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What is Footpad Injury?

An injury to the footpad may result in damage to the outer protective layer if it is punctured, cut or burnt. The most obvious symptoms are bleeding and lameness, and the cat may lick excessively at the affected paw. This denotes trauma to the footpad such that the pad is painful or doesn't respond normally when the cat places weight on it.

Cats are silent stealthy hunters, thanks in part to cushioned footpads which allow them to pad silently after prey. The footpad itself is made up of an inner cushion of fat that is richly served with blood vessels, covered with and protected by a tough outer layer of keratin.

Symptoms of Footpad Injury in Cats

Footpad injuries are often easy to detect because the cat is liable to limp or pay exaggerated attention to the damaged pad. Signs that indicate the cat may have a problem with a pad include: 

  • Holding a paw up
  • Limping on a particular leg
  • Licking excessively
  • Bleeding from the paw or leaving a trail of bloody paw prints
  • An unpleasant smell originating from the pad. This may occur if a bite becomes infected and abscessates
  • Fever (may occur if a bite to the pad becomes infected)
  • Grumpiness as a result of pain when the paw is touched.

Causes of Footpad Injury in Cats

Footpad injuries are common and often the result of: 

  • Overgrown claws
  • Older cats that do not shed their claws effectively often develop ingrown claws which grow around and pierce the pad
  • Lacerations
  • Footpads can be cut on glass, metal, or stones.
  • Bite wounds
  • Cat fights can result in the paw used for 'boxing' being bitten by the antagonist.
  • Burns
  • Burns can affect a cat who jumps up onto a hot burner or other surface.

Diagnosis of Footpad Injury in Cats

Oftentimes a footpad injury is diagnosed by simple observation of the affected area. The vigilant owner who sees their cat licking excessively at a foot should take this as a cue to inspect the paw for problems. 

Puncture wounds, by their nature, can be small but deep which can make identification difficult. However, a punctured pad is painful and suspicions should be raised if a usually docile cat resents the exam. With this in mind, an owner should always be cautious when examining a cat in pain, and take steps to gently restrain the cat in a towel or have a friend hold the pet. 

Impacted nails are evident as the claw hooking around and digging into the pad. This is often associated with bleeding and infection. 

Footpad burns are very painful and the cat will be extremely lame. The outer part of the pad often blisters and will eventually peel away, leaving the damaged fat pad exposed and open to infection.

If a pad is lacerated, it may be necessary to explore the cut to see if a glass shard or sharp object is still embedded deep within the pad. This is done by a vet, and may require sedation.

Treatment of Footpad Injury in Cats

Treatment varies depending on the nature of the injury.

Overgrown Claws

The claws must be clipped and the impacted part of the nail gently extracted from the pad. This is painful and sedation may be necessary. The damaged pads are bathed with a weak solution of disinfectant such as chlorhexidine. If the wounds bleed, a light dressing may be required for 24 hours. A course of antibiotics is advisable in the majority of cases

Lacerations

Lacerations should first be cleaned with a weak solution of chlorhexidine or salt water. Fresh lacerations should be sutured to encourage the pad to seal over in around 10 - 14 days. The cat then has the paw dressed and needs to wear a buster collar or e-collar to prevent interference with the healing wound.

However, old lacerations rarely heal when treated surgically and may need to be left to scar over. This can take several weeks.

Puncture Wounds

Fight wounds are prone to infection, resulting in painful abscessation of the footpad. It may help to poultice the area in order to release any purulent discharge. A course of antibiotics is needed, by mouth or injection.  

Burns

Immediate first aid treatment is to hold the pad under cool running water for 10 - 20 minutes. The subsequent burn may need antibiotics to prevent secondary infections, and the cat require pain relieving medications. The pads often slough, leaving the tender inner fat pad exposed. The paws may need dressing regularly to promote healing. 

Recovery of Footpad Injury in Cats

Happily, most cats with a footpad injury go on to make a full recovery from what is undoubtedly a painful and unpleasant condition. Depending on the nature of the injury it can take between 10 days to three or four weeks for the pet to recover, during which time it may have mobility issues. 

Another factor to consider is litter tray use, since it is undesirable for cat litter to contaminate an open wound or burn. To this effect, dressing may be required to protect the feet, or shredded paper substituted for the typical litter. 

Simple preventative methods such as biweekly toenail clipping or the use of a burner cover can eliminate the risk of recurrence in these cases. 

Footpad Injury Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Fluffy
Unknown “domestic”
12 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw
Infection
Tired

My cat was outside all night and know has a deep laceration on one toe pad. It is definitely infected but we can’t get to the vet till tomorrow is there anything else I can do... I wrapped it but she just took it off

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Until you can get in to have Fluffy seen, it will help to keep the footpad clean. If she'll let you wash it in anti-bacterial soap, that will help in the short term, but it may be very painful. If you can get to your veterinarian tomorrow to have her looked at, and get any medications that she may need, she should be okay.

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Yellow tabby
tabby
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

We have a stray cat that we feed and both his front paws have these big swollen blood looking blisters one is huge the size of a quarter he can’t hardly walk he’s losing his hair and it looks like it’s matted is there anything I can do to help him he’s kind of skittish

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause is as infections, contact allergies, chemical irritants, autoimmune diseases among other causes may lead to similar symptoms; without examining the cat I cannot say what the specific cause is. Try to bathe the paws with dilute salt water (teaspoon of salt in a pint of warm water) and rinse thoroughly with plain water; but you should try to visit a charity clinic or other organisation to determine the specific cause and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tinkerbell
short haired
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

blisters on paw

how do I treat my male cat he has blisters on 3 of his small pads on his paw and I cant afford vet treatment any help would be great and greatly appreciated thanks in advance

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for paw pad blisters which may include autoimmune disease, irritation (possibly by standing in something), infections and other issues; you can try cleaning the paw regularly with a dilute antiseptic and ensuring that the area remains clean and free of debris. But without an examination I cannot suggest anything else (I cannot prescribe prescription medication here). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Turkish Van
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

