How to Deal with Feline Acne

6 02 2010

A while ago I wrote a post about a little stray kitten that we found in the middle of a busy road. Scampington has turned out to be a delightful little chap who is exceptionally loving and rather handsome. However, he can be a bit too aggressive at times. Apparently mood swings and aggression are typical of cats who have been parted from their mother too young.


Occasionally, it feels like we are living with a teenager – one minute craving love and the next minute rebelling. To top off the feeling of having a teenager in the house, it turns out Scamp has feline acne. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as feline acne.

It’s just under his chin and looks like small black flecks – a bit like black heads. Unlike human acne, the flecks rub off. We had fed him out of some plastic bowls which we periodically swapped around but plastic is believed to be one of the main causes of feline acne. We have now bought him a little ceramic dish which we wash daily.

We have also been washing his chin with 6% hydrogen peroxide. Luckily his chin hair is white otherwise it’d get bleached!

It’s early days but hopefully these efforts will work.




6 responses

10 02 2010

How nice to read that the kitten you saved is thriving. He looks wonderful and certainly he is a very handsome chap. I did not know cats could get acne either! Poor little guy! Mood swings and occassional aggression, alternating with immense affection and a deep love for his family – sounds human to me!

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