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by Dr. Francesca Brown
What does it look like?
Most cats that have feline acne come to us because the cats owner is concerned that the cat has a dirty chin and in its early stages it looks just like that. The chin has a whole lot of black spots on it and these may also be present along the lower lip. It is easier to see in light coloured cats.
In more severe cases the acne can be a lot more severe and the chin (and sometimes the lower lip) are swollen, red and very lumpy. This represents a more severe and long standing infection.
What causes it?
It is currently unknown what causes feline acne, however some suggestions include:
The change in the skin may also lead to the development of secondary infection, usually with bacteria and or yeasts. Mites can also play a part.
Your veterinarian will usually diagnose feline acne based the what the chin looks like to the naked eye. However your veterinarian may require skin scrapings to enable him or her to examine the lesions on the chin microscopically or for culture to enable identification of any infection and the likely cause.
This will depend on the severity of the cats feline acne, but it usually involves:
Feline acne will take a variable time to resolve, depending on the severity in the first place. It may take several weeks to fully resolve, however once treatment is instigated it should start the road to improvement and if it doesn’t, further veterinary attention is required.
Feline acne will usually resolve fully, however recurrence in cats is very common. This is because certain cats seem to have a predisposition to the condition.
Seek the advice of our veterinarians if you cat has feline acne, or gets recurrent bouts.