Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Cat acne is real

Poor old sweet Bumble Buzz.

A couple years ago, back when my "roommate" and I were living in San Diego, Bumble Buzz started getting all these weird bumps on her chin. Big ass things, that just got bigger, and eventually ozzed pus and blood. Of course, I waited way longer than I should have to take her to the vet, but it was clearly causing her discomfort, and so I finally took her to the vet, wondering what the hell was up with my poor sweet kitty.

They told me she had feline acne. I shit you not. Cats get acne, usually on the chin when they get it, and it's not all that uncommon. Vets have different theories about why it happens. Some think it's that the kitty's chins get dirty when they are eating food. Others think it is more hormonal (the theory I prescribe to.)

Naturally I thought the vet would give old Bumble some sort of medicine. But the vet said with my help, the chin would clear up naturally. "My help," disgustingly, consisted of me actually popping the zits that appeared on the cat's chin. Let me repeat that: I had to pop the zits on my cats chin.

Cat zits are kind different than human zits, in that the white zit stuff get hard and solid, and are kinda like little grains of rice. Anyway, after a month or two of popping the zits, low and behold they went away.

They came back this fall, 3 or so years later, so I think it is hormonal. I periodically check her chin, (and the other kitties) and this time I was able to sorta get to them before they got out of control. One of the grossest things that ever happened to me in my life? I was popping one particularly big-ass zit on her chin, and it popped and cat zit juice squirted INTO MY EYE!!!!!

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Anyway, I popped a giant zit on her today. She's got one last one developing near her lip, and then I think her chin will clear up again.

I thought you'd like to know.


TomB said...

Please, John, we all know that is not the most disgusting thing you've had squirted in your face.

Anonymous said...

FYI - gently washing your kitties chin with a benzol-peroxide wash (think human acne) or even with a diluted *dandruf shampoo* will help keep the skin clean and clear of cat-acne. I have also heard that using a swab/pat down of luke warm *very strong* black tea helps. I'm not sure why this would help... but it's worth trying. My kitty has "blackheads".... and I find that if I care for his chin like I care for my skin then it works out fine.

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