In description

My cats been biting at her foot and ripped one of the pads off and its bleeding a little shes also starting to be aggressive now. Any ideas of what the problem would be? Shes an indoor cat and the only pet we have.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like something has been causing some irritation for Kitty which has lead to her chewing off her paw pad; foreign objects, chemicals, other irritants, small masses, infections, ulcers and other issues may lead to this type of behaviour, the aggression may be a response to pain. You should prevent any further licking by using a cone, clean the affect paw with a dilute antiseptic and visit your Veterinarian for a course of antibiotics as well to dress the paw if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
I dont know the exact breed
About 2years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

What can I do at home to treat my cats paw he keeps limping on it and it smells he's a black cat so his paws are colored black as well it's hard to see anything but he keeps licking it and it looks like it could be infected..what can I do I don't have money for the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the specific cause, it is difficult to make a recommendation, however you should clean the paw twice per day with a medicated shampoo for fungal infections; without examining Jack, I cannot prescribe anything for him apart from place a cone on him to prevent further licking and bathe the paw regularly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buzz Lightyear
tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

Medication Used

none

Hi, my cat has an open sore on his right back paw, it looks as if he had licked it to the point of the skin and fur coming off between the toes and pad, mostly between the toes. It looks sore, I’m going to buy a cone to stop the licking but what could it be and how do I treat? I cannot afford a vet visit right now. Thank you. P.s. the sore is red and bright pink, fleshy looking, no smell and limping yet. And he’s an indoor cat plus he had two small open sores on his back ear but have healed, looks like the same sore as in his foot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Getting a cone is a great first step, also regular cleaning of the wound and the paw in general with dilute chlorhexidine will help too especially after a visit to the litter box. If the wound is wide open I would recommend a visit to your Veterinarian regardless of cost but if the wound is relatively closed and not deep, good nursing care and a cone will help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raffles
Semi long hair domestic
4 Days
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

Cut/rip to bottom of front paw pad approx 10 days ago. Cleaned with salt water/pet antiseptic and kept in for a few days. Healing very slowly. No more limping and doesn't seem to be in too much pain. Concerned about healing time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Injuries which are very open can take a long time to heal since they need to heal from the bottom of the wound up whilst wounds which have opposing sides in contact will heal within a few days as they can ‘glue’ themselves together. If you are seeing progress keep an eye on it and clean regularly; if the wound is large that you would visit a Doctor if it happen to your child, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patchies
I don't know
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

my cat is limping. i noticed its around her nails on her right footpad. she does not want to put pressure on it. this is the second day. no blood or torn nails or skin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is an injury around Patchies nail you should bathe the area at least twice daily with a dilute antiseptic especially if the litter tray was just used; if there is a deep wound you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as it may need to be sutured. From your question I cannot determine the exact nature of the injury, but keep the area clean and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elwood
Devon Rex
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat jumped on to our wood burner and lept off pretty quickly. We padded his paws with a cold towel and the day after he seemed ok. However today is a day later and today one of his black footpads has a white mark on it and he’s holding his paw up. Is there anything I should do or will it heal itself?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep an eye on all of Elwood’s paws especially for signs of dead skin, I’ve not come across a heat injury this severe only tarmac in 105ºF weather; bathe the paw regularly with a dilute antiseptic but you may need to visit your Veterinarian to determine whether the affected area needs to be removed or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marie
Cat
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

A fluorescent light bulb broke in my room and I think a piece got stuck in my cats paw. She is limping. She won’t allow me any where near her paw. Will the glass work it’s way out or should I take her to the vet?!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The glass may not work its way out, it may become an embedded foreign body in her foot. It would be best to take her to see your veterinarian, and they can examine her foot and determine if there is glass in there or if she needs other treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Cleo
domestic short hair
15 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

grumpiness
partial limping
Licking

my cat somehow got one of her claws stuck into one of her paw pads. she keeps licking it. We are cleaning it out with saline solution ever hour and a half but she is starting to get very grumpy with us when we are cleaning it, I am very concerned. She is walking fine it's when she sits down the paw is always raised off the ground. After soaking it a few times I can see that is it slowly coming out but i'm wondering about the healing time from when the claw works it's way out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends if it will work itself out or if it needs to be coaxed out; I would keep the area clean and continue with want you are doing but the claw may need to be cut and removed to speed things along especially if Cleo is in pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat went missing for a day and whenever he walks he lifts his paw up. We checked it and it was swollen and his one of his toes side has turned pink(his paw is black). The area between his pad and toes are slightly bloody. White liquid Cole's out of the paw too.

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Milly
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cut on paw pad

Hi my cat seems to have a small cut on her pad on her paw, it's been bleeding by the looks of it but not a lot as there is some dry blood around it, she licks it a lot which is how I knew something was wrong but I couldn't see anything to begin with, she started biting at it aswell as licking it today and I just looked to find the blood

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Milly's pad isn't bleeding and she isn't limping, it may heal on it's own. If she continues to lick at it, or is limping, or it isn't getting better and healing over about 48 hours, then she may need to be seen by a veterinarian. Things to watch out for are continued bleeding, any signs of infection like an odor or discharge, or limping. I hope that everything heals normally!

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Jack
Manx mix
11 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness/Limping
pus
Pain
Swelling
Infection
Wound

i noticed that my manx mix cat was walking a bit funny yesterday, (he's a mostly outdoor cat, he can come inside during the day but as we recently adopted a bigger dog, he prefers to stay outside even when she's in her outdoor area), and I called him over, assuming that it was one of his funny mannerisms (of which he has many). Instead, I noticed he was completely keeping the weight off of one of his rear paws, and brought him inside for further inspection. My mom and I thoroughly checked out the area, where we discovered two large cuts, one on the bottom of one of his paw pads and one on the side, between it and the one next to it. We believe that 'it' (we're not sure what the cause is) may have gone all the way through the toe pad and out the other end.
We cleaned the paw and decided to take a closer look the next day, as we weren't sure when it happened and wanted to discuss our thoughts further. I should add that my brothers told us that he was around some broken Christmas ornaments, and today we believe we found a piece or two of glass in the pad, but we think it was much bigger and deeper than one of the ornaments could have done.

