Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Feline acne: What's that black stuff on your cat's chin?

Lucy deals with feline acne from time to time
Sometimes I struggle with the conflicting goals of keeping Lucy safe, and keeping her healthy.

For example: I have worried about providing ceramic or glass food bowls, as Lucy sometimes misjudges the depth or the width of the bowl and smacks her teeth on the edge. Stainless steel bowls are unbreakable, of course, but they are often made for dogs and have high edges, which also makes them a bad choice for cats as those edges irritate their whiskers. I figured low, plastic bowls were the best bet.

Turns out, we're switching to glass after all. Lucy has come down with a mild case of feline acne. She has two small, black, sore spots on her chin, right where it comes in contact with the edge of the bowl. This is a common allergic reaction to plastic, and should resolve with a few days of cleanings and no contact with plastic.

But I will be sitting with her during the next few meals, to make sure she accepts the new setup without breaking anything.