Notmai Kitty has strange bumps on her lower jaw. It started with just a hard little bump on the tip of her chin. When I scratched her, she’d angle her head to make me scratch that spot. I felt it, and scraped it (a little) with my nail. A hard, black thing came out. It looked like a splinter. Ok, she’s an indoor/outdoor cat; I suppose it’s feasible that she could get a splinter. A couple of days later, I notice a bigger bump, which she has scratched open and bleeding. I wiped it with a paper towel, the scab came off, and inside the scab is a hard white knot.
Now, a week later, she has 5 or 6 of these bumps. The biggest one is about the size of a pea, cut in half. They are pink, almost hairless, and some of them have an opening – like a pore trying to open. I applied a little pressure to the side of one, and another hard white knot of what I suspect is sebaceous fluid came out. There are a couple other things that look like blackheads scattered around.
I got curious, and checked the lower jaws on the other cats, and the older ones have the little black dots, too.
I have made an appointment for Notmai Kitty to go to the vet. (She’s a mouser, and has gotten tapeworms…again. Sigh. ) I am going to ask him about it, but meantime I am worried, and was hoping someone could explain to me why my 13 year old has pimples?!