Feline Acne

Feline acne is not an uncommon problem in cats. It affects the chin & lips and can strike cats of any age, sex or breed.

There are little glands around the chin and these secrete oils to lubricate the skin and also play a role in territorial marking.

Sometimes these glands can become blocked with the oily material and can end up infected, forming pus. This is known as Feline Acne.

There are several factors that pre-dispose a cat to acne.

  • Stress
  • Plastic food bowls that may trap bacteria. This bacteria can then be transferred to the cat’s chin
  • Poor grooming habits
  • Allergies

What should you do?

If you notice black spots or red, raised pimples or pus under your cat’s chin you should visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet will provide your cat with appropriate treatment.

How can you help prevent feline acne?

  • Do not use plastic bowls, switch to glass, ceramic or metal
  • Wash food & water bowls daily
  • Look out for acne in its early stages (black spots) before it becomes nasty and infection takes hold