I’m very concerned, the skin doesn’t look irritated so hopefully that’s a good thing. Please let me know if you’ve seen this before, I’ve googled and such but there’s a lot of possibilities.

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    A few questions that will help us give a better answer: When you touch this spot, what does it feel like? Is it raised or bumpy? Is it warm or cold to the touch? Is skin flaking off of it? Have you noticed your cat scratching at it or grooming it with a paw? Does your cat wear a collar ever? Does your cat go outside? Do you have access to vet care if needed?
    – Griffin
    Jul 3, 2021 at 3:01
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    Griffin, it doesn’t feel raised or bumpy, it doesn’t feel like baby soft either, it’s slightly textured but mostly smooth. Normal temperature. It’s not flaky, but after looking at it closely now it may be slightly wet? I’m going to clean it and hopefully that helps. He has been scratching at it but not over scratching. Never has worn a collar. He doesn’t go outside but my other cat does. And yes, I have access to a vet, I just don’t think I can take him until Monday at the earliest
    – Meg
    Jul 3, 2021 at 3:57
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    To the best of my knowledge, unless he can't breath, he is feverish or lethargic, one or two days late visits would not be a problem.
    – C.Koca
    Jul 4, 2021 at 17:25
  • did you find out what was wrong with kitty. My cat has the same , don’t know what to do . Thanks Jul 9 at 19:18

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Skin lesions are notoriously difficult to diagnose without actually seeing it. From a glance, this may be due to eosinophilic granuloma complex. It's not the most common area affected, and as you noted, there are lot of rule-outs. Go to your vet.


According to my thinking, this is a bacterial skin infection specifically known as the staph infection caused by staphylococcus aureus (bacteria). It usually doesn't cause irritation, itching, or swelling. But in severe cases may cause redness, inflammation, and bald spots on the skin.

I think visiting a veterinarian clinic would be a great idea.


The Safest quick test is to treat it as Feline acne and cleanse it gently with a few drops of iodine solution diluted in a cup of warm water (iced tea colored -- it will sting your kitty if it's not extremely diluted.) Also clean his back and front claws with the same solution since he will be scratching with dirty claws and reintroducing germs. Only a quick pat with a dripping wet napkin is necessary.

He will probably struggle when he feels the sting or if the water is cold so hold him fast and play with him afterward to make him forgive you. It also helps to approach him from behind like you're going to pet him. No cat reacts well to foreign objects coming toward their face in my experience. Source I have a cat with sensitive skin, and also allergies that cause terrible open acne wounds on her chin and face. This method has always worked on her.

If this has no effect in a few days you need a vet.

The spot seems to be in the ideal location to be scratched regularly by his back claws so I would bet that it is irritating him even if it's not Feline Acne. The wet napkin should also be helpful removing any irritants that got rubbed on him.

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