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Some cats have a single episode of acne; many, have a life-long recurring problem. The frequency and severity of each occurrence, however, varies with each particular animal. In cats, the acne is concentrated on the chin and lower lip. Unfortunately, the cause is unknown, but sex, age, and breed are not determining factors for cat acne.
Your veterinarian will want to rule out the following:
He or she may then use the following procedures to confirm the diagnosis:
Initially, treatment will involve the use of antibiotics and topical shampoos. If the acne outbreaks in the cat reduce, discontinue treatment by tapering medication over a two- to three-week period. If the episodes are continual or reoccur frequently, an appropriate maintenance schedule will be designed by your veterinarian; life-long treatment twice a week, however, may be necessary.
After the medication is discontinued, monitor your cat for relapses. Maintenance cleansing programs can also be used between relapses to extend the time between episodes.
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