It's definitely infected, as the paw is swollen and there was pus in the paw, mixed with blood. Because it's mixed with blood, mom's afraid that the infection may have gotten in the bloodstream, in which case she's worried his health will deteriorate. But, we don't have the money to take him to the vet. Today, we decided that he needed to stay inside for the time being and he is staying in my bedroom where I can keep an eye on him at night and where he can be away from the dog. We also cleaned it thoroughly, checked for foreign objects, and bandaged it up after putting some bag-balm on it. He does resist us touching it, despite being the friendliest cat we have, but other than that he seems to be acting mostly like himself.

Since we don't have the money to take him to a vet and don't know the exact cause off what happened, what should we do? Thank you so much.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you can't have Jack seen by a veterinarian, which would be best, especially if there is glass and infection in the wound, then you are doing what you can, and will have to see if he is able to fight off the infection. It is not a good idea to bandage the area, as you can cause more harm than good with wraps on animals legs. There may be a low cost clinic in your area where you can have him seen to get appropriate medication for him, which would help him.

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Stewart
Unknown
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Infection
Limping
Swelling

Hi! I am a high school student who has a barn cat who is having issues with both of his front paws. It seems as if the skin that protects the paw has become infected and has fallen off completely. His wounds bleed and he licks them each time they bleed. He is in a lot of pain to the point where scruffing him doesn't work to keep him calm as I try to either clean them or simply putting a wrap on them. From what I can tell, my other cats do not have this issue. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to keep the affected paws clean and use a dilute antiseptic to bathe the paws at least twice per day, also you could try applying an antibiotic ointment to the paws as well; placement of a cone to prevent further licking would also be advisable as well. You should visit a Veterinarian to get a better idea about the underlying cause of the condition so that a treatment can be given, charity clinics and non-profits may help with cost if that is an issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Roo
Tom cat
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
Redness
Swelling
Torn nail

My cat got out of the house and came back all banged up. Scratches and dried up blood in his ears. But worse he came home with a paw injury on his back paw. Like the nail got tipped or torn out and is just kinda of dangling. His paw is VERY swollen and he doesn’t put much pressure on that paw. I’ve noticed the swelloning isn’t going down and it has started blood alittle.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Roo is in a bad state, you should consider visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and treatment of his wounds; you can clean him up at home by bathing wounds with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment. However, severe injuries to the nails with severe swelling should be seen by your Veterinarian and treated accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bastian
Unknown
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lack of mobility
SORENESS
Bleeding

My kitten (8 mos) was walking around me when I was in the bathtub, and I didn’t have the cover on my razor. He cut his paw, and it seemed to be bleeding a decent amount. We wrapped it, so that it didn’t get infected. Do you have any suggestions? And an estimate heal time?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the injury, I can't comment on healing time or the severity of the wound. Paw pads do tend to bleed quite a bit when they are injured, as they have a very good blood supply. I'm not sure how long ago this happened, but if it continues to bleed after about 20 minutes of being wrapped, he should be seen at your veterinarian tonight. If it has been some time since the injury, you should keep an eye on it for signs of infection, as his foot is in his litter and on the floor, and has the chance of getting infected. If it looks like it is getting red, swollen, or has any discharge, he should be seen by your veterinarian to assess the wound and prescribe antibiotics if necessary. I hope that everything goes well with him.

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Scoop
Calico
6 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Kitty was limping. Picked her up to inspect what was wrong with her leg/foot. I one of her little toe pads was torn/scratched. No blood. The little pad felt scratchy rather than smooth like normal. She did not like using her back leg to step on, but was a little bit. I cleaned it with a warm wet rag and put neosporin on it (all I had), then put a baby sock on her foot and wrapped it with co-band so it would stay on. Like I said, no blood but kitty is obviously on pain since she is limping. Not sure if this is treatable at home, or what I should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is small and not bleeding, you should just keep it clean especially after a litter tray visit; if you put something around the leg be careful not to place anything too tight which may cause the paw to swell due to lack of venous return as the increased pressure may cause it is bleed. If you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Salem
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

My cat jumped on the stove and burned its paw. The pad is open, there is a foul odor, and there is heat to it. It seems to be getting worse day by day. Is there anything that I can do for it until I can get her to a vet next week?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These injuries are always severe and are prone to infection, you should bathe the paws regularly with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment; but this isn’t something which you should wait for an appointment for, you should visit a Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately especially if there is a foul odour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sir Eros Von Shweddy Balls
Russian blue & raccoon
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut webbing between toes

My FIV cat Sir ran out the door while I was bringing in groceries. He ran into the super tiny crawl space under the house and it took me 4 days to coax him out. It looks like the webbing between his claws got cut somehow. Fresh and pink, no smell (though I am sick) and nothing oozing out. No fever that I can tell. I’ve cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide. He’ll put some weight on it and has been stretching fine and splaying those toes out too. He’s pretty okay with me looking at it. I’ve made him a bed of towels and a box of newspaper clippings (which he’s never used before) in the bathroom,to keep the wound from litter,and he has peed on the towel and is sleeping in the newspapers. So off to get a baby sock and that self adhesive tape so I can let him use the litter box again. Will this effect his FIV at all or will his healing time be effected by the FIV? Due to unforeseen situations my paychecks are spoken for, for the next 3 weeks possibly 4 if groceries are to be had. I cannot get him to the vet until then. Also when cleaning a few times daily how do I not mess up newly healed skin/scabs? All advice is much appreciated!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) may have a slow rate of wound healing and are also more prone to infections in open wounds; do not use hydrogen peroxide as it slows down wound healing more since it may damage the capillaries supplying blood to the skin, instead you should use dilute chlorhexidine or betadine. Regular bathing and applying an antibiotic ointment would be best in these situations to heal prevent secondary infection; do not put tape tight around the leg since it may restrict venous return leading to the paw swelling and bleeding. If finances are tight, speak with a charity clinic or nonprofit in your area which may be able to assist with some or all of the cost of care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stumpie
moggie
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
No temperature
no swelling
Paws are cool to the touch

