years)...but that was the stuff - the orange stuff they put on a body part before surgery. Vet had me scrub her chin with it whenever she had a breakout of acne (that and use glass or ceramic dishes).

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