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Black spot/rash near mouth

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone, this is my first post! But I've been lurking around for a while.

Anyways, my oldest cat Toby (about 1yr 1/2) has developed this rash looking area around his mouth and I don't know what it is or how he got it. At first it was small and I thought it was a battle scar from playing with his brother Nibbler but the spot just seemed to get bigger. I went away for Spring Break and left them with my sister who didn't notice the spot at all, but as soon as I got home I knew it was at least twice the size it was at the end of last month. I took a picture to better explain myself. Needless to say Toby was NOT liking the picture taking.

Does anyone know what this is?
post #2 of 16
Ollie has this on his mouth I mistook it for feline acne, he actuallyn has gingervitus. he had a jabfor it and tablets, its going down now.
post #3 of 16
I would certainly recommend a vet visit.

I have had a cat with sever Gingivitis (gum disease) and this kind of thing is not a symptom that I am familiar with?
post #4 of 16
That is feline acne.
You can rid this by gently scrubbing the area with a good facial scrub, I use Phisoderm.
Twice to three times a day.

Gingivitis is a gum disease.
post #5 of 16
Yes, feline acne. Chichi used to get this--- switch your kitties to metal,glass, or ceramic water and food bowls- the plastic ones can harbor bacteria. Wash their bowls out everyday with soap and water. If it persists, take em' to the vet and get some ointment for em'.

Oh, and welcome to TCS
post #6 of 16
looks like acne here too.. but I advise a vet visit to make sure
post #7 of 16
Definitely feline acne. Seen it on many many cats. My cats Autumn and Clover have it. I was told about 10 years ago there was nothing to help it and it dosen' tbother them much (other than occasionally itchy) . But I think vets have something for it nowadays. If they scratch a lot then you have to keep an eye on it that it dosen't get infected (not common but a possibility). Clover's is starting to go away and he is 12. It comes and goes with Autumn. Its not like human acne.

It has also been linked to using plastic dishes, as its a form of allergic reaction. However, my cats don't use plastic and they still have some issues with it.
post #8 of 16
Yep I'd say Acne. My Jordan had it although not that bad. I would say if you notice any puss you need to make a vet visit. I used warm water and peroxide to clean his chin daily. My Jordan has to have metal bowls everything else gives him acne & from what I've heard white chined cats seem to get it worse than other cats. Although that could just be an old wive's tale.
post #9 of 16
Originally Posted by Sar
I would certainly recommend a vet visit.

I have had a cat with sever Gingivitis (gum disease) and this kind of thing is not a symptom that I am familiar with?
Ollies was right by his gumes round his actual mouth, maybe thats why, sorry.

But it looked simllar to that just round the mouth. I orginally though acne, but the vet said it's from his aggravation to eat making it go round his mouth because of his gums.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help everyone! I'll try to start treating it today and switch out his water bowl, its the only plastic one they use, the rest are ceramic.
post #11 of 16
If I were you I'd switch to ceramic for water & metal for food. I tried ceramic for food with Jordan & his got better but didn't go away until I switched to metal for food.
post #12 of 16
What type of matt are you placing the dishes on? My guy got the feline acne from the plastic place matt that was so cute. Couldn't figure out where else since we only use glass. Took that away and good bye acne.
post #13 of 16
Wash the food bowls everyday.
post #14 of 16
That looks just like Sophie's chin, which I noticed about a week ago or so. She is NOT happy about having her face washed twice a day with anti-bacterial soap, but it seems to be helping.
I think it just shows up more on cats with white chins. Makes me wonder if any of the other girls have it. I'm sure they'll be thrilled when I line them up for inspection.
post #15 of 16
Wash it with klorhexidin (or anti-bacterial soap) and put some aloe vera gel on (or aloe vera juice from the plant). It usually helps here when my cat gets it.
post #16 of 16
Autumn had an acne outbreak very suddenly after her dental work at the vet. I started yesterday, rubbing the area with a wash cloth with colloidal silver on it. By the end of the day the area improved significantly (it was getting really bad by the time I realized the problem). I'm going to continue and see if it will go away with this method.
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