My cat has a paw pad injury on his front two paws and they don’t look like they are from fighting but more of being cut open. The pads are slightly discoulouered and he’s limping now. They’re bleeding and he doesn’t have a temperature and the paw pads are cool to the touch, he doesn’t mind having them looked at and gently touched. They also don’t look like they are infected so what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Discolouration and low temperature is concerning, it may be that the tissue around the wounds is dead and is cold due to no blood flow; given the circumstances I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to check the paws to see if there is viable tissue or to see if the wounds need to be debrided. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tarzan
short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat has been licking his inner paw that is now red and swelled up.Do I allow him to keep licking it?He is also limping should I take him to the vet or will he okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a cat to be limping which may include trauma, foreign objects, sprain or pain among other causes; you should stop Tarzan from licking his paw and bathe the paw at least twice daily with a dilute antiseptic. If you are concerned that he may have a more serious issue you should visit your Veterinarian and I am unable to determine the severity without an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

light bleeding

My cat is declawed and has been for many years, but in the front of his paw, sort of close to where his claws would be, he keeps getting this wound. I've cleaned it with wound spray and it seems to heal, but then it comes back in a couple of months lightly bleeding. And then that cycle repeats. It doesn't seem to bother him much, but it is worrying. I don't know if maybe I'm not taking care of it properly, or if it is bothering him and he bites at it and makes it bleed. It doesn't bleed much, only a little bit where the wound is.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Given what you're describing, it is possible that there is a fragment of nailbed left there that is bothering him. It would be a good idea to have him examined, have an x-ray of his foot, and see if there is any residua nail bed tissue that needs to be removed. Your vet will be able to tell if that is the problem, or if there is a deep seated infection that needs to be taken care of. I hope that he does well.

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Smokey
Myst
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
No hair on paw
Very tired,

I have a stray cat that someone abandoned in my neighborhood well I let him in the other day and he was limping I try to look at his pad and he wouldn't let me. Well a few days later his paw is swollen and won't walk on it at all now it's two days later the swelling is gone but he no longer has fur on top of his paw and is very tired and not hungry. Is there anything that I can do for him from my home he won't let me move him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining him, I can't say what might be causing that wound. I am concerned that it might be an abcess, or a tumour, and that he may be becoming septic from the wound. He should see a veterinarian, as I cannot diagnose or prescribe anything without seeing him. It is nice of you to take him in - I hope that he is okay.

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Pooter
Calico
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Licking paws

My cat's paws seem perfectly fine and healthy. No swelling, redness, cuts, etc. But she has started licking them more and more in the past week. We recently moved into a new apartment about 2 months ago with all new carpeting. Could this be a factor?
We are also not sure if she has ear mites or just excessive wax build up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the carpet in the new apartment is causing irritation leading to Pooter licking his paws, it may also be due to dietary changes as well; without moving him from the carpet and bathing the paws we cannot check if this is the cause or something else. If you suspect that Pooter has ear mites, you should clean the ears and treat accordingly; if you use an effective topical spot on product which overs mites you should be fine, mites look like coffee grounds in the ears. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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NEMERA
Egyptian Mau
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

While tossing a cat toy for our cat she some how injured her carpal pad and now it is bleeding. I looked it over and it does not look to be deep, mostly superfiscial, but bleeding nonetheless. She is not limping and does not flinch or pull away when you touch it. I have wrapped some gauze around it for the time being to contain the blood; but, how should I properly treat this to stop the bleeding and keep it from becoming infected?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If it continues to bleed, she should be seen by a veterinarian to stop the bleeding and to get antibiotics if needed - we often use antibiotics in foot injuries, as their feet are in dirty places and prone to getting infected. I hope that she recovers well.

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Mister
Tom cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My friend cats paw pad is peeled off on a part of it and between its paws their is infection and it has a terrible smell. When you try and touch it he growls and gets mad and try’s to scratch.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this case the paw should be bathed at least twice per day with a dilute antiseptic especially when exiting the litter tray; Mister should also visit his Veterinarian to examine the paw to determine if any flap or edge needs to be debrided or not to provide a better surface for healing. Mister may also benefit from a course of antibiotics which would be down to the Veterinarian performing the examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tac
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Scarfing down food
Scabs

My cat went outside and when he came back he looked as if he had been in a fight. The main issue tho, is that he is limping really bad. We looked at his paw and it had a little cut so we put antibiotic ointment on it and wrapped a bandage so it could heal. It has been about 2 weeks now and he is still limping around. It is not swollen or bloody. It also looks as if his side claws were ripped out on the two front paws.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If he has been limping for 2 weeks, had some unknown trauma, and is still painful, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian. They will be able to assess him for possible injuries, prescribe any medications that he may need, and make him feel better.

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Pete
Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding paw

Why is my cat scratching the scratching post until his paws bleed? And how do I stop him from scratching it? Do I get rid of it? My other cats don't do it. Help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Pete is obsessively scratching the scratching post, you may need to remove it from the house until his feet heal, as there isn't any other way to stop him from using it. Usually the opposite problem occurs, where you can't get your cat to use the post, but it sounds like it isn't a good thing for him.

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Hooters
Shorthaired
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ingrown nails

My cat is an inbreed retarded cat she's missing a foot and her head is bigger then her little body I took her in as a kitten cause her mommy threw her away her 2 nails on front pad r deformed and the keep growing in her pad and this time they r really in what can I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending how far the nails have grown into the pads, Hooters might need sedation to cut them out, or antibiotics for any infection. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, and they can look at her nails and decide the best course of treatment for her. I hope that everything goes well for her.

She can't b sedated it will kill her she's allergic to it and her immune system isn't strong enough we we're exposed to mycotoxins

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Finagain
Bombay
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My cat had gotten in a fight a month ago and his paw got swollen so we cleaned it up and wrapped it up. the cuts are gone but his paw is turning blue and a nail fell out what does that nean?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I see you asked two questions with a little bit of different information in both so I’ll answer them as one question. If you are seeing that the paw is turning blue, this is an indication that there is a lack of oxygenated blood circulating in the paw; this should be treated as an emergency and you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Finagain
Bombay
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
Pain When Lifted

my cat had gotten in a fight and he was li.ping then a week later hr had a ball full of puss we cleaned that up its gone now but now that the ball is gone his paw turned blue

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I see you asked two questions with a little bit of different information in both so I’ll answer them as one question. If you are seeing that the paw is turning blue, this is an indication that there is a lack of oxygenated blood circulating in the paw; this should be treated as an emergency and you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nutkin
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pads peeling

My cat started limping today and when she sits she lifts her front right paw off the ground. It doesn't seem to hurt her to walk on soft surfaces like the couch or pillows. I gently inspected her leg/paw by pressing on different parts, checked her claws and between her toes, it didn't seem like anything hurt her when I touched it. I did notice her pads are peeling quite a bit, I wonder if it has peeled deep and is now hurting her. Do you think that could be the cause of the limp?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Nutkin injured her pads, that can be painful and may be causing the limp. WIthout examining her, I'm not sure if that is the cause, but if her lameness persists, it would be a good idea to have her examined by her veterinarian, as they can see her, determine if any treatment is needed, and help her heal. I hope that she is okay.

