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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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rash around mouth area?


first let me say that I know very little about cats. but this cat has adopted me and something is wrong with her. I don't want to take her to the vet if it isn't serious because I really don't have the money. but I don't want her to suffer either.

she seems very itchy and shakes her head a lot, but her ears look fine. there is no redness on the tips, though it does look *slightly* pink in the area around her ears (at the base). the real problem is the 'chin' area and right by her mouth. the fur is missing and it is pinkish-red. it looks sort of like a scab but I didn't see any pus. the whole area beneath her mouth is like this. her tummy, legs, everything else looks fine.

can anyone offer some possibilities on what this could be? fleas? mites? something else I am unware of?

remember, I am pretty clueless when it comes to cats, so be specific. thanks~~~
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 05:27 AM
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Well, my cat had a red chin, which the Vet thought was from bacteria from sticking her chin in the food.

I think she got antibiotics for it, but it has been 7 yrs, so I'm not sure.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 08:02 AM
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You would be doing yourself a huge favor if you take this animal in for a "new pet check-up". It is always a good thing to establish a relationship with a veterinarian before an emergency happens.

In all likelihood the chin thing is cat acne caused by plastic feeding bowls. But the head shaking is something else IMO, and no one is going to be able to diagnose anything long distance.

Most all medical problems get more difficult and more expensive if they are left too long. Getting things looked at, diagnosed properly, and treated in a timely manner always come out to be cheaper than waiting.

Forgive me if you did in fact have a check-up first thing, but the post didn't sound like it. Veterinary care is part of the deal with pet ownership and we all need to budget for it. Especially if you have no animal experience and are not able to read your pet or identify symptoms very well.

A check up will help the cat, give you peace of mind, and get you established with a vet so that when you need them they will be familiar with your pet.

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