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mickey
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« on: September 11, 2007, 12:44:32 PM »

My cat has a few white bumps above his lip, looks like there might be a little red one too (so tiny, hard to tell). I called the vet and they just said "warm compress" on it. Like its easy to put a warm compress on a cat, but ok.

I tried to google kitty acne but all that came up was chin acne, and said it was black.

These are white and very tiny right at his lip.

Has anyone ever experienced this?

Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 01:00:34 PM »

Years ago our cats were plagued by acne. When I took away the plastic water and food bowls, and used glass, or ceramic, the acne cleared up and never came back. This may or may not work for you but it's worth a try! (I had read this in pet health books)
Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 01:08:43 PM »

It sounds from your post like this is on the upper lip?  One of my kitties gets the lower lip/chin acne if she is exposed to plastic, which I've been told is a very common cause.  My kitty's bumps start white and then get red edges before they go black (this is very easy to see on her because she has a white face), so maybe what you are experiencing is the same type of thing in an earlier stage, in a different place.  The chin ones usually go away in 5-7 days.  I've been able to elimate them almost completely by eliminating plastic food and water bowls, although occasionally a plastic toy does sneak in and cause them.

Yeah, good luck with warm compresses on a cat!
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 07:33:20 PM »

Two years ago, my 9 month old kitten developed a few black dots on her chin. I thought she was a sloppy kitty and wiped her chin with
a damp towel. Two weeks later, I noticed there were more spots and part of her chin was inflamed and sore to the touch... a trip to the
vet... a regimen of antibiotics and wiping her chin daily with antibacterial solution took care of it.

Searching the web, I found a very helpful article. Here's the link:
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=felineacne

However, six months later, the problem recurred. We had never used plastic bowls, and the cats ate mainly canned food. A trip to a
different vet... this time a less aggressive treatment which involved wiping her chin with hydrogen peroxide and applying an antibacterial
lotion. Vet #2 said kitty could be allergic to an ingredient in her food, and recommended changing her food but didn't offer any further
suggestions. It was too hard to change the food because the cats like chunky food with gravy, and we were using one that had no
artificial preservatives, animal by products or corn (other cat is allergic to corn). So I continued to clean her chin with hydrogen peroxide
whenever a flare up occured.

This spring, the cats' food which contained wheat gluten was on the recall list. It was a challenge to find an alterative... with gravy, but
no wheat gluten, artificial preservatives, animal by products or corn. I found a brand that they accepted. Kitty has been free of acne
since then. Wheat gluten is the allergen that caused my kitty's acne.
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mickey
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007, 07:50:43 PM »

Thanks to all for the help!

It is on the upper lip. When I searched online it only talked about chin acne which they said was black. So thank you for your response!

I have their water in a ceramic bowl, can't remember why I didnt switch the food to a ceramic bowl. That will be the first thing I do.

Can I ask what food you switched to that you didn't have any problems with?
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2007, 08:43:15 PM »

I am feeding my cats Merrick, made in Texas. It is just meat and some vegetable, no grains. They are getting Thanksgiving Dinner
(turkey formula), and Turducken (turkey-duck-n-chicken formula). We are in So. California. Merrick is not easy to find. Fortunately,
there's a store near us that offers a full selection at a good price. It can be found online at PetfoodDirect.

I recall one of my previous cats (now in kitty heaven) had a few white dots on his lower lip. They turned black... looked like blackheads.
After a while, they cleared up without any treatment.
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KimS
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2007, 11:27:47 PM »

Hi- my cats both ate the same food from stainless steel bowls, yet Gracie got acne and Ruby didn't.
This was back when we lived in an old apt with heavily varnished wood floors and a touch of mold in the walls.
At the time we did some antibiotics, cream and it only helped a little. Then we moved and it got a little better. (Cleaner place)
I was giving them gluten free Fancy Feast at the time and kept doing it. Didn't even think of that.

Gracie was a fiend for cheese. I am too so I would give her some to nibble on every now and then.
Then I went on a no cheese diet and as a result so did Gracie. Guess what. Acne gone all of the sudden and stayed gone.
Hmmmm.
So after I went back on cheese, I decided Gracie gets no more cheese and her chin has been great ever since. Going on 3 years.
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2007, 12:11:29 AM »

I had been feeding them Innova Evo. Then there were quality concerns on this forum, so I switched to Solid Gold. Has grain, but I don't think gluten. Or is that not possible? Im not sure.

Maybe his acne is a sensitivity to the grain? I need to find a new dry food without grain.

The kitties occasionally get Merrick. But sometimes they like it and sometimes they dont. I havent found a grain-free wet that they will devour everytime.
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2007, 09:42:57 AM »

Mickey- There's also Wellness Core,& I saw Instinct by Natures Variety. I only saw that in dog but they probably make 1 for cats too.
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2007, 03:53:32 PM »

Oh, I will look into those. Thanks.
Someone at the pet store said that Wellness was bought out by a big company, they weren't sure who. They seemed concerned that might effect the quality.


Instead of plastic bowls, would Fiestaware work for water and food dishes?
Lead free and made in the USA.
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2007, 08:04:27 PM »

Mickey- Fiestaware would be great. Wellness wasn't bought out,they stopped making their own food. It's now made in about 8 places. Not all good ones. However,no one  has had bad test results from it [that we know of]. And only their wet is made at Menu.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2007, 08:33:10 PM »

My cats had a bout of chin acne in between Sophie's arrival and food recall start, which was the time when I had Hills' kitten dry and wet Iams, fancy Feast, and Whiskas wet in my home (not what I normally feed, long story, related to transitioning Sophie to other foods and her supposed fish intolerance). I've always used stainless steel or porcelain bowls for dry food and water, and disposable paper plates for wet food. Antibiotic creams helped a bit, but not entirely. Eventually, the chin acne cleared on its own about 1-2 months after the recall when I threw out all junk food.

Not sure if it was really food related or not,but change of food might help. Also, no plastic bowls.

For dry food without grain, I use Serengeti and now I got some Ziwpeak (not kibble, but dry) and Orijen. Also Nature Variety freeze-dried. I tried NV dry, lamb and oatmeal, no acne problem but Mitzie was putting weight on it and she is rather chubby, so grain-free only in the future.
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2007, 10:18:25 PM »

I dumped the cutesy cat dishes and got some scarlett red Fiestaware fruit plates for my kitties. It's a lot better, not as gigantic, easy to clean.
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mickey
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2007, 02:58:06 PM »

That's what I got- the Fiestaware fruit plates.

I thought the plastic would be easier on the teeth. Does the ceramic hurt their teeth when they eat the dry food?
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2007, 05:28:32 PM »

KD used to get quite a bit of acne. Usually the black stuff on her chin, but occasionally something that looked more like a human zit. We'd clean it off as best we could with a moist cloth and put antibiotic ointment on anything that was broken or oozing. It diminished a lot when we got her on better food, though she still gets the odd one.

I've always used ceramic dishes for her, with the exception of the plastic water fountain she had until the pump died. Plastic is porous, so no matter how well you wash plastic dishes, the bacteria still build up. I imagine that coming into contact with all those germs would cause a few breakouts.
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