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Hazel
long hair
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

antibiotic

My cat ran away two and a half weeks ago and when we found him he was severely injured all over his body. He had a foul smell coming out of him, and we took him to the vet immediately. He only gave us antibiotics for his face because his skin was ripped off and an antibiotic injection. I noticed later that the paw was the place where the smell was coming from and I sent him back to the vet. He said it was just his footpad skin that was torn off that had this smell and told us to continue to put on the topical antibiotic. It has been since the day we found him until now that his feet are still smelling bad and won’t heal over. Is it true that the smell isn’t an infection and only because the skin is removed? How does an abscess paw look like?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An abscessed/infected paw doesn’t look a specific way since there are many variables; but necrotic skin, infections etc… may cause a bad smell. Without examining the paw and checking tissue viability I cannot say whether or not it is infected or not; however I would recommend you pop into another Veterinarian for an examination to get their taken on the smell and the appearance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dudey
Not sure
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Licking

my cat is turning 10 this year, and is very healthy. however, he started to limp on his paw and lick it more than usual around three weeks or a month ago. im really worried about him because there seems to be a pink lump inbetween his toes and pawpad. he doesn't seem bothered by it and doesn't cry at all when walking, he can walk fine, but i am still worried about him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Dudey, I can't comment on what might be going on with his foot - it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veteirnarian, as they can examine him, determine what is going on, and what treatment might be appropriate for him. I hope that everything goes well with him.

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Shorty
House
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

rough pad

I noticed that my cats pad on one toe seems to be really large, and callused. It doesn't seem to be bothering her. She seems to be the normal cat that she always is.What could it be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The pad could be calloused, or injured, or infected, or have cancer. Without seeing her, I unfortunately don't have any way to determine what might be going on. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to see what might be happening, and if any treatment is necessary. I hope that all goes well for Shorty.

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chuck
demostic
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

my cat ripped a claw out took him to vet all she did was clip his nails and gave him antibiotic shot well his pad was bleeding and has been well she said she see him in 2 weeks which is march 5th she never cleaned it out either she said maybe tumor well now it moved to other paw pad looks the same and he licking alot limping when walking he will not let me touch them i was thinking could it be from litter i was using i just switched litter tonight and how and what can i clean them ty

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Chuck I cannot give you an indication of a cause; however if the issue is occurring on more than one digit I would be concerned about contact allergens, excessive licking, tumours among other causes. You should stop Chuck from licking his paws and ideally this may involve using a cone to restrict his access to licking, also bathe the area twice day with a dilute antiseptic and the application of an antibiotic ointment may also be useful. If you have concerns, visit your Veterinarian before the weekend to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

ty very much like i said she wants to see him on the 5th

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Meowkai
American Shorthair
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cuts, Black around cuts

There looks to be little cuts on my kittens front paws. There is black around the cuts that isn’t apart of his natural paw color. He doesn’t meow or yelp when I touch them and he doesn’t seem to be in pain. But a glass was broken a few days ago, I never saw him get glass in his paw and I never saw any blood. Is this just from playing with his siblings?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Meowkai’s paws I cannot determine the cause or severity of the cuts, glass is a common cause for cuts on paws but I cannot be sure. If the tissue around the cuts are black, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to ensure the wounds will heal normally; in the meantime bathe the wounds with a dilute antiseptic especially after a visit to the litter tray. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Twidge
DOMESTIC
20 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nail in pad

My cat pushed, yes pushed, her nail deep into her paw pad. Past the quick. She has an appointment. I know this isn't grown as I bathed her (she is 20) cleaned her paws and this was not there, 2hrs later she was limping. The pad skin is open. I'm wondering if past the quick, trimming not an option, how it will be removed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Typically, when cats' nails are embedded in the pad, we are able to trim the nail and remove it. Your veterinarian will be able to look at Twidge's nail and decide the best course of treatment for her. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Cleo
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw

My cat had a heavy mirror fall on her paw, she's been limping and favoring the paw since. It's swollen (happened 2 days ago) but she's not aggressive, she's still eating, doesn't seem to be bothered too much when we touch the swollen paw, she doesn't like when my husband puts pressure on it. Its right where the paw usually curves on the floor. She seems to be keeping it somewhat grazing the floor, she's testing it, but it's definitely swollen and tilted inward toward her body a TINY bit.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely it is causing some pain to Cleo in the same way it would hurt if we dropped something on our foot or sprained an ankle; you should keep Cleo’s movement restricted to prevent her trying to use it by walking, jumping etc… Monitor her for a few days and if there is no improvement by Monday or Tuesday pop into your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Socks
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drowsiness

My Cat has cut open one of his pads on his back paw, it lookes really sore and is completely split open,its still bleeding from lastnight and smells a little. I'm so worried incase it gets infected I've been told if I don't get him to manchester animal hospital today he'll probably gave be put down surely this cant be true

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a small cut on the paw, regular cleaning may be sufficient but if the wound is open, deep and the margins are not together I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediate to see if stitches are required. Euthanasia is a bit extreme, but if the wound is open it should be seen as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

there was no wound it was a ball full of puss. thats goine now but his paw has turned blue

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Charlie
Mut
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat just started limping out of no where and I cannot seem to find the problem. He is favoring it a ton and I’m not sure what to do. There is no cuts or open wounds on the paw that is bothering him. He is not licking it either. I don’t know if he need to be seen or just needs to work through what’s bothering him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Charlie is limping, he probably does need to be seen. He may have an abscess, a sprain or strain, or another type of injury. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and get him any appropriate therapy.

