My Orange Cat Has Spots Around His Mouth

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, discusses lentigo simplex of orange cats.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Posted: January 22, 2010 3 a.m. EST

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Q: Our orange cat has small individual marks around the edge his mouth. It looks kind of like fleas along that area of his mouth, but you cannot scratch them off. They do not move, they just stay where the marks are. There is no swelling or discoloration, just black spots. You can see them by just lifting his mouth area (lips). He is about 2 years old and has always had these marks, I believe.

A: These dark spots are commonly seen in orange cats. In fact this condition has a name: lentigo simplex of orange cats.  For lack of a better term, these spots are very similar to freckles, although they are technically not freckles because the sun plays no role in their appearance. Your cat may develop spots in other places besides his lips. Common places include the nose and the eyelids. These spots are totally harmless. I personally think they give cats character.

 

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Jean    Columbia, MO

9/13/2014 11:03:36 PM

I was getting so worried for my lil' T.J. (well no so little, he's 10lbs) but the older he gets the more black dots I was seeing around his lips and teeth!! Sooo glad its harmless!! Thanks!

Kathy    Ammon, ID

6/29/2014 2:55:27 PM

Thank you so much! My 1 year old orange cat has these and I was starting to worry.

Terri    Pittsburgh, PA

9/10/2012 3:45:23 PM

Funny I would come across this when I just found a spot on my orange tabby's bottom left lip. Thanks for sharing this. He is 2 years old as well.

Melissa    Stow, OH

5/13/2012 7:47:23 AM

This is a relief to hear! My orange bundle of love has about 6 of these on his mouth and he is 5 this year, I was worried, but am glad this is just another thing to make him special!

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