Cats, like humans, can develop a variety of diseases. These include such a skin disease of cats as acne. In the common people, it is called cat acne, blackheads, pimples, etc. Most often, such comedones appear in places where there is an accumulation of sebaceous glands in a cat: on the stomach, at the base of the ears and tail, in the corners of the mouth and on the chin. How to treat acne in a cat that has arisen, for example, on the chin?
Acne in cats – symptoms and causes
The pathological process of acne occurs at the cellular level and is associated with metabolic disorders in the cat’s body. At the beginning of the disease, reddening of the skin appears on the chin of the cat. Then, a hot, compacted and reddened tubercle forms under the skin. If left untreated, a follicle with a purulent apex appears at the site of infection, which subsequently breaks through and the healing stage begins. The wound gradually dries up and tightens, and under the formed crust, the process of restoring the skin is underway. With a more severe course of the disease, baldness and pain at the site of the lesion may be observed.
Causes of acne in cats can vary. This is insufficient care during the licking of the skin by a cat, and hormonal failure, and malfunctions in the liver. Sometimes black dots appear as a result of scratching and cracks on the skin of the animal.
The treatment for acne in a cat on the chin is to carefully care for the affected area. This area should be shaved and disinfected with a tar shampoo, and then wiped with hydrogen peroxide. After that, using salicylic acid, it is necessary to remove the top layer of the skin. For treatment, wound healing moisturizing bactericidal ointments are used. If the disease is advanced, it may be necessary to treat acne with antibiotics.
It should be said that all treatment should take place with the appointment and under the supervision of a veterinarian. During this period, you need to pay attention to the nutrition of the cat. After all, it is low-quality feed that can cause improper metabolism. In this case, allergic reactions to such food may occur, which subsequently turn into acne.
During the treatment of acne in a cat, you can not squeeze out their contents, comb the affected areas. Instead of brilliant green and iodine, it is better to use a solution of methylene blue.