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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2006, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Irritated bumps on skin

I'm a new cat owner, so go ahead and assume I don't know anything. I really don't.

I know the very best thing I can do is take him to the vet, which will be happening later this week. I'm just hoping that I can get some more information from the rest of you in advance.

My cat has recently, in the last month or so, developed a series of small, fairly hard bumps all over his chest, about one-quarter to one-half the size of a penny. They also seem to be developing quite fast. There were two when I first noticed about two weeks ago. One week later there were 3, now he's got 5. I've been told "cat acne" is a possibility but they really don't seem zit-like.

He's calm enough when touching them, so I don't think they hurt all that much, but he does scratch them frequently. By now they bleed a bit, and ooze a clear liquid that smells bad, so I'm going to assume they've become infected.

Any suggestions on what they may be, or how I can make him more comfortable? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2006, 07:22 PM
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Could be acne, but that usually appears first on the chin, and isn't particularly itchy. I think you assumption there's an infection is correct. I suppose now it wouldn't hurt to just rinse the area in warm water. Or you could use a very mild solution of an anti-bacterial soap containing chlorhexadine (Hibiclens is one brand).
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2006, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info, especailly the soap specifics. I'll definately try rinsing him in the morning.

The bumps definately came first though, before he started scratching. They were oozing slightly on their own but not bleeding, I think he started scratching them after they've appeared.

Can anyone think what might have triggered it? Could this be a standard allergic reaction to something?
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