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Feline Blackheads
Natural Remedies That Can Help

Cats can develop blackheads (cat comedones) on their chin, a condition referred to as feline acne. Cat comedones are small, black or dark-colored bumps. Feline blackheads are essentially clogged hair follicles and sebaceous glands, similar to human blackheads. These can appear individually or in clusters and are often accompanied by other symptoms such as redness, itching and a swollen chin.

Causes of Cat Chin Blackheads

Cat chin acne is primarily caused by the blockage of hair follicles and sebaceous glands on the chin. The contributing factors include:

cat with chin acne
    Poor Grooming Habits - Cats are meticulous groomers, but sometimes their efforts may fall short, leading to the accumulation of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells on the chin.

    Plastic Bowls - The use of plastic food and water bowls can harbor bacteria that may contribute to the development of cat chin acne. It is recommended to switch to stainless steel or ceramic bowls for your cat's meals.

    Allergies - Cats may have food allergies or be sensitive to certain materials, including plastic, which can trigger allergic reactions and worsen the condition.

    Hormonal Factors - Hormonal changes, particularly in unspayed or unneutered cats, can influence the development of cat chin acne.

Is Feline Acne Contagious? Feline acne is not considered contagious in the traditional sense because it is usually caused by factors such as excess sebum production and blocked hair follicles. However, if you have a multi-cat household, shared grooming items could potentially contribute to the spread of bacteria among cats. If your kitty has chin acne, avoid sharing food and water bowls, bedding, or grooming tools between affected and unaffected cats to minimize the risk of bacterial transmission.

Symptoms of Cat Chin Acne

Identifying feline blackheads early can help prevent infection and the area spreading. Common symptoms of feline acne include:

  • Blackheads and Pimples - Pimples or blackheads in cats is a clear sign of cat chin acne.

  • Swelling and Redness - A cat swollen chin can be caused by allergies, infection and feline blackheads. The chin may be red and inflamed.

  • Itching and Discomfort - Cats with chin acne may scratch or rub their chin against surfaces due to discomfort and itching.

  • Hair Loss - Severe cases may lead to hair loss on the chin as a result of persistent scratching. There may be cat chin scabs.

Treatment and Prevention of Feline Blackheads

In most cases, feline acne is a manageable condition that can be treated at home with proper care. Mild cases of cat chin blackheads may only require regular cleaning of the affected area with a medicated shampoo and using hypoallergenic grooming products. Be sure to keep your cat's chin clean and thoroughly dry to prevent the accumulation of oils and bacteria. For more severe cases, your veterinarian may recommend topical antibiotics or medications. Some at home treatments for cat blackheads are:
cat comedones
    Gentle Cleaning - Clean your cat's chin regularly with a medicated shampoo or fragrance-free cat-safe cleanser. Keep the area dry.

    Switch to Stainless Steel or Ceramic Bowls - Replace plastic bowls with stainless steel or ceramic alternatives to reduce bacterial contamination.

    Topical Treatments - Veterinarians may recommend topical treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or antibiotic ointments, to reduce inflammation and bacterial growth.

    Adjust Diet - Dietary changes, including omega-3 fatty acid supplements, can promote healthier skin and reduce the likelihood of acne. Cats are carnivores but most cat food is high in carbohydrates. Some cats are allergic to common proteins such as poultry or grains which can weaken their immunity and make them more prone to skin reinfection. A raw frozen diet using a novel protein like rabbit or lamb can work well for cats with feline acne. Include your cat's food and treats on the order form at checkout and tips for the best diet for feline acne will be provided on the packing slip with your order.

Supplements For Feline Blackheads
fish oil for cats

PureOcean Wild Omegas

PureOcean Wild Omegas are made from wild-caught sardines, anchovies & mackerel. They have a natural fishy flavor and many cats love the taste. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms associated with chin acne. Fish oil supports skin health by promoting hydration, elasticity, and wound healing, which can aid in the management of acne lesions and prevent recurrence. Excellent value. One bottle lasts 4-6 months for cats.

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Power Probiotic

Power Probiotic For Cats

By promoting a healthy balance of gut bacteria, probiotics help support immune function and reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. Probiotics can help regulate sebum production, the oily substance that contributes to the formation of acne lesions, to reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks. Probiotics can help strengthen the gut barrier, reduce intestinal inflammation, and enhance nutrient absorption, all of which contribute to improved skin health and resilience against acne outbreaks. Many cats love the taste of Power Probiotic.

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Immune Support Kit

A trio of three easy-to-use liquid immune support remedies for cats. NOT Drops & QUENT Drops help control harmful bacteria and restore gut flora balance, providing a balancing effect on the immune system. Silver Support has been used for its antimicrobial effects, which can help combat bacterial overgrowth on the skin and reduce inflammation associated with acne lesions. Can be sprayed topically on the lesions. These cat comedones home remedies work synergistically to fight bacterial infections and reduce inflammation. The Immune Support Kit is excellent for allergies and helps reduce redness on the skin.

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Article published Mar 5, 2024
Written by: Susan Davis, Pet Health Nutritionist, CCN
All pet treatment protocols and pet treatment supplements have been reviewed and approved by a veterinarian