If your cat tends to get "feline acne" on her chin, th culprit may be her food dish. Experts say that plastic dishes can get scratched up and harbor bacteria, even if they're cleaned regularly. Stainless steel, glass or ceramic dishes, on the other hand, are easier to clean, which can keep your cat healthier and happier. If you use ceramic dishes, be sure they are made with food-safe glaze. Most cats prefer flatter dishes so their whiskers don't press against the edge of the bowl. Also, don't use "double dishes" with food and water side by side; food can get into the water and make it unpleasant for the cat to drink.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.