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A teenagers problem for your cat.

This is Olive and she has a problem which you would think would be reserved for teenagers. Olive has Feline Acne.

Interestingly, acne is a problem of elderly cats and Olive is only 6 years old.

Cats have a large number of scent glands in their chins. You can often observe them rubbing their chins on things. This is rubbing their scent on objects. In elderly cats these glands often block and form black heads. The chin gets painful, swollen and infected.

Cats really dislike washes and exfoliates on their acne covered chins, but they luckily respond very well to antibiotics. We expect Olive to make a full recovery but she may be prone to acne in the future. How embarrassing!