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post #1 of 17
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My little Serena has two or three little scabs on the right side of her face, on her lower jaw. She scratches in that area quite often lately, and I think she may have scratched it raw... She has a vet appt. for Monday the 3rd, but I was wondering if I should take her before that? I don't know why all of a sudden she's scratching there. We do have a new kitten, but she doesn't have fleas, as far as I could tell...
post #2 of 17
Hi SerenasMommy,

My cats developed what we refer to as scrunge under their chin. After some investigating, we found it to be the Science Diet they were eating. Once we changed foods, the scratching cleared up as did sores.

Leilani
post #3 of 17
Stress can cause what is called Cat Scab. It is good that you have a vet appointment make sure you tell her/him you have a new kitten.Is your cat licking her inside legs and abdomen so that she is losing hair? If it is stress it easy to help your cat throught this keep your appoinment and post what the vet said
Good Luck
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by SerenasMommy
My little Serena has two or three little scabs on the right side of her face, on her lower jaw. She scratches in that area quite often lately, and I think she may have scratched it raw... She has a vet appt. for Monday the 3rd, but I was wondering if I should take her before that? I don't know why all of a sudden she's scratching there. We do have a new kitten, but she doesn't have fleas, as far as I could tell...
Pixel gets these when she has a herpes flare-up. Java has what looks like flea dirt under her chin, but she doesn't have fleas so i don't know what it is - doesn't seem to bother her, tho!
post #5 of 17
could also be kitty acne - remove any plastic bowles and replace with metal or glass. dab infected areas several times a day with hydrogen peroxide - but it's the right thing to do tohave her checked out anyway!!
post #6 of 17
It is scabs or look wet? Does your cay go outside?
post #7 of 17
Do a TCS search on "acne" -- it sounds like it. There are several good threads on it here.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the responses.

Is your cat licking her inside legs and abdomen so that she is losing hair?

No, she always cleans her belly fur more often than any other part of her body, because the hair's so long, but not so that she's losing the hair.

Remove any plastic bowles and replace with metal or glass

They already use glass-type bowls for their food and water.

It is scabs or look wet? Does your cat go outside?

It's scabs. It felt wet the other day, but that's because she had scratched the scabs off.
And my cats are indoor only cats. That is, until I build an outside enclosure. Or, until I learn how to build...

She's gotten this once before, and it was when I was having some health issues, just like now. It' almost like sympathy symptoms... I don't know, but I feel so bad with her scratching all the time.
post #9 of 17
Just a note of caution - my understanding is that you should NOT use hydrogen peroxide on your kitty.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
Just a note of caution - my understanding is that you should NOT use hydrogen peroxide on your kitty.

May I ask why not - even my Vet had no problems with it.
post #11 of 17
Yes, I'm wondering why, too. Thanks....
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by SerenasMommy

It's scabs. It felt wet the other day, but that's because she had scratched the scabs off.
And my cats are indoor only cats. That is, until I build an outside enclosure. Or, until I learn how to build...

She's gotten this once before, and it was when I was having some health issues, just like now. It' almost like sympathy symptoms... I don't know, but I feel so bad with her scratching all the time.
that sounds a lot like Pixel's herpes. the vet said stress could bring it on. i give her a lysine supplement whenever she has a flareup & it takes care of it. you could try that - they sell lysine capsule that you can mix with food. it's an amino acid so it won't hurt her. it only took about a few days for Pixel's to start looking better, & she had several spots, all over her face.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for all your responses. The vet said that she has acne, and it's not severe, so right now we're just letting it be. The most recent ones have healed, but if she continues to have outbreaks, I'll find something to treat it. If anyone has any suggestions, I"m open! Thanks!
post #14 of 17
Just keeping the chin clean with periodic washing and avoiding plastic bowls should do the trick.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Hell603
May I ask why not - even my Vet had no problems with it.
Apparently hydrogen peroxide (even on humans) burns the cells around the wound and if you must use it, you should dilute it with water. Most knowledgeable folks apparently suggest that Betadine is preferrable.
post #16 of 17
Just a correction- peroxide works fine on cat acne and small scratches. On deep bite wounds and tear wounds, it will burn the exposed sensitive tissue generally left covered by hair and skin. Betadine is a better way to cleanse deep wounds.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
Just a correction- peroxide works fine on cat acne and small scratches. On deep bite wounds and tear wounds, it will burn the exposed sensitive tissue generally left covered by hair and skin. Betadine is a better way to cleanse deep wounds.
Thanks for clearing up the info MA. Appreciate your assistance.
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