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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our cat is a year and a half old coon mix which scratches

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our cat is a year and a half old coon mix which scratches the outside area of the mouth where the lower and upper lips meet. He also rubs the area against furniture as though bunting. There is no drooling and his appetite seems to be good on Science diet dental formula and canned science diet hair formula. We are using dentahex to clean the area w/o much success
Any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Can you see any skin changes in that area? If so, can you upload a photo(s) to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see the icon) or you can use an external app such as You're describing the area called the commissure of the lips which is commonly affected by infection and autoimmune skin disorders in dogs but rarely in cats. I'm not familiar with the term "bunting". Please clarify.