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Mittens
Domestic shorthair
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody
swollen
burn,

Mittens is an indoor cat. He goes out when we are out of the house, or with a leash. Yesterday my daughter took him out, as usual, for some playing outside. She came back home screaming, because Mittens was bleeding form his paws. It was not bleed, bur rather a serum-bleed, in his 4 paws, and I took it directly to the vet. He told us that it looks like a burn, or even a chemical burn. He is been treated at the clinic and we will have him home tomorrow. However, I can't find what cause the burn, or lesion. I walk the path the cat took, and he walk on some gravel, on grass, and then in asphalt. He played in the gravel, in the grass, and then explore some bushes. There is where the cat start complaining and my daughter realized of the lesions. Some landscaping were carried out about a week ago. I really can't find any chemical or other situation that might have cause the lesion. I am worried that when he is back he might run again into some problem. When he left home, it was OK. I know this because my daughter put the small leash on him. Any advise will be appreciated

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It sounds like Mittens may have come into comtact with a chemical that may have caused this burn. It would be a good idea to keep him away from that area for a while, so that he doesn't come into contact with that area again. i hope that he is okay.

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Tippy
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

licking and irritation

My cat has been licking in between her paw pads very frequently recently, she has now licked all the hair out of that area and has dried up black stuff attached in that area. I assume that the black stuff may be blood but it doesn't look like there is/was a cut in that area.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can get bacterial or fungal infections, parasites, or allergies, that can make their feet very itchy. Tippy may need medication to help her with this problem, and it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to have her examined and get treatment for her.

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Dante
Siamese
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin hanging from pad on paw

My indoor cat got out last night and when he returned I noticed he was licking his foot pad and when I looked at it the outer skin layer was just hanging. It wasn't bleeding but it was very red. The other foot pad on his other paw is also very rough and scratched. He had no other injuries anywhere on his body, just the 2 footpads on his 2 front paws. Should I take him to a vet Or will this heal on its own? Also I noticed you mentioned bathing with a deluted antiseptic solution, what is this and where would I buy It? Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is skin hanging, you should visit your Veterinarian to have it look at to determine whether it should be removed or not. Bathing the paws with dilute chlorhexidine which can be found at Walmart, CVS etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Biggie
short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pad injury
Paw Swelling

I was on vacation my parents told me my cat got loose a few days ago but he looks like he was in a cat fight I examined him today I noticed his paw is swollen he limps instead of walking on the paw and his carpal pad looks looks like it's missing is there anything I could do he doesn't show no pain unless I try to move his paw

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to keep any cuts and wounds clean (especially after a litter tray visit) with a dilute antiseptic and a thin layer of Neosporin, however if you notice that the carpal pad is missing or there is another severe injury you should have you Veterinarian examine Biggie to be on the safe side. In the meantime just try to keep him rested and prevent any activity including running, licking etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Calico tabby
13 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding paw, blood under the skin
Bleeding paw

My cats footpad has been injured as there was blood all over the lounge. My cats are used to me doing first aid on them so she let me wash her paw and even thanked me. I can’t find a cut but the skin in between the foot pad and claws has all blood trapped under the skin. I’m wondering if she’s trapped her paw somewhere. Other than bleeding no worrying symptoms. She was cleaning her claws and chasing her tail a few minutes before. She’s an elderly cat. About 13-14. Thinks she’s a princess lol

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the area continues to bother Sadie, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to determine what might have happened and what treatment might be needed. Without examining her, I'm not sure if this is a superficial problem that will resolve, or if she needs more care, but since it doesn't seem to be bothering her, it would be worthwhile keeping a close eye on it.

She’s quiet but grumpy. More grumpy than normal. Her foot ibe noticed is black around the pad where it meets the claw. And extends down into the bit between the claws and the footpad. I’m wondering if she could have injured herself when cleaning her claws. She’s always kept her claws clean by using her teeth. She’s the only cat I have that does this. Could she have nicked it and it’s caused bad bruising. ? Sorry for all the questions. I’m going away overnight tomorrow and don’t want to leave her if she’s poorly.

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Chevy
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 3 year old Chevy just randomly started favouring his right paw on Sunday night. He’s still able to jump up onto the couch and bed and is eating and drinking and is alert. He has no other symptoms aside from his limp. Could it just be an irritated foot pad or sore nail?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Chevy, I'm not sure if he has an injury to his footpad, a problem with a nail, a strain, sprain, dislocation, or fracture. Since the limp doesn't seem to be getting better, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what might be going on, and give him any treatment that he may need.

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Rza
short hair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat had his paw slammed in a door and one of his pads was bleeding. I managed to inspect and clean the wound a little, it appears that his claw may have extended from the pressure of the door and sliced a small flap off the side of the pad. I keep wrapping his paw with Vet wrap but he keeps taking it off. The bleeding has subsided, and i picked up a colloidal silver spray. I am worried because I can't keep the paw wrapped that his paw will get infected from the litter box usage. He is almost OCD about covering his droppings and scratches at the litter quite often. What can i do to keep his paw wrap secure?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally I’m cautious about owners wrapping their pet’s limbs because they keep falling off and they put them on tighter leading to pooling of blood in the paw and possible further bleeding; if he is taking the dressing off himself with his mouth you may wish to try using a cone to prevent him from attacking the dressing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jacks
Shorthaired
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

my cat ran away about 4-5 days ago and we found him last night and brought him home but he is limping a little and has dark spots on his paws and a lot of redness on one paw and cuts. He is letting me look at it and is not being rude/hissing. is their any ointment that i can buy to help ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Injuries to the paw pads needs to be treated with regular bathing with a dilute antiseptic two or three times per day and a thin layer of Neosporin; however if a cat has been missing for four to five days we don’t know what may have occurred or what may have been eaten during that time. You should keep a close eye on Jacks and visit your Veterinarian if there are no improvements in the paw or other symptoms present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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meesh
angora
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

Hello
My cat start limping on her fron leg from 2 days ago, and feeling to much pain. I took her to the vet and he said that it is a cat bite from fighting with another cat. He cleaned the wound and prescribed her amoxicillin twice a day . But now after 2 days taking ani biotic i can see less pain but her paw is swollen, and still holding it up , i am worried about her . Is it normal To got swollen?? Or i have to visit the vet again ??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It can take some time for an infection to get better, and it may just need a little more time. Sometimes, however, the infection is too much for some antibiotics, and the area may need to be drained, or she may need a different antibiotic. Since I can't see her, it might be a good idea to have a recheck for her to have the leg reevaluated and make sure that it is healing normally.

