Acne in cats is very similar to acne in humans and manifests itself in the form of pimples and whiteheads. These usually appear around the cat’s chin and lips.
In some cases, this may suggest cats have other bacterial infections elsewhere as well.
If you see any signs of anything unusual about your cat’s skin health, then go to a vet for a correct diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of acne in cats.
Symptoms of acne in cats
The main symptoms of acne in cats are very similar to those found in humans.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Crunchy pustules
- Swollen chin area
- Reddening of the skin
Causes of acne in cats
One of the main causes of acne in cats is clogging of the hair follicles in the affected area with sebum, a yellowish, oily secretion. This causes pimples and whiteheads to appear.
In some cases, air and environmental allergens were also thought to be causes.
If a cat eats from food and water bowls that accidentally irritate its face during meals, the friction can also lead to an outbreak.
Treatments for acne in cats
Your veterinarian will physically examine any problem areas on your cat’s skin to see if he is actually suffering from acne. This is said to rule out other skin diseases and conditions as well.
Next, your veterinarian will likely perform a cleaning of the affected area with a pet-safe antiseptic cleaner. They may recommend a detergent that you can buy at home and keep using it safely.
Do not use human acne creams and ointments on a cat, and never be tempted to pimple a cat, as this can be more damaging.
Has your cat ever suffered from acne? How did you and your vet deal with it? Let us know in the comment section below.