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Cats can get acne?!

It’s true: Cats get acne (or would that be catne?). Feline acne usually looks like small, black, dirt-like spots on the underside of your cat’s chin or on the edge of the lips.

Your cat has sebaceous glands in these areas that help lubricate the skin and play a role in territorial marking. Just like in humans, these glands secrete oil that can block hair follicles, causing a comedone—or blackhead—on the surface of your cat’s skin. In some cases, these blocked follicles can cause discomfort and even secondary infections.

What causes feline acne?

Bacteria from food and water dishes can contribute to feline acne. Hyperactive sebaceous glands may also be the culprit. Just like human teenagers, adolescent cats—those between the ages of two and four—who are experiencing a hormone surge are more prone to acne. Additionally, cats under a good deal of stress can be more prone to acne. And in some instances, feline acne has been linked to allergic reactions to medications or rubber toys and dishes.

What can be done to treat it?

It’s a good idea to have your veterinarian take a look at your cat’s acne, even in mild cases. More serious conditions, like ringworm and skin mites, can have a similar appearance.

For severe acne cases, a prescription may be required. But for mild cases, there are a few things you can do at home:

  • Be sure to use metal food and water dishes. Plastic is porous and harbors bacteria, as do tiny cracks in ceramic dishes.
  • Be sure to clean all your metal dishes daily in hot water.
  • Apply a compress of lukewarm water and cotton balls, twice a day, to the affected area and press gently. Don’t rub the area—that will only cause further irritation.

TOPICS: HEALTH VET

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A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
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  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
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  • 99% of all Purina pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities and Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retail stores.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While CatChow.com is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat..

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