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What is feline acne and how to avoid it

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Cats can suffer from a skin condition known as feline acne. This is a disease that is common in cats, but can be very uncomfortable for your kitty. In this post we tell you some things about this disease and how to avoid it in your kitten.

Feline acne

Feline acne is a disease characterized by inflammation of the animal’s hair follicles. Pimples and ulcers may also form on your skin. In general, this disease can be very uncomfortable for the cat, as it can cause itching, stinging or even pain. Occasionally, he may scratch so aggressively that his hair may fall out.

Although in people, acne is usually associated with puberty, in cats it can occur at any time in their lives. Its appearance can be recognized by the appearance of small pimples or black spots. Although they often appear on the chin area, they can also extend to the lips.

The exact cause of this disease is not known, but it is presumed to be due to a combination of factors. These include genetics, diet, stress and exposure to certain chemicals. On the other hand, a cat with a weakened immune system and an oily coat is more likely to develop feline acne.

A viral or chronic disease, as well as bacteria, fungi and parasites can also develop this condition. Even a deficiency of some nutrients could be a cause of the disease.

How to prevent it

The best way to prevent this disease in your cat is to maintain proper hygiene. Although felines usually groom themselves, you can also help by brushing your cat’s fur to remove dirt and debris. A proper diet will also be very important in the prevention of feline acne. Remember that excess weight in a cat can cause health problems.

There are some cats that have an oily coat, so it would be advisable to use a shampoo formulated to control this problem. Even a shampoo with antibacterial properties may also be advisable.

Treating feline acne

Although this is a common disease in cats, it is advisable to take your pet to the veterinarian if you notice this condition. This professional will be the one who can diagnose what your cat’s problem is. And in turn, recommend the best treatment for its cure.

In general, a treatment for this disease may include topical medications, antibiotics and sometimes some dietary changes. The most important thing is that you go to the veterinarian, not only to determine the treatment, but also to indicate how serious the feline acne outbreak is.

In the simplest cases of the disease, it will only be necessary to disinfect the affected area regularly. This can be with a topical antiseptic. Of course, it is also important to keep the affected area clean.

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