|Purred: Fri Jan 29, '10 5:07pm PST |
Oh, Kally Kat had 2 very nasty bouts of that Feline Acne. I neva, eva heard of it before! I took her to the Vets right away. At first I noticed a dried up bloody scab & thought maybe she hit her chin on something?
Well, my Vet said oh, she has some Feline Acne. I said what? What do you mean? I never heard of it. She says just like some teenagers get.
So, the first steps to this it’s usually in almost all cases due to just changing the pet’s food dishes to all flat glass dishes. No bowls even if their glass. Stainless Steel or glass water bowls should be fine, but not the food bowls, just flat all glass.
Like, Smudge says yes, that area where the food remains on the chin oils, fats from the food that’s where the bacteria starts.
Plastic harbors bacteria & the fats, gravy or oils from either the dry kibbles or wet canned can stay on their chin areas especially long – haired cats. Now, cats cannot wash unda their chins like us hoomans can, so we or I have to wash that area to keep her clean.
I will tell you what I had to do for Kally Kat per the Vet’s instructions.
She showed me how to use a small fine tooth comb like a flea comb to scrape the black dirt off gently, you do this when her fur is dry not wet as the dirt will come off so much quicker. You’ll see all the black stuff on the table I use a white piece of Bounty paper towel.
Then I wash the area with some OxyDex shampoo, it’s a Benzoyl Peroxide pets shampoo from the Vet or you can get it online. You just put a little dab on your finger & a little water, then you wash the affected area very gently, you don’t want to rub hard as it will only irritate her chin.
Then you rinse off with clear water with a few wet nice & warm water fresh paper towels; I tried to rinse her at the sink with a little cup of water holy Kats! That wasn’t too successful.
Dry the area gently & apply a litta dab of OxyDex Gel Topical Antibacterial cream for pets, on the affected areas only. I had to e – collar Kally Kat so she wouldn’t lick the cream off. You can also go to a drugstore to purchase a good quality 2% Benzoyl Peroxide cream.
Even if a pet owner cannot afford to buy Professional shampoos & creams, using a mild fragrance – free Baby Aveeno baby wash is good, but no Dawn or dishwashing liquids. Dawn is great for removing dirt & grease, but it’s a detergent & it can be too harsh on that affected area.
It took me about a week for it to clear up. My Vet said not to go to hard at it cleaning it like rubbing the area. She said to wash the affected area about 3 times a week as to give it a chance to heal. At first I washed her chin eveyday & I wasb't aware that I was aggravating & irritating it more.
The flat glass dishes was the best changes I made that made all the difference.
Now, when I brush her teeth every other day, I check that area to keep my eye on it. So far so gud!
You need to tackle the skin eruption right away or it can get very infected & even reach the eye areas.
Kally Kat’s Vet said she has large pores & long hair & that area is an area that cats need a little extra hoomans help!
I’m sure yur Vet would prescribe an anti- biotic if they felt it was necessary, but not in all cases.
Kally Kats Vet said proper hygiene & changing the food to flat glass dishes is the best way to go.
Flat glass dishes, no plastics, no paper plates as they are usually coated in plastics. You know how cats are always marking their chins on everything including us hoomans lol…
Just the marking & rubbing they are making contact & they are their worse enemies to that affected area unbeknownst to them!
I’m gonna give you a website if you would like to visit for more information about Feline Acne & skin conditions. Oh, I read so much stuff everywhere.
Again, yur family’s Vet is yur first choice in examining your furrbaby in giving a Professional proper medical diagnosis.
I wish you well with this information. Let us know how you make out. You can Pawmail me if you like. I’m very interested in your prognosis & well - being.
I went to Foster & Smith Vets online, as it's easy to read & understand & hope it will help you out more about Feline Acne.
You can copy & paste this into your browser & you’ll find this to be very helpful.
Keeping a chin upps furr yew!
Edited by author Fri Jan 29, '10 5:35pm PST
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