Q. My cat seems to have acne. Should I add oils to his diet or could this be a vitamin deficiency?

A. Believe it or not, your teen isn’t the only one that can get a bad case of acne. Skin irritation, usually from plastic bowls, can cause your cat to break out around his chin and on other parts of his face.

If his acne is due to irritation from plastic, the best way to treat this issue is to swap out his bowl with a glass or safe metal bowl. Your veterinarian may also recommend a local steroid cream to help relieve irritated patches.

However, skin irritation can also indicate infections, parasite infestation, or other skin lesions. It's unlikely that these symptoms are due to vitamin deficiency, though adding omega 3/6 acids may augment your cat's skin health.

I advise you to take your cat to your veterinarian to eliminate other causes and confirm diagnosis, and to receive further treatment if it's needed.

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