关于Feline Acne 的知识
Feline acne is a common problem seen in cats. In most cases symptoms are mild and pass unnoticed. More severe cases, however, may respond slowly to treatment and seriously detract from the appearance of the cat. Feline acne can affect cats of any age, sex or breed.
Sebaceous glands are mostly found in the skin of the chin, base of the tail, eyelids, lips, prepuce and scrotum. They are connected to the hair follicles. In acne, the follicles become clogged with black sebaceous material, forming comedones (also known as blackheads). These comedones become irritated, swollen and infected, leading to pustules. The cats may also experience itching and discomfort due to swelling and bacterial growth inside infected glands.
The main causes of feline acne include: Hyperactive sebaceous glands, Poor grooming habits , Food allergies, Plastic food bowls (because it is hard to remove bacteria), Stress on the animal .
My tomcat Goblin developed feline acne 2 years ago. The vet who diagnosed him had few suggestions to offer. Goblin kept getting worse. I finally hit upon a simple home treatment that worked like magic. He was better within several days, and all healed in 3 weeks. Here is the story:
Feline acne, I was told, has a bacterial origin. My cat developed dirty-looking areas on his chin, then sores, then lost a lot of hair in the area. For 5 months, he was getting worse, despite his clean non-plastic dishes, and flax oil in the diet. The vet said try washing his chin with soap. You can imagine that went over like a lead balloon, so I only tried it once. Finally, I took his treatment into my own hands because his chin was bald and covered with sores, and it seemed to be spreading.
I decided to try a homemade treatment that completely cleared up his condition in a matter of 2-3 weeks. It recurred after another month or two, at which time I began treatment immediately. He cleared up in days, and has not had the condition since despite me using less than immaculate plastic dishes on occasion.
Here is how it works: in the morning, I cleaned his chin with a cotton square soaked in 3% hydrogen peroxide. He did not seem to mind much at all, and there were no residues to worry about. (It is important to soak the cotton pad well and scrub the chin so that the peroxide penetrates to the skin through the fur. The peroxide treatment can be repeated later in the day.)
At night (or sometimes right after), I treated the sores with 2% iodine tincture (the yellow kind), then rubbed it in with my finger so he would not lick it. He liked this less than the peroxide, but all in all, it was a trouble-free treatment, easy on us both. There was a visible improvement within days.
Keep in mind that it is important to keep the dishes clean; plastic dishes can harbor bacteria and are best not used. And feeding on a clean dish every time wet food is given speeds healing. Spraying cat toys with the peroxide may also help, although I did not do this.
I sent the treatment to his original vet to see if it will be confirmed in his work with other cats. But in the meantime, why don\'t you give it a shot? There is nothing to lose. The treatment is simple and non-toxic. And please be sure to let me know if it has worked for you!
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