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Author Topic: Im pretty sure Sophs has feline acne  (Read 24936 times)
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Sandi K
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« on: February 24, 2012, 07:47:38 AM »

Good grief, what next with this poor girl.  I was brushing the teefies yesterday and noticed some little tiny black spots on her chin.  I thought what the hey? Then I checked further and she has a little tiny bump on her chin as well.  I googled it and it matches the description of feline acne.  Ugh.  I will keep watch on it and hope it goes away.  It talked about anti-biotics or anti-biotic topical but to be sure not to let them ingest it.  It mentioned warm compresses so I might try that...when I build up the courage and get brave.   I can just see it now....here Sophs, on top of teefie brushing, let me hold this warm, damp wash cloth to your chin.   Roll Eyes  Lips sealed  Has anyone ever dealt with feline acne? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 08:00:29 AM »

Yes, Phantom is subject to it.  Most often, it's caused by allergies, according to my vet.  Plastic is an A#1 culprit, especially plastic bowls, plastic water fountains, etc.  Phantom will break out if she even comes in contact with a plastic toy.  She also gets it sometimes with new foods we introduce; we will never completely figure out all her food/ingredient sensitivities.  

ETA:  I've also heard of it being related to dental disease, and I know you mentioned that Sophers' gums were not looking so good lately...

(BTW do you want me to move this from Off Topic to Pet Health?)
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 08:20:05 AM »

A few of our previous cats had this. I agree about the plastic, when all plastic food or water containers were removed, it pretty much cleared up.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 08:48:52 AM »

Oh yeah sure, please move this to the other topic area, catbird, thank you.  Thats interesting about the related to dental disease info, do you have any more info on that?  We dont have any plastic bowls at all.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 09:12:43 AM »

Sandi,  I remember that I read the part about dental disease somewhere online when I was looking into why this happened to Phantom, but that was years ago and I don't have a link or anything at present.  If I remember right, it had something to do with bacteria in the mouth, but I'm not sure.  From my understanding, allergies are the most common cause, though.  (But we know that Sophers never does anything the usual way...)

I found that Phantom would even break out from certain types of pet placemats that must have had a coating she was sensitive to.  If she dropped a bite of food on the mat, she would then eat it off, her chin would come in contact with it, and then she'd break out.  Had to get rid of those, too.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 09:22:34 AM »

OK thanks catbird, I will do some more googling, I suspect its possible that its related to her on-going gingivitis. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012, 10:00:53 AM »

Years ago our kitty Buffy had a couple episodes of it but it cleared up.  I'm pretty sure we changed food dishes and that fixed it.

Sophers is determined to keep you hopping!  I hope it clears up quickly for her, but I'm sure she'll find something else to concern you with Cheesy 
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012, 11:02:55 AM »

Rudi has this about a month after he first arrived here - since he was displaying all sorts of attemping-to-dominate behaviour my vet put it down to stress.  I had to swab his chin with antiseptic scrub twice a day - he loved it  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 11:07:39 AM »

Does she use a water fountain? They have some plastic parts, I think..toys?
Poor baby, hope she is ok with getting a chinnie-cleanie
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 11:53:37 AM »

Bella gets it every once in a while.  That's why I feed on ceramic and went to such lengths to get ceramic fountains.  But every ceramic fountain out there has a plastic motor.   Undecided

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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2012, 12:56:53 PM »

Poor Sophs!  She's just having a bad time of it, isn't she.  Has she gotten any new meds recently?  My first manx got feline acne really badly once, very infected, lots of cleaning involved.  It turned out she was allergic to an oral flea med everyone was pushing at the time that targeted the eggs and larvae.  I also had a cat a long time ago that had the plastic food dish allergy.  That was before I knew what feline acne was though.

I wonder if a cat bag would work for Sophers when you have to give her the treatments she doesn't like.   I borrowed one from the vet's office and used it on Tessa this morning and was able to give her her fluids all by myself.  She was very good in it other than looking utterly disgusted when I zipped her in it, and it stopped her wild squirming.  Here's the website for the one I'm using and ordering (the fleece pads they sell look great too):

http://www.fourflags.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1490/.f?sc=2&category=4190
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2012, 03:15:45 PM »

Nope, no new meds, no plastic bowls, we stopped using the water fountain awhile back and have been using regular cermaic bowls.  Toys?  Hmmm I will have to go check out the gazillion new toys she got for Christmas although of course, she primarily only plays with a couple of them, especially the quack-quack one in the middle of the night.  The only thing that has gotten worse lately is her teefies..or gums, from her on-going gingivitis (and her meowm not keeping up with them as she should have been doing) so maybe its connected.  Thankfully right now its a pretty mild case of acne so I will keep watch.  We may have to go ahead and have another dental cleaning done next month to get things on track again and I can have the vet check out the acne then. 
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2012, 06:01:17 PM »

Sandi, when Phantom gets it, it usually goes away quickly on its own with no treatment.  The only time I treated it was when it was really bad.
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2012, 06:22:47 PM »

she primarily only plays with a couple of them, especially the quack-quack one in the middle of the night. 

ah yes, the phantom midnight quacker toy...we all know this one LOL

I hope it clears up quickly and Sophers teefies feel better soon.
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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2012, 03:58:53 AM »

Mitzie and Stefie would get them occasionally (very rarely) but it usually clears up on its own. I'd say just keep an eye on it, hopefully they'll go away without treatment.
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