I have to leave work early on Tuesday to take Gun-Hee to the vet; he seems to have feline acne which didn’t seem to be going away through normal means
Patrick’s always had it, but never very bad. Gun-Hee’s is not only more extensive but it bothers him: he scratches his neck.
I started treating it last week; I basically took everything I already knew and beefed it up with some fresh internet research, which ended me up with a regimen of flea-combing the area and applying hydrogen and benzoyl peroxide, Bacitracin, epsom salts, and Malaseb pads and MalAcetic lotion with Hydrocortisone to help the itching (these are special for cats and dogs) which I found on a vet meds site in the course of my research.
But I took him in just in case he needed oral medication, and be be sure it isn’t something other than acne.
Then, too, we have a plastic bulk feeder and water bubbler, so he may have an allergy to plastic; that was the case with my high school cat, Sgt. Pepper (a Siamese and white)but Patrick has it no matter what sort of bowl we use. Kylie, Tessie and Harri have never had a problem. And we kind of don’t want to get rid of those, since they’re convenient for us and them…
It’s rather hard to find bulk feeders that aren’t made of plastic. I could only find this ceramic Pet Well for water, and it’s a bit expensive. For food, there are more choices, but they’re none of them very attractive, and I don’t know that the cats could open them.
Good thing he doesn’t mind going to the vet.
Turns out, I was doing all the right things, and I just needed to keep on it. Which is a reassuring comment on my abilities as cat mom, but which means that there’s nothing else that can be done. While we were there, the vet also looked at Gun-Hee’s teeth. There is one premolar on the left side that isn’t coming out all the way, and the gum nearby is very red. 10 months old, and he still has a tooth coming in. The vet said I should just watch it for now; if the tooth never comes in he may need a gingivectomy to remove the gum that hangs over the tooth; because the tooth isn’t all the way out, there’s a pocket between the gum and the tooth where food can be trapped. It’s not serious, and the fact that I brush his teeth helps. It’s something that would wait until his first major tooth-cleaning, because it needs to be done under general anaesthetics.
He’s up to 8½lbs now; he’s getting to be a big boy!