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Lendash
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

Medication Used

none

My cat cut one of his foot pads open pretty good while at the park yesterday. I cleaned it, sprayed the recommended spray that I bought from the pet store and covered it. Does he still need to see a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best to visit your Veterinarian after an injury to the paw in case any antibiotics or suturing etc… is required. Without seeing the paw and the size of the wound I cannot determine the severity of the injury; if it is superficial and the margins are opposed I would keep an eye on it but if it is deep, wide, dirty, warm, has a discharge or anything else concerning you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Be careful when wrapping paws because if wrapped too tightly blood can pool in the paw leading to complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frehley
British shorthair cat
10 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

sore paw

Hello my cat seems to have hurt his paw pad on his back leg he keeps licking it and it does look sore bis there anything I can bath it in. He climbs fences around the gardens where I live and the tree in next doors garden. He seems fine in himself still eating and drinking i can't see any cut or anything inside it its not bleeding

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can bathe the paw with a dilute antiseptic twice per day (and after the litter tray), it would also be good to try and discourage any further licking which may be done by using a cone or other discouragement. If there is no improvement over the weekend you should have you Veterinarian have a look to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
American Shorthair
6 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat gizmo seems to have ripped out a nail and is limping. Was also licking at it. I have cleaned it with salt water several times. A vet is expensive so it would be nice if it will just heal but I don't know signs of infection. Is it normal to be kinda red and swollen? He is eating and drinking fine also seems very alert and is walking around.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Redness and swelling is the body’s reaction to an injury and may be considered normal under the circumstances; but infection is always a concern so care must be taken to bathe the paw regularly with a dilute antiseptic at least twice per day and after each litter tray visit as well as monitoring for any discharge or increase in temperature. If you notice any pus or other discharge or Gizmo is showing signs of pain you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skylor
tabby
9 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Peeling paw

My young cat I noticed some skin peeling on his paws. He's an indoor cat and even when he goes outside. He says on my patio I have covered to be shaded. I don't see blisters. I didn't see him licking or biting his paws. What is going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst unusual a cat’s paws may peel for a variety of reasons including burns, contact allergies among other causes; if you’ve changed the litter recently, used new cleaning products or something similar it may be an explanation for the peeling. Keep an eye on the paws and pop a little paw balm in case they are just drying out; if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mo
American Shorthair
5 Years
Mild condition
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My cat Mo had ripped out his claw. It is red and swollen. He walks but kinda limps. He has been eating fine and is alert. It also smells a little weird. Is this part of the healing process? I have cleaned it out several times. How do I know it isn't infected. He does not have a fever

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As I mentioned in my previous answer: the swelling is normal and it will be painful for Mo (Gizmo) to walk. But if there is a smell coming from the wound you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since it may be infected and may require some antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Magic
Cat
1 Month
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

limp
Crying

I recently got a kitten from the shelter and today I looked at her paw and on the footpad there is a chunk of it missing. The area looks like it may become infected. What should I do before going to ththe bet tommorroe?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should bathe the paw with a dilute antiseptic and keep it clean from dirt and debris, cleaning after a trip to the litter tray is important. Without examining Magic, I cannot determine the severity of the injury or the best way to treat it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Goldie
I don't know the breed
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen
Bleeding

I feed stray cats. One of them showed up with a bleeding paw about a month ago. I examined it and saw a big laceration. The bleeding hasn't stopped as I still see blood spots where he steps. Today I saw him limping really bad and took a look and saw it is extremely swollen. From what I could see it almost looks like it's detached from his foot. Taking him to a vet is not an option for me. I really want to help the poor guy out but don't know how. Can I give him any kind of medicine to help treat any infection he might have? Any advice is appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Goldie and examining the foot, I have no idea what might be going on, or how to help him. If this has been going on for a month, he really needs to see a veterinarian. I hope that he is okay.

Call an animal rescue...

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Socks
Not sure
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Burned pads

Hi, my cat chased another across a hot metal roof and came back with both his back paws burned. The skin has peeled and he doesn't want to walk . He is cleaning then himself and so am I, but should I take him to the vet? This happened 24hrs ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should bathe the paws every few hours with a dilute antiseptic and apply a dab of Neosporin on the affected pads, especially after any litter tray visit; however it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian since some antibiotics or other treatment may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sho
stray
Three Weeks
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Cant meow
swolen
cant eat
pus

We adopted a stray kitten 3 weeks ago and fed her with milk. She was growing healthy until my uncle accidentally stepped on her and causes her to vomit blood. The next day she doesnt responds to her milk and she doesnt make any sound. I think something is wrong with her neck. Plus she has a wound on her fore paw which we dont know where it came from. The fore paw is now swolen and has pus. She is limping and seem very weak. I am so worried and I wanted her to be alive and grow healthily but I dont have money to bring her to veterinarian. What should I do? Pls help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Sho sustained that level of trauma, she very well may have had an injury that she needs medical help to recover from. Unfortunately, many things cannot be treated at home, and she needs help. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have her seen and at least get an idea as to what she may need.

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Wilson
Idk ( white with grey/brown patches and tail)
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Grumpy
Swollen foot
Only using three legs

Hey, so I noticed my male cat was limping about a week ago, when he laid down I noticed one of his little toe beans was cut, it looked like the tip of the toe bed was slashed all the way down, he didn't let me touch it, he would hiss at me if I tried to lift his foot to see the ingury. When it first happened he would still lower the leg to the ground and limped, but now he won't put his foot down at all and it walking with only three legs. He still won't let me get close to it, please what should I do? I hate seeing him in pain. (P.s. He's mostly an outside cat, he only comes inside to eat and take naps, the only time he's been to a vet is when he was younger to get neutered, but now he won't let me put him in a carrier)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without having a good idea of how severe the cut may be, it is difficult to give specific advice; but you should make an effort to at least bathe the cut with a dilute antiseptic especially after a visit to the litter tray and keep him indoors for the time being. If the cut is severe, a visit to your Veterinarian would be best to get him looked at and to get a course of antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pumpkin
We don't know
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ingrown claw

Cat has an ingrown claw it has grown into the foot pad, how much would it cost to have it treated at a vet (on average) also if you trim the claw yourself would peroxide and neosporin work to prevent infection? (Been researching saw a vet only use peroxide after pulling out the nail. (Not sure how old or what breed this cat is we took it off the hands of a friend)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, without seeing the nail, and the cat, I am not sure how extensive the ingrown claw might be - it may be a simple clipping and cleaning, but it may require sedation and antibiotics, depending on the nail, and the cat. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, they can give you a better idea as to what will be required to fix this painful problem. I hope that everything goes well for Pumpkin!

