What is this dirt on my cat's chin?
January 1, 2007 4:34 PM Subscribe
My cat's chin looks dirty - what is going on?
posted by jesirose to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My 2 year old male tabby (indoor only) has what looks like black dirt in his fur on his chin. (Do cats have chins? It's under his mouth and jaw).
It looks almost like flea dirt (flea poop?), but he doesn't have it anywhere else, does not go outside, and I checked for fleas pretty thoroughly.
It comes off if you pull it from his fur, but there is more and more every day now. I cannot think of anywhere this "dirt" might be coming from.
It started about a month after we adopted a new kitten, who was also checked out by the vet and is okay.
I don't want to take the cat to the vet because he gets very scared, and I haven't been able to find a really good vet since we moved a year ago. (We did take him to one so he is up to date on his shots, but I want to avoid taking him if possible). Plus, I don't think he's sick or anything - I just cannot figure out what this stuff is.
What is it and do we need to do anything?