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mialove1 December 3rd, 2013 06:11 PM

Cat losing fur near mouth, with brown dots
 
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Hello,
I recently discovered that the underside of my cats chin and the side of her mouth were developping these brown little spots that made it look like her mouth was just dirty. Only a little while ago I noticed some hair missing from there as well, Im guessing due to her scratching or something because Ive noticed her scratching too. It looks irritated now Im just wondering what it is. Im so worried for my little baby, I hope everythings alright..:cry:

If anyone knows anything it would be much appreciated, Thanks!!:highfive:


Here are a few pics, sorry they aint that good.

mialove1 December 3rd, 2013 06:12 PM

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Here are a few more pics if that wasnt enough !!:cat:

Barkingdog December 3rd, 2013 08:33 PM

You need to bring your cat to a vet to find out what is going on.

Reg December 3rd, 2013 08:50 PM

Hi mialove1;

Welcome to the forum. Hopefully some of us will be able to give you some ideas on what you are dealing with. From what I can see in the photos I would suspect Feline Acne. It can be quite sore as it progresses, and with her scratching at it it will start to bleed. There are topical ointments on the market that can be purchased and applied that will clear the problem up. Do not use acne treatments for humans on a cat - they can have adverse reactions.

If you are using plastic watering dishes, and feeding dishes - switch to glass. I found this very helful in helping to treat Acne. Plastic has a tendency of breeding bacteria that causes Acne, and the glass is easier to keep clean. I find that the Corelle dishware works best as it will withstand moderate bumps without breaking. Stress and poor quality food can factor into some of the cause for Feline Acne.

One other thing that it might be is Ringworm, and it isn't what it sounds like. It's a fungal infection, and it's contagious. It will spread to humans. I don't think it is but I can't tell from the photos. The best thing to do would be to go to the vet and get his opinion, or someone who is knowledgeable, and can see it firsthand and make a diagnosis.

RUSTYcat December 3rd, 2013 10:11 PM

Hi mialove1 ! Welcome to the forum!

I strongly suspect that what you're dealing with is a type of allergic reaction commonly seen in cats.

Sometimes it's a reaction to a food ingredient, sometimes (as Reg mentioned) it's associated with using plastic dishes (glass/stoneware/stainless steel are preferred), and sometimes it's the result of a brush with some transient allergen.

If you haven't made any food changes/additions before the time these spots first appeared, then investigating a food allergy would not seem needed.

Cats' immune systems are particularly watchful when it comes to the skin.

This is NOT something you can treat successfully 'at home'. Mia will need to see a competent feline Vet (most general practice Vets do poorly with feline health issues...particularly when things get finicky).

Here's a plain-language coverage of what's most likely going on (from a reliable site!): [URL="http://www.marvistavet.com/html/eosinophilic_granuloma.html"]http://www.marvistavet.com/html/eosinophilic_granuloma.html[/URL]

If you read carefully through there, you'll understand that this condition, once started, will go on and on in a never-ending circle until the immune system is told to put the brakes on by using the steroid, thereby giving the itchy area time to heal up....and stop itching.

If you have a 'general practice' Vet, this might be an opportunity to find a cat-only practice. Post back if you need help with that.


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