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post #1 of 11
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Hello. I have a question for anyone who might have an answer. My cat Remi who is 4 has developed a small scabby thing under her little chin. She had it once before and even lost the hair around in that area. We took her to the vet they gave her a shot and some meds to take for 10 days but they just attributed it to a small infection. However my hubby and I noticed today she has it again. It's been about a month since she had it. We will take her back to the vet since it has reacurred again. But I was just wondering if it's something else that might be causing the irritation. I read somewhere that plastic bowls can cause an irritation... and maybe she is just scratching herself really hard with her back claws...I don't know...I am just looking for some helpful information until we visit the vet tomorrow.
Thanks!!
post #2 of 11
It could be cat acne . You can try washing it every day with a warm wet cloth away . Acne can come from plastic bowels and also from food alergie . If you go again to the vet , I would ask him if it is acne , he/she would know for sure if it is cat acne .
post #3 of 11
What you are describing sounds like feline acne. Can be caused by plastic bowls, dirty bowls, bad grooming habits, or allergies. Get a confirmation from a vet!

Keeping the chin clean is very important, and if she doesn't do it herself, you will either need to clean it for her or teach her to clean it herself.

This may sound weird and its not for the squeamish, but it worked for a friend of mine whose cat had chronic acne. She would lick the cats paw and rub the paw on her cats chin. The cat was orphaned young and didn't have a mom to teach it how to groom itself. Once she started this procedure with him, he started cleaning it on his own after about a week and the acne has not come back.
post #4 of 11
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I think I might have to try the "lick the cats paw and rub the paw on her cats chin". She is horrible at cleaning herself. Probably because she didn't have anyone to really teach her. I mean she watched our other cat, but she didn't pick up a lot of the normal "cat" instincts. Our other cat still does a lot of her cleaning after 4 years. Maybe she is just lazy and waits for Yogi to do it??? Thanks for the advice. We went out and got some new bowls tonight...just to be on the extra safe side. We keep the feeding and water area really clean and change it everyday. Hopefully the vet will give a better diagnosis this time. Another thing I thought of is we just moved across the country to a new and completly different environment and that is when all of this started happening...just another thought.

Thanks again...!!!
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Yogi&Remi
I think I might have to try the "lick the cats paw and rub the paw on her cats chin". She is horrible at cleaning herself.
A person after my own heart - not squeamish and willing to jump in and teach them!! Definitely get a clear diagnosis from the vet on this one. Since you just moved, it could be stress related. And if she is a bad groomer and this helps to teach her to clean herself better, long term benefit for all of you!

I switched over to ceramic and stainless bowls when my Max had chronic acne and that went a long way to resolving it. Does she by chance have a white chin (I've noticed that white chin cats are more prone to acne than others)?
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
We bought some of those ceramic bowls, hopefully it will help. If not...they are pretty cute anyways!! Yes. She does have a white Chin! I can't wait to see the vet and see what she has to say. I know it's not bothering her now, but before when it was kind of nasty, it really did. We caught it a lot sooner than we did last time. So hopefully she won't feel so bad this time.... I hate seeing my kitties in pain.
Thanks again!
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Yogi&Remi
We bought some of those ceramic bowls, hopefully it will help. If not...they are pretty cute anyways!! Yes. She does have a white Chin! I can't wait to see the vet and see what she has to say. I know it's not bothering her now, but before when it was kind of nasty, it really did. We caught it a lot sooner than we did last time. So hopefully she won't feel so bad this time.... I hate seeing my kitties in pain.
Thanks again!
I agree with the Acne thought, and I think you made a decent choice with the ceramic bowls.

Keep the bowls clean and clean her chin gently and it should clear up promptly.

Keep us posted

Spotz
post #8 of 11
My cat had this, the vet called it something besides acne. Hers was a systemic infection, which I think started in an irritation on her chin. The vet suggested all of the causes that other people here have mentioned as possibilities. We finally suspected that it was precipitated by a contact allergy to an ingredient in the food I had been giving her, which was something new I had been trying. My vet suggested that I write down the ingredients of the food, to see what was different, and the only extra thing I found was egg. So we're not giving her anything with egg in it any more.

She was very sick, lethargic, and apparently her gums were infected too. A 14 day course of Clamavox fixed her right up, and she is as active and healthy as ever now.

Oh, and I had to change food, because of the ban on pet food imports to Canada, this was the only thing that was readily available. I finally switched back to the old stuff she loves and does well on.
post #9 of 11
Yep, my 13-yr. old suffered from some sort of contact allergy that would give him little scabs on the bottom of his chin. We stopped using plastic feeding dishes, switched to ceramic and the problem pretty much resolved itself.

Sounds like it's either acne or a contact allergy.

Lisa
post #10 of 11
When I took one of my cats to the vet last Sat-she pointing out the little black pimples under bottom lip. She said cat acne this is a hard area for cats to clean and to put a dab of dishwashing soap on a moistened cotton ball and clean that area-she said that it can get infected fairly easy and then have to go on antibiotics to clean up. I haven't done it yet though. My cat dishes have always been ceramic.
post #11 of 11
Hi fellow feline lovers. This is my first visit to this site and so far I've found it helpful and interesting. My husband and I have 15 awesome cats whom we love and adore. I've noticed in the last six months, 5 of my cats have sores that look like holes and black scabs immediately under their chins. Each of them have different degrees of these sores/scabs. I started treating them with Bag Balm daily and it is clearing it up. However, I don't remember if I changed something in their environment to cause this, and can't imagine why, all of a sudden, 5 of 15 suffer from this?

After reading the threads, I got rid of the flimsy plastic and started using hard/shiny plastic that doesn't appear to be porous and purchased plastic "fountain" water bowls that have a filter and continuously runs. They absolutely love it because they loved drinking right from the faucet.

I also noticed that 4 out of the 5 cats have white chins and I've watched them groom themselves and none of them wash their chins. However, they frequently find something to rub their chins on.

They absolutely hate having Bag Balm rubbed under their chin, but it seems to prompt them to groom and within 4-5 days it's gone. But it does reappear when I stop using the Bag Balm. So it sounds like I'll be taking a trip to the vets.

I'm open to you're comments and suggestions.

Thank you!
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