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black gritty stuff under chin, help!!

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Hello, I have a 10 month calico who has developped a sort of black gritty thing on her chin. They look like tiny fleas, but she is an indoor cat and I treat her with frontline regularly so she doesn't have any. I can take the black things off with my fingers, but they keep coming back. The wierd thing is, she only has them on the brown part of her chin, nowhere else. Has anyone seen this and what can I do to get rid of it?
thank you
post #2 of 8
Sounds like acne to me... my kitten had that. We had to take her to the vet and he gave us some shampoo to clean her chin. But hers wasn't that serious.
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really, even if it isn'tdirectly on her skin?
post #4 of 8
PLastic bowls promote acne so if you're using plastic you should switch to ceramic, glass or metal.
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thanks for the advice, unfortunately I don't use any plastic around my animals except for the litter box
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My vet told me to use either peroxide and water mixed, or vinegar to get rid of it, and to wash their food and water dishes frequently and use glass or stainless steel bowls.
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Originally Posted by thej16woohoo
really, even if it isn'tdirectly on her skin?
I believe so. And yeah, I don't use any plastic either. You might try washing the food and water dishes more often and see if that helps. A vet visit couldn't hurt. I'm sure other people can offer you better advice tho!
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I agree that a vet visit wouldn't hurt. When I got Patsy she had what I now know was feline acne. It looked just like dirt to me. Her vet gave me some soap to wash her chin and some other meds and it cleared right up. I was also told to use ceramic, stainless steel or glass at first. Then when my cats went back to the vet for their yearly exam the vet told me that she now found that glass is the best. Alot of her other patients developed the acne with the ceramic and stainless steel bowls. What ever you use wash the bowls frequently and that will help quite a bit. One other thing I was told that if the acne goes untreated for a while it becomes very uncomfortable for the cat.
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