Zit for cat.
TikTok users are revolting the internet by popping pimples on their hairless cats, as seen in disgusting videos blowing up on TikTok. Currently, #catpimples has also garnered millions of shares as viewers balk at the bizarre new internet fetish.
For the uninitiated, the dermatological detox tutorials involve the Sphynx cat, a species of hairless cat that’s particularly prone to pimples due to its lack of fur, which absorbs acne-accelerating oil, per Pawtracks.
“A cat’s fur normally helps with absorbing and distributing oils from the skin,” North Carolina veterinarian Dr. Jessica Taylor told Newsweek. “With no fur, the oil from the skin can create a film, which can lead to the pores becoming clogged with oil or other debris.”
In perhaps the most popular videos of the grotesque genre, with millions of views, TikTok user @sphynxcleaner — the Dr. Pimple Popper of pussycats — is seen using her fingers to unclog her zitt-y kitty’s chin pores as it lies perfectly still on its side.
Another, posted by @wonderfultreatment, depicts a cat-lover dealing with their pruny pussycat’s blackheads.
No word as to how this seemingly off-putting practice came to be a viral feline fad. However, some suspect it has something to do with combining the internet’s fascination with pimple porn and cat videos for maximum likes.
Either way, the bizarro skin flicks revolted the masses, with one aghast @sphynxcleaner viewer writing, “I literally thought this was an old lady’s foot at first.”
“Well so much for me getting a sphynx now i cannot tolerate popping anyone’s pimples,” said another.
Not only that, but Dr. Taylor claims that “picking or squeezing lesions can worsen acne.”
“These lesions indicate a disruption in the skin and skin barrier, and squeezing or poking them can introduce bacteria, potentially worsening the lesion, causing pain and infection,” she explained. “If the lesion is already infected, handling it could spread bacteria to the pet parent.”
She added that popping a Sphynx’s pimples can also cause pain to the cat, thereby hurting the human-pet bond.
Instead of manually unblocking the feline’s follicles, Dr. Taylor advises that pet owners regularly bathe their pet, clean its toys and food and drink bowls, and, if needed, use special shampoos and wipes to clean susceptible regions on their body.
Popping cat pimples isn’t the only wince-worthy trend circulating on TikTok.
A California dentist is disgusting the masses by sharing stomach-churning videos of his grossest procedures, which entail everything from pulverizing plaque repositories to removing multicourse meals from tooth cavities.