Monday, June 25, 2012

Poor Tucker and his chin

Since he was a young cat, Tucker's had kitty acne. I've done everything to get rid it--no plastic bowls and regular washing of all other bowls. Every now and then he will get these large pustules on his chin. They are huge and seem to cause him pain. 

I've talked to our vet and done online research, but can find nothing to help him, outside of washing his chin with Hibiclens. Now he has a very bad one on the edge of his lip. It's so bad that he's drooling from that side. We feel terrible for him.

Note: We do feed him on ceramic, flat plates, and he also gets a grain-free canned diet. We have not found any pattern of triggers--weather, stress, etc.--that seem to affect his chin.



For now, all we can do is watch him. Once, one got infected and he stopped eating. If anyone has experienced this or has ideas to help him feel better, I'm all ears.

14 comments:

Nerissa said...

Ohhh Tucker... purrs

Old Kitty said...

Oh Tucker!! Awww you poor thing!! We don't know about kitty acne!! We are sorry your vet doesn't either! They really should shouldn't they? Awwww hope Tucker gets better! Purrs and hugs! Take care
x

Cat said...

I'm afraid I don't have any advice but I can only commiserate...Casper has had chin acne since February and it just will not go away! He doesn't have large pustules like poor Tucker but blackheads :-( We wash his chin with antibacterial soap and use a children's toothbrush to gently loosen the dirt but it keeps coming back. And I don't believe for a second it is dirty bowls that causes it because everything here is cleaned regularly!!!

Fuzzy Tales said...

No experience to offer, just lots of purrs for Tucker, that it clears up quickly!

MrsB said...

I know you will think I am crazy, but my white fluffy pants boy got horrible pustules on chin...changed to PurinaOneBeyond kibble and it all cleared up. Go figure.

~*Connie*~ said...

sometimes it can be the bowls that are the issue. No matter what they are made of cats still often rub their chin on them while they eat and if food is up on there...

Try plates.

and since I'm a huge advocate for a species appropriate diet, you know I could also say there could be a food issue involved in this too. Getting rid of as many plant based ingredients in the diet could do a lot if this is a food sensitivity issue..

Katnip Lounge said...

If he'll allow it you could apply a warm wet compress for a few minutes several times a day to help bring it to a head. Perhaps the vet needs to lance this one, it looks pretty big. Poor boy, that's gotta hurt.

brandi said...

Ohhh Tucker! I'm sending a lot of (((hugs)) for your chin!

Angel and Kirby said...

Poor Tucker. We hope you feel better. soon!

Roberta said...

I hope that nasty pustule goes away soon, Tucker, so you can feel better. Hugs.

The Island Cats said...

Aw, poor Tucker. We don't have much experience with this. The few times we've gotten acne (mostly Wally), the vet told our mom to wash it with a mild soap and apply a warm cloth. We sure hope this one clears up soon.

Mr. Pip said...

Poor Tucker! Our cat Sweet Pea used to have the same problem.

Your pal, Pip

The Adventures of Scarlett and Melly said...

Poor little guy! I know we've exchanged acne info before, but I can't remember if you've tried the Duoxo pads. You don't have to get them from the vet-they're on Amazon-and they work wonders on Scarlett's chin acne. Also, someone suggested feeding him on plates, but I'd recommend pie dishes if you have them. Flat like a plate, but the rim keeps the food from going everywhere.

Laila and Minchie said...

Oh, you poor sweet mancat! Mom has used hydrogen peroxide to wash chins in the past with kitty acne with some success.

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