Feline Acne

Feline acne is a condition where you tend to see blackheads developing on the chin of your cat.

Causes of Feline Acne

It is thought that this condition arises from cats that experience stress, altered grooming habits, and a suppressed immune system.

Clinical Signs

In this condition you’ll notice that your cat’s chin might appear dirtier than normal. This is the formation of numerous small acne bumps or blackheads.

Some of these cases of cat acne may even break open and you might see pus, a bloody discharge, and crusting formation.

Cats also tend to scratch this area a lot which can lead to more trauma in the area.

How Long Does It Last for

Most cats only experienced this condition once or twice in their lives. Some cats however experience this on a chronic ongoing basis. And while there are no breed predispositions to feline acne, like there is with dog acne, Persians tend to be slightly more effected. Also male and female cats are equally affected.


Sometimes a veterinarian will do a skin scraping to rule out other diseases like the demodex, yeast infections, ringworm, and allergies.

In more severe cases a biopsy might be needed and also a bacterial culture and sensitivity might be performed as well.

Treating Feline Acne

1. When there is no infection this is mostly a cosmetic disease and does not really affect the cats quality of life.

2. If you currently feed your cat out of plastic dishes you might want to switch to a stainless steel bowl.

3. If your cat is not grooming as much as it used to, you may want to assist your cat in regularly cleaning their chin.

4. In other cases shampoos that contain benzoyl peroxide or benzoyl peroxide gels might be used. This helps to break down any oil formation.

5. Some people have also seen improvements by supplementing their cat's diet with fatty acids.

6. In more severe cases topical or oral antibiotics might be use as well.