A Brief Introduction to Feline Acne

AUTHOR: DR JOHN ABBASS

DVM M.Phil (Pet diseases & welfare)

Acne is a bigger problem than injuries”.

Dr John Abbass

Acne is a cringe-worthy word to hear for humans. As people, we are all too familiar with the topic of acne but perhaps you do not realise cat acne is also fairly common. As a veterinarian, I am often asked about cat blackheads, black spot on cat’s chin and cat acene treatment. It is not uncommon to have a pet owner visit me concerned about a cat pimple on lip. Cat acne is a dirty skin problem that is most frequent in those breeds of cats which have long fur and many skin folds.

Cat owners ask a number of questions related to acne in cats. Here, we will throw light on cat acne and some important tips to deal with this condition in your beloved furry friend.

Acne in Cats

Acne arises when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. This results in the formation of cat blackheads. Seeing a black spot on cat’s chin is very common and usually observed by the cat parents; this is a clear sign of cat acne.

Causes

There are various causes of skin acne in cats. Some important key reasons have been listed below:

  1. Excessive production of sebum (oily substance) from the sebaceous glands in the skin. This overproduced sebum clogs/ blocks the hair follicle around the glands.
  2. Excessive production of keratin (a protein that is found in skin). It is usually thought that chin acne results due to keratinization of chin hair follicles.
  3. Flea allergy and environmental triggers such as fungal spores and pollens are also considered as causative agents cat acne.
  4. Hormonal imbalances, poor grooming habits are also the main reasons for acne in cats.
  5. There are many infectious agents such as bacteria which cause cat acne.

NOTE: It has been documented that stress is also a predisposing factor that causes acne issues in cats. So, it is highly recommended to keep your furry friend stress free as much as possible.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Cat Blackheads forming/dirty skin
  • Inflammation and cat sores on skin around the chin and nearby areas in cats.
  • Loss of hair (alopecia)
  • Lesions and skin breakout
  • Redness (erythema), bleeding scabs, nodules are also rarely observed.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis mainly depends on physical examination and laboratory testing. This is very important to stay in touch with your vet and report him the problem just after reporting. Remember, there are many other similar medical conditions which can be easily confused with acne.

Treatment and Prevention

A benzoyl peroxide facial preparation or an antiseborrheic shampoo is used to cleanse the affected area and flush out the hair follicles. Your vet can also recommend antibacterial or antifungal shampoos/cleansers.

Topical or systemic antibiotics can be given to stop the bacterial infection.

Immune boosters are very much important in this case. Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation plays an important role, as these fatty acids promote skin health.

Hygiene is quite important to combat cat acne. Ensure the proper cleanliness of your cat and her living area. Hair clipping is also advised in certain cases.

Make sure your cat is free from stressful situations and it is better to replace plastic feeding/water bowls with stainless or ceramic ones. This will help reduce the risk of your cats developing chin acne.

Always take any step under veterinary supervision. Don’t use human products in cats without veterinary consultancy as these products may cause complications in your cat.

An Ultimate Guide to Cat Flu

AUTHOR: DR JOHN ABBASS
DVM M.Phil (Pet diseases & welfare)

Cats are prone to many diseases, just like human beings, so having a sick cat symptom checker of sorts can be very handy. Cat flu is somewhat similar to human flu. Many cat owners want to know the “signs my cat is sick” and often want to know about cat flu, its pathogenesis, causes, mode of transmission and management.

In this article we will provide a brief overview of feline flu under the light of scientific literature.

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Urinary Tract Infection in Cats

AUTHOR: DR JOHN ABBASS
DVM M.Phil (Pet diseases & welfare)

URINE CRYSTALS IN CATS (CRYSTALLURIA); AN ULTIMATE GUIDELINE

It is usually considered normal to see crystals in pets urine. But increased amounts of different types of crystal can be alarming and indicate underlying urinary tract conditions.

Here, we will throw some light on the various kinds of urine crystals that can be formed in cats along with their underlying causes.

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Common Eye Problems in Cats

AUTHOR: DR JOHN ABBASS
DVM M.Phil (Pet diseases & welfare)

It is very important for cat lovers to understand their beloved feline friends when they are in pain. Timely diagnosis can give good outcomes. Eye problems (ophthalmic conditions) are common in cats. There is a need for you to evaluate any abnormal condition of the eye when noticed.

Your cat’s eyes are shiny and bright. If your cat is rubbing their eyes against the sofa or anything else, then this is a clear indication that there is something wrong with their eyes.

Here, we will discuss some common ophthalmological conditions in cats, and a few tips for cat owners in detail.

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Common Health Conditions in Cats – A Quick Insight

Written by: Dr John Abbass, DVM. M.Phil (Pet diseases)

“What greater gift than love of a cat”.

Charles Dickens

Cats are such lovable and precious creatures. They are the most commonly kept pet animals. Just like humans, they are also prone to a number of health-related conditions. The worrisome thing for every cat owner is how to evaluate and manage these health-related issues, to stop further complications in their family pet.

If you are worried about your cat’s health and looking for useful tips and recommendations to keep your cat healthy then you are in the right place.
Cat Informers, along with offering you with its other services, is also providing you guidelines related to the health and wellbeing of your cats.

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Your Most Burning Questions About CAT LITTER

Choosing the best cat litter is not an easy task at all. It requires a lot more effort to select the one from plenty of other options available in the market. As a cat owner, you must make sure to select the cat litter that most suits your cat’s requirements and enhances its comfort-ability.

That’s why we will provide a detailed guideline on choosing the best cat litter for your cat and will also suggest a few options for you so that your selection process becomes more comfortable.

So, stay attached to this article and read till the end so that it becomes easier for you to choose the litter that meets your cat’s requirements.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cat Grooming

Cat grooming is an essential requirement to ensure that the cat stays happy and relaxed. Cat grooming usually involves trimming its nails, bathing, performing activities to keep its fur, eyes, hair, and teeth healthy and clean. Cat grooming is necessary because it is quite evident that a clean cat is a happy cat.

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My Cat Has a Runny Nose and is Drooling

It can be quite distressing for cat owners to see their feline friend unwell. It is also difficult to know when you should take them to the veterinarian or seek advice online or just wait. In particular when my cat has a runny nose and is drooling I become quite worried they may have a feline upper respiratory infection. In the current coronavirus pandemic it can be additionally concerning as not a lot is know about the virus yet.

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When Should You Take Your Cat to the Veterinarian?

Cat owners are always wondering if their cats need to pay a visit to a veterinarian or not? The answer to this question is not that simple. Your cat is never in a position to be able to tell you directly what’s going on with them. Do they require a visit to the veterinarian or not? It’s the job of the cat owner to identify the symptoms and plan a visit when required.

Regular check-ups are necessary to maintain your cat’s health. To ensure your cat stays healthy and free of diseases, you must ensure you take it to a veterinarian for a thorough check-up once a year.

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