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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I discovered this dark spot on the chin of the new kitten I brought home. The breeder said she had a fungus problem a while ago and this could be it, but she's really not sure what it is. She said it's not a normal spot where feline acne would be.
I asked her if the fungus she was dealing with was ringworm and awaiting her reply.

Does it look like anything familiar to you?


Bigger version: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3526/...2f655c20_b.jpg


Bigger version: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3522/...eb0f1246_b.jpg
post #2 of 10
I don't think it looks like ringworm. And it's rather large to be acne (though not completely impossible since related diseases/reactions can be larger). It does look like there may be some acne, or at least dirty areas near by the spot, too.

Personally, I wouldn't wait on the breeder. If your vet is still open see if you can get an appointment for tomorrow or ask what can be done tonight, because that looks icky.
post #3 of 10
What's the texture of it? Is it crusty? Oily? When I looked at the second, closer up picture, it almost looks like just dark fur?

Jennie has a little patch of fur under her chin that even after two years I sometimes think is acne and I rush to look, but it's just fur.

Mazy has little dark dots under her eyes that I still think after almost five years that she has cruds in her eyes.

However I agree with the other poster, that if you are sure it's not just the color of the fur, get the kitten to the vet now.

What kind of breeder releases a kitten in such condition? I shudder to think.

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post #4 of 10
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I've actually had her for a week and just took the picture last night to send to the breeder. It doesn't SEEM to be getting worse and it's not bleeding or anything. It's just not going away. The texture is a bit harder than the rest of her skin, but it's not exactly what I would describe as "scabby/crusty" either. Just a bit harder and of course it looks super dark.

The breeder wrote back to me and said that she doesn't like to call it ringworm because all fungal infections in dogs and cats are called ringworm and there are over 300 different types of "ringworm" (not sure if this is fact...just relaying what she said). She said the fungus she dealt with a while ago did not look like the average ringworm -- they formed little scab-like things that were gray to black in color.

I think this may be what this kitten has.
post #5 of 10
Were you able to get her an appointment with the vet? do you have other cats? they could be at risk, now too.

Please keep us updated. What's the kitten's name?
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by KatGoddess View Post
It doesn't SEEM to be getting worse and it's not bleeding or anything.
The color in the second picture close up looks like dried blood to me. Try gently rubbing it with a wet Q-tip and see if it's reddish.

Your breeder didn't happen to share the specific name of that fungus, did she? If not, press her to do so as it can give your vet a starting point.

I've not heard of there being that many types of ringworm. I do know that in people it gets different names depending on where it is on the body.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by KatGoddess View Post
The breeder wrote back to me and said that she doesn't like to call it ringworm because all fungal infections in dogs and cats are called ringworm and there are over 300 different types of "ringworm" (not sure if this is fact...just relaying what she said). She said the fungus she dealt with a while ago did not look like the average ringworm -- they formed little scab-like things that were gray to black in color.

I think this may be what this kitten has.
There is indeed several different fungi that cause ringworm....though not in the hundreds. Ringworm is typically caused by one of 3 types of fungi.

Did your cat come with a health guarentee? If so, I would definately be getting the breeder to fix this situation especially since she's had a fungal outbreak in her cattery.


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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post

Your breeder didn't happen to share the specific name of that fungus, did she? If not, press her to do so as it can give your vet a starting point.


That kitty needs to be seen at the vets and get a skin scraping done....

I noticed in the pics it looks like the kitty is missing fur, or has very thin fur around her lips as well.

It doesn't look like ringworm, possibly a complicated case of acne, or it could even be feline mange.

that kitty gets into the vet asap, as fungal infections can spread easily, not to mention contaminate your environment or spread to other pets.

that the breeder does their part in rectifying this poor kitties illness.
post #8 of 10
Look at your contract from the breeder - usually you have 14 days health guarantee. Do NOT GUESS - take the kitty immediately to the vet to be tested... It can be many many things... It doesn't look like ringworm, and I never seen acne look like that.
Now, how did a breeder send you a potentially sick kitty, is beyond me... but anyways... Take him to the vet, and see what they say. If you wait, you will void your guarantee, and all monetary losses will be your responsibilities.
post #9 of 10
Any news about this? was the kitten taken to the vet?
post #10 of 10
also checking in for news...
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