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My cat has a crusty eye, chin, and upper jaw. What is it? How do we get rid of it? The cat has been taken to the vet twice, given eye wash, an extended round of Prednisolone 5 MG, and two rounds of Neo Poly Dex Opth Ointment. Yet the black crusty stuff just keeps coming back. He has been treated with Neosporin, but will rub his face until it's all gone. What is this from? And what do we do to make it stop? He occasionally walks around with his eye almost closed, which is worrying us.

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

Chin looks like feline acne, need to use glass or ceramic bowls. A weepy eye that is sometimes closed or "winky" May be feline herpes, once an ulcer is ruled out (special dye for eye). In stressful times (to a cat, it can be a change in furniture) it tends to get worse. Often a steroid ointment or steroids can be given but sometimes not very helpful.

The least traumatizing treatment is to give Lysine (made for cats) to try to stop the virus from activating and replicating. He can also have allergies but the steroids (prednisone) usually help with that. Go to a ophthalmology specialist, it may cost more in the beginning but they can at least give you a more definitive answer.

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

I don't think the two are related (chin/eye). I agree with the previous poster about the chin.

One of my cats similarly developed "a wink" and was found to have an eyelash that turned inward irritating the eye. Surgery corrected it. May not be the same for your cat. Good luck - He looks sweet!

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

You definitely need to change vets. Some vets specialize mostly in dogs and are just guessing on cats. That isn't fair to your cat.

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

If you live in a large metropolitan area, you should be able to find a Veterinary Referral Clinic. They have specialists like dermatologists, dentists, neurologists etc. You have a better chance of getting a good diagnosis and treatment there. Good luck.

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January 30, 20150 found this helpful

This was happening to my cat's chin and I took her to the vet, paid a lot of money for them to tell me to stop letting her drink from plastic cups. The cat used to drink my icewater when it was on the coffee table so I used to just give her a cup for herself so she'd leave mine alone.

Apparently this caused the dermititis. They sold me a $30 bottle of medicated shampoo and told me to give her a bath in it. I don't think that helped at all - except maybe their profit margin. But as soon as I went back to only letting her drink from the stainless steel bowls she healed right up.

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February 4, 20150 found this helpful

I hope you have since figured out what was wrong, just in case... I definitely believe that it is time to seek a new vet. The chin looks like feline acne to me too, which should be a fairly simple diagnosis; It was the first thing that popped in my head. When a cat scratches and/or rubs at the area, it can lead to further infection (which by the looks may be the case with your cat) needing topical, or systemic antibiotics; Which again, would require a visit to the vet, you never want to guess with antibiotics in anyone. If it isn't feline acne it could be some type of parasitic dermatitis. I hope your furrbaby is doing much better.

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May 26, 20160 found this helpful

My cat had this. It was calledeosinophilic granuloma. He was given Atopica to treat it and is symptom free.

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May 26, 20160 found this helpful

My cat had this. It is called eosinophilic granuloma. They gave him Atopica to treat it. It is given daily at first then you space it to every other day until you get to once a week. If you have any questions email me

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June 12, 20160 found this helpful

My cat had just the black crusty stuff on his chin, and only for a little while. I made sure I cleaned his water bowl once a week and always has fresh water...and now....he doesn't have it!! :)

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

Clean water every day. With clean water

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July 16, 20160 found this helpful

When a cats chin looks like that it has fleas. The black specs is flea poop. No other way to say it. Get advantage II from Petco or a vet it's about $12.00 for a month but it comes in packs of 3 or 6. Believe me I'm a cat lady.

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July 24, 20160 found this helpful

Google cat acne. My cat had this issue, I brushed it off with a tooth brush for awhile and changed his feeding bowl.

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