Feline Acne

Feline Acne


We all suffer from acne at some point in our lives and our furry friends are no different. Feline acne presents itself as blackheads that are mainly situated on the cats chin, eyelids and base of the tail.


Cats have sebaceous glands that secrete oils that lubricate the skin. When a cat suffers from acne, the hair follicles become blocked thus resulting in blackheads. If left untreated, the blackheads may become swollen, itchy, and sore with pus like appearance.


No one really knows what causes feline acne, although cats that feed from plastic containers seem to be more at risk and prone to developing feline acne. It is recommended that cat owners change the feed bowls to porcelain or glass and remove all plastic containers to heed any development of Feline Acne.


Some also suggest that feline acne is a result of stress, so it is important that your kitty resides in a relaxed atmosphere.


If feline acne is left untreated, the area will become infected along with swelling. In some cases, cats have to be sedated to drain the thickened pus that had become trapped resulting in inflammation.


If your cat has acne, there are some steps to take to have those nasty blackheads gone once and for all.


Mild cases:


1) Change bowls from plastic to ceramic

2) Invest in a flea comb and comb away those blackhead

3) Purchase some iodine and mix with water. This diluted solution will clean away any bacteria.


Severe cases:


1) Change bowls from plastic to ceramic

2) Take your cat to the vet. If the area is infected with pus or swelling, you will need veterinarian intervention. Medication may be needed along with sedation to drain the thickened pus.


We all grow out of acne at some point in our lives, and once you follow these steps; your kitty too, will grow out of the acne stage.


Jaime Sky

Veterinary Nurse Trainer




Trainee Veterinary Nurse Workshop






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