That's right, folks, Feline Acne...or the Case of The Cat With A Fat Lip! Who has ever heard of Feline Acne before? Certainly not me. But the other night my cat, George, who is a big goober anyhow, looked like he was sticking his tongue out at me. I thought, o, how cute he looks. Upon closer inspection, though, I realized that it was not his tongue sticking out, but his bottom lip. I held him down and pried his mouth open and it was, indeed, red and swollen, and even a little "puss-ish" (that's puss, as in the nasty stuff that oozes out of an infected sore, not puss, as in cat. Just thought I'd throw that in for good measure.) Anyhow, I figured one of the other cats had probably nabbed him with their claw to make him leave them alone, and that it had probably just gotten infected. So, I held him down again, put some hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip, and cleaned it. Next day, it was a little bit worse. So, I cleaned it with the peroxide again. Yesterday, it was still getting bigger and by then, he was starting to look like one of those Ubangies in Africa who put bones in their lips to make them jut out like a bowl under their mouth. Well, maybe not quite that bad, but it ws starting to concern me that it was more than just a scratch. So this morning, I called the Vet and took him in. The doctor took one look at him and said he has Feline Acne. And, it's not curable. Managable, but not curable. So, doctor gave him a shot, and a prescription of steroid tablets that I have to give him every day for a week, then every other day for a month. And, doctor said that it will probably flare up at least every few months, if not immediately after finishing the steroid prescription. He told me, "We're going to become very good friends over the course of the cat's life." The cat is just 2 years old, and my last cat lived for 17 years. O, and by the way, don't cats have 9 lives? So if their life expectancy is somewhere between 15 and 20 years, and they have 9 lives, wow, I can't even do the math right now, but I'm quite sure I won't be around long enough to outlive him! Here's what he looks like: I feel sorry for him. My little Boy George.