Thecat acne is a problem that is difficult to identify simply because of the size of the marks it causes on the skin. Very often masked by thick fur, it is nonetheless a nuisance for your pet cat.
Concretely, it is a inflammation classic in the pilosebaceous glands. Although discreet, this dermatopathology can be detected in very localized areas, such as, for example, under the chin. Touching felines regardless of sex or age, feline acne can cause real discomfort for the animal which will then scratch and pull out the hair. This gesture can cause various complications, starting with bleeding, superinfection and finally, edema.
What are the triggers for this skin inflammation? What are the symptoms to watch out for? Are there effective remedies? Let’s take a close look at this disease that many cats experience, despite themselves, every year.
Cat acne: the triggers
If we ask various veterinarians and specialists on the question ofcat acne, few are those who agree. Unfortunately, the causes of this inflammation are not always clearly established. However, it is possible to monitor certain triggers.
As is often the case with other skin problems, poor hygiene is a key factor in the onset and development of feline acne. It is not necessarily a question of questioning the environment of the cat. The litter can be changed regularly. The animal can evolve in a very orderly and clean environment. He may also sleep in a neat basket and develop acne. Why ? Quite simply because he cannot properly cleanse certain areas of his body.
Allergic reactions in cats do not respond to the same stimuli as those suffered by humans. Most often, the cat can be sensitive to certain plastics. When the case arises, this irreparably results in the appearance of pimples and redness. You must therefore be careful when introducing a new cat bowl or when the animal has chosen an everyday plastic object as an observation post or nap area. Prolonged contact can be the cause of the onset of feline acne.
Just like in humans, stress has direct consequences on a cat’s state of health. This can result in a behavioral disorder, an eating disorder, or skin inflammation. When a stressful event appears in the life of a domestic cat, its owner must be particularly vigilant and watch for the appearance of pimples, pustules or any other suspicious mark.
All cat owners have seen this behavior from their pets. Felines tend to rub their chin across their entire living space in order to mark their territory. This behavior is completely normal and natural. On the other hand, when done excessively, this repeated rubbing can irritate the area under the chin and cause inflammation.
Weakened immune system
Whether after illness, aging or quite simply because the cat has a weak genetic heritage, a poorly performing immune system inevitably leads to some more or less serious inconvenience. One of these possible complications is skin inflammation.
Symptoms of feline acne
Knowing the triggers is a good start. In practice, it’s important to keep in mind that feline acne is a problem that can easily go unnoticed, at least in the early stages. Detecting small pimples in inaccessible areas is not as easy as it seems. The thick fur of most cats prevents early diagnosis. This is why owners must, from time to time, check for symptoms and succeed in understanding different evocative signs.
It is possible to suspect feline acne when:
- the animal frantically and regularly scratches a specific area;
- small pimples are detected under the chin;
- pustules appear;
- repeated scratches or nibbling lead to massive hair pulling;
- pus begins to leak from pimples or pustules;
- a suspicious odor suggests the presence of an abnormality;
- mild bleeding appears under the chin;
- one or more edemas become visible to the naked eye, without careful examination;
- the infection has spread.
In the slightest doubt, it is strongly recommended to opt for a veterinary consultation. The practitioner then proceeds to a thorough examination. If necessary, he performs specific analyzes to confirm or complete his diagnosis.
Home remedies for acne in cats
During the veterinary consultation, the practitioner assesses the severity of the inflammation. When deep lesions are found, the best treatment is to give antibiotics. However, a vigilant owner can hope to take his animal early enough to the veterinarian and thus avoid heavy, long or complex treatments.
When the inflammation is not yet very extensive, it is possible to disinfect locally, thanks to a simple antiseptic cream or a anti-inflammatory cream. The application is quick and easy. Renewed until the acne has completely disappeared, this method is not very restrictive.
In order to minimize the risks of feline acne, a few simple actions can be taken:
- replace a plastic bowl with an equivalent in terracotta, glass or, better still, ceramic or aluminum;
- ensure the extreme cleanliness of the accessories used for the daily maintenance of the cat (brushes, toys, basket, collar);
- monitor the appearance of tartar in the cat’s teeth. Unfortunately, tartar is one of the main causes of the proliferation of bacteria. These bacteria can very easily infect an area as sensitive as the chin;
- avoid any source of potential stress for the cat. If this proves impossible, you should treat your anxiety through soothing pheromones spray, use a pheromone diffuser or offer food supplements.
What you must remember ! Acne is a benign problem on the surface, but it can cause complications, in particular because of a superinfection, if it is not processed on time. It is therefore important to watch for the appearance of any symptoms. Take charge cat acne is a delicate operation which requires veterinary consultation as soon as possible. By acting at the first signs, better healing is possible. The owner of the feline can also act in prevention by keeping the environment of the animal as clean as possible and by ensuring to provide it with a healthy and balanced diet. Bi-nutrition is a good way to provide the cat with everything it needs.
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