Cat Acne

Cat acne is a minor health problem that is often treated at home. This condition is also known as feline acne or kitten acne. It can show up at any time in a cat’s life, but is usually seen in younger cats.

The primary problem is food bowls. Food and water bowls that are not cleaned frequently promote bacterial growth. When the cat goes to eat, bacteria from the rim of the bowl gets onto the cat’s chin and this leads to a minor infection, an acne like appearance.

Avoiding plastic food bowls and only using metal or ceramic bowls is recommended. Some people also believe this condition is caused by an allergic reaction to the plastic food bowls, which is unlikely.

Recommended: No-Tip Non-Skid Stainless Steel Bowl

Feline acne is often a minor condition and most clear up with absolutely no treatment. Curing this condition often involves cleaning the food and water bowls daily. Also you must clean the skin with soap, hydrogen peroxide or topical antibiotics.

In rare but serious cases your veterinarian may prescribe oral antibiotics. As stated earlier most cases will resolve on their own. Many cats have reoccurring minor bouts of acne.



Some people have suggested a seasonal appearance of this condition, which has not been noted in medical journals. Some people suggest it is more common in spring and fall when cats shed more and the weather is changing. Also, unlike in dog acne, there is no breed predilection.

The most important thing a cat owner can do is to make sure the food and water bowls are cleaned frequently, and to monitor this condition. If it irritates the cat too much they will scratch at the lesion, making it worse. At this point you should seek veterinarian help for curing cat acne.