Arlo is a sweet 3-year-old tabby with golden eyes. Percy (see print edition) is a 5-year-old orange tabby with freckles on his nose and chubby cheeks. This dynamic duo needs to find a home together because they are quite bonded. They enjoy people, attention, belly rubs, and each other.
Provided to the LVN
Dear reader, while writing a description for Percy, I noticed the black spots on his nose and wondered what exactly they were. It turns out that the spots are lentigo simplex and are comparable to freckles in humans. These black spots can appear on the nose, lips, eye margins, gums, and mouth.
The most common reason for the dark spots is an increase in the number of epidermal melanocytes, which are pigment-producing cells. As these cells multiply, small black or brown spots appear on the cat’s face.
The exact cause of lentigo in cats is unknown. Freckles in humans are associated with sun exposure, but there is no evidence that increased sun exposure causes lentigo in cats. Fortunately, it is not a form of cancer and will not become cancer; it is just a cute addition to a furry face.
Although, lentigo can appear in kittens as young as one year it is more common in middle-aged and older cats. Orange cats commonly get them, but tortoiseshell, calico, yellow, and flame point Siamese are also susceptible to the spots. Since lentigo is a benign condition similar to age spots or freckles, no treatment is required. Like freckles, they are not itchy or painful.
Other causes of spots on your cat may be less benign. Fleas and flea dirt may appear as small black dots in your cat’s fur. A careful examination and a fine-toothed flea comb can alleviate this problem.
Another condition you may spot is feline acne. It can appear as black dots on the chin that progress to red-inflamed sores. Clean food and water dishes are of the upmost importance with this condition. The dishes should be glass or metal and washed after each use. Carefully monitoring acne can reduce it from spreading.
The most dangerous spot of all is malignant melanoma. When melanin pigment cells grow out of control, they may appear as a darkly colored spot, lump, or raised area on the skin. This is a deadly cancer and a trip to your veterinarian is advisable to ascertain what treatment is necessary.
If you are seeing spots on your BFF there is a good chance that they are simply lentigo, but if you are worried that the spots are troublesome seek expert advice.
LOOKING FOR A HOME
We have two handsome 15-month-old male puppies. BG and Diego are anxiously waiting to find their forever homes. We also have one Lab-mix male who is 13 weeks old. Cat lovers, we have seven tabby kittens in shades of gray. They are cute!
IN NEED OF
• Board members! We are seeking energetic, enthusiastic, community-minded folks to serve on the CAPS board. We meet once a month. Call 775-423-7500 for details.
• Bleach, laundry detergent pods, toilet paper, and paper towels to stock our shelter.
• XXL Kong Extremes for our guests.
• Would you like to foster animals? Call CAPS for details.
• Aluminum cans. We will pick up your cans; give us a call at 775-423-7500. You can also drop them off at CAPS.
SHOUT OUT TO
• Pampering Pawz for grooming Leroy. All tails are wagging for you!
• Mavis and Pauline for the help and love you give to our guests! Pooch smooches!
COME SEE US
CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We suggest appointments for adoptions and food pantry.
• November Holiday: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Month.
• Would you like a newsletter? Call 775-423-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is email@example.com. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable.
Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.