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My 12 year old neutered indoor male cat has in the past week

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My 12 year old neutered indoor male cat has in the past week or so developed a scan under his chin. I don't notice any unnecessary scratching or irritation. What could this possibly be? should I take him to the vet?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your kitty's problem! Is there any way you can take a photo of the area?

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Without examining your kitty in person I cannot tell you exactly what is wrong with him, but the most common cause of a scab on the chin of a cat is going to be what we call feline acne! This is a problem where for whatever reason the hair follicles on the chin become clogged and they can get little infected areas. Sometimes this can be associated with plastic water and food bowls, though not always, but if you use plastic bowls, it is usually recommended to switch to metal bowls if your cat has had this issue. Treatment depends on how severely affected a kitty is. Some kitties just require a topical treatment- such as a benzoyl peroxide shampoo several times weekly to clean the area, or a topical gel. Others may require a course of oral antibiotics.

Here is an article about the condition:

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

You can also help the process along by applying warm compresses to your kitties chin to help open up and clogged follicles and encourage drainage. You can take a warm wet wash rag and hold it on his chin for five to ten minutes a few times daily to help with this.

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Ideally he would see his vet for them to look at it and decide if oral medication is necessary or if just topical treatment is needed. In the meantime, switch his food bowls and if he will allow you can try the warm compresses. If he is otherwise doing well, it isn't an emergency situation, but should be seen to ensure it doesn't progress and cause a deeper infection.

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Hello, just writing to see if you had any more questions about your cat or if you had received my answer to your question and found it helpful?

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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