Sunday, February 16, 2014


Good Morning!  38 degrees this morning,  supposed to be 54 and sunny later in the day.  YEAH!

Riley is very ill and needs your prayers and positive thoughts.
She suffers from megacolon and has become severely constipated.  This is her first time in a year.   Her blood work shows her kidney numbers have changed significantly for the worse.  She is hospitalized right now,  hoping she will be home tomorrow.


Thank you so much for the gifts you sent to the cats 
from our wishlists!

and our Amazon wish list

Amazon often does not tell us who generously sends us
the gifts and they never give us contact information
so please forgive us for not personally contacting you to thank you!

Thank you Priscilla and; Simba for the Amazon Gift card!
Thank you Tabbie Sanchas and Toby for the Amazon Gift Card!

Natasha enjoying a soft bed

 Thank you Carolyn Sigman for the food!
Thank you Carol Dimmick for the food!
Thank you Jani Sutherland for the laundry soap!
Thank you Angelika Conner for the food!

Thank you David & Milady in France for all the 
laundry soap and trash bags!
Thank you Jani Sutherland for the trash bags & batteries!
Thank you unnamed for the toys in a sardine tin, balls, loops and crazies toys!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Feline Chin Acne
by Jill Anne Sparapany

Feline acne is a common problem caused by the particular cat’s skin condition or environmental factors. If not treated, secondary infection may occur. (It is not related to acne in humans)
Feline acne appears as blackheads or pimples that come to a head and may drain pus. In severe cases, the entire chin and lower lips are involved. Dark crusts may also be present.

If your cat scratches more than usual at their chin, check for signs of acne or infection. Scratching will introduce more bacteria to the already inflamed area.

One cause is excessive sebaceous glands on the underside of the chin and lips. The skin pores become blocked by excess sebum and is common in cats with oily skin.
·       Clean the affected area with mild antiseptic soap and warm water on cotton balls. Be sure to clean the skin, gently pulling back the fur for full exposure. Wipe the cotton balls across the acne several times. Avoid getting the soap into the cat’s mouth, nose or eyes.
·       Use another cotton ball dipped in warm water to rinse the acne treated area. Clean twice a day.
·       After cleaning and drying the chin area, apply very small amount (pin dot size) of 2.5% to 5% benzoyl peroxide ointment or gel. The acne should clear up in approximately one week.
·       If excess sebum is the cause, the vet may recommend an antiseborrheic shampoo.

It there is redness, drainage or pus, there may be secondary infection which will require antibiotics from your vet.

If the acne does not clear up in one week, consult your vet. Skin scrapings may be done to rule out other causes, such as ringworm or yeast.

One simple lifestyle change you can make to prevent feline acne is to use stainless steel food and water bowls! Stainless steel prevents bacterial residue and your cat’s water will taste better.
Some cats are allergic to the plastic bowls and minute scratches in the plastic can harbor bacteria which is re-introduced to your cat’s chin every time he/she eats or drinks from the bowls.

  Wash the stainless steel bowls in hot water and soap, rinse well and dry. 

After changing to stainless steel bowls, treat the chin acne to help clear as described above.
If necessary, clean the cat’s chin after eating or for cat’s with poor grooming.

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