Feline Acne Problem

Stress may be the cause of your cat's breakouts. Learn some other common causes, and how to treat feline acne.

Posted: Tue Dec 17 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Feline acne is a localized infection involving the chin area. Every veterinarian has a favored method of treatment, but the problem tends to be resistant to treatment. If oral and topical antibiotic therapies do not heal the infection, sometimes oral and topical antifungal therapies will help. A poll of our readers in the past showed the treatment of choice to be full-strength peroxide applied topically. One cat owner theorized that stress was a contributing factor in her cat's acne. She put the cat on Bach Rescue Remedy, a combination of several flower essences that addresses physical and emotional trauma and stress. She said her cat's chin cleared quickly.

Some owners have observed that their cats break out with acne when they are given petrolatum-based hairball remedies or when they eat certain foods. Some veterinarians recommend feeding cats with feline acne only out of glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowls to minimize exposure to reactions to plastics.

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CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

5/27/2013 11:07:51 PM

Ann -- Paper bowls sound as if they would work, too.

Ann    Highland, CA

5/24/2013 12:25:54 AM

My cat Thor was just diagnosed with this problem. What besides stress and the other things mentioned can cause it? He's never been treated for hairballs. The advice about plastic bowls is a good one - what about disposable paper bowls, are they okay too?

Jo Ann    Lodgepole, NE

12/3/2011 4:31:45 PM

Thanks for the info. It's a difficult area for cats to clean.

janet    bethlehem, PA

5/20/2011 4:22:56 AM

I switched from plastic food & water bowls and my cat's chin is much better

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