Only because I was able to cut my cats ingrown nail; she didn’t answer the second half of the question... :)

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Mommia
Maine Coon
20 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

I have an old cat i think at least 20. We are lucky but i have noticed every once and a while her paw hurts her. The sam paw an it seems like a pad injury buy i can never find 1. Could she have arthritis in the lower paw? She wont put any pressure on the injuried paw. Wont walk on it, she normal comes out of it but now that shes getting older im getting worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mommia it is difficult to say what the specific cause is, in a cat her age there are a number of possible causes which may include arthritis, long term injuries among other issues. With Mommia being of a good age, I would suggest to have a Veterinarian examine her to check her general state of health, the paw and a blood test to check internal health to catch anything early and manage it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toothless
short hair
4 Years
Fair condition
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I have a kitty that only wants to be outside. I have tried to keep him in, but there is no way, he always storms the door and will literally fly over your body to be outside. With that said, he gets allergy problems, mosquitos, fleas, ants all get him. He has been to the vet before for chewing fur off the back of his leg and also for the swollen lip in the past on multiple occasions. So I know that’s what’s going on. This time it’s his foot on his back leg (swollen, and signs of chewing) and a few minor hotspots on his hind legs. It is an ongoing battle. Normally I take him to the vet (always regularly) but it is the end of his pest meds course. So I would have to take him soon anyway. The issue at hand is, until next week I will not get paid from work to be able to spare the funds to get his normal meds, and his antibiotic/steroids they have given him in the past for this. I can tell it is bothering him. Is there anything OTC or something I can do in the meantime. I have cleaned it all, but as he won’t stay indoors I’m not sure if something topical will help with his foot necessarily. I was told he is predisposed to these skin contortions. Help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there really aren't any OTC medications that you can give for allergies or infections in cats, and many OTC medications are actually toxic to cats. Any ointment that you put on will be licked off fairly quickly, so those don't tend to help much. Keeping the foot clean and washing the areas of hot spots with an anti bacterial soap may help keep it from getting worse until you can have him seen.

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Bella
Unknown
8 Years
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture

I missed one of my cats claws last month. I just discovered an ingrown claw. I was able to cut it and now she has a small puncture wound on her pad because of the nail. There was no puss nor did it smell. The puncture wound is pink. What should I do to keep it clean and not get infected.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bella seems comfortable and you are able to keep the toe clean with an anti-bacterial wash, it may heal without becoming infected. You'll need to keep a very close eye on the toe to make sure that it isn't developing an odor or any discharge, or that she is not becoming uncomfortable. If those things happen, she should see a veterinarian.

Thanks! She’s been healing wonderfully.

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Rocco
Black cat
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion

My Kitten has cracked and cut foot pads on all four feet, especially the back legs where a couple of pads actually look like they might have melted or been burnt even though we don't have a fire and he hasn't been outside yet. He is a black Cat and one of the black pads is hanging off with the pink squishy part showing but there is no blood or wound it looks like he is just shedding skin. He hasn't been limping or licking and doesn't seem to be in pain but I have no idea what has caused this or how serious it is. we have been to the vet but she put him on antibiotics for his temperature not his foot sores as she said it was nothing to worry about but they just seem to be getting worse.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since his feet seem to be getting worse, it would be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian, as I cannot see his feet or diagnose what might be going on. He may need a biopsy of the area to figure out what is happening.

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Rue
Not sure
Five Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Big whole underneath the footpad.

My cat footpad (the back one) has a whole underneath it and it's starting to do the same on the other foot as well. He will let me look at it, so he's not in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing a hole in the footpad, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as there are a few possible causes for the presence of a hole which may including trauma, infection, inflammation, autoimmune disease among other conditions. Without examining the paws I couldn’t say what the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
short hair
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Suckling on paw

My 12 weeks old kitten seems to always be suckling on her paws and when I checked I notice one of her paw pad is ripped.She hasn't shown any pain symptoms. She been running and jumping around just being her kitten self. But when she is resting she always suckling on that pad and kneeling. Should I be concern?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2948 Recommendations
If the paw pad is injured, you should stop Charlie from licking, sucking or biting the area (placing a cone on may help); the paw should be bathed with a dilute antiseptic two to three times per day and no activity like running, jumping or playing. Monitor the paw pad, but if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty kitty
mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paw Swelling

Is it possible for my cat to be stressed to the point that he bites his paw pad skin off? I'm unsure why he is doing this am he will not leave his paw alone. It started when I recently moved once I got here he started in on his paws so I'm unsure what to do at this point. Any advice would be appreciated. He is still acting scared hiding under the bed, not coming out till night, ect.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Chewing at the skin on his paw is not a typical reaction to stress for a cat. I would suspect there is something wrong with the skin on his paw that is making him chew at it. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, look at his paw, and determine what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Love
Feline
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping Licking, red foot pads

i found a young small female cat at a gas station. pretty skinny, but real sweet, so i took her home and fed her and keeping her quite. I noticed later that she was hold both front paws up and acts as if it hurts. i looked at them and they look red and swollen. I cleaned them with peroxide and put antibiotic on them. Should i take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are certain parasites and infections that can cause those signs, but it may also have been from a trauma or something since you don't know anything about her history. If she is eating and drinking and doing well otherwise, and her feet are improving, you may be fine to continue to monitor her. Since you did just find her, and she will need vaccinations and worming medications, it might be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, regardless, and they can look at her feet at that time.

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Tiger
Undetermined
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Part of her foot pad is black

My cat has had a limp recently, we took her to a vet and they couldn't find anything qrong,. I recently found out that the pad on that paw she's been limping with is black/grey on one side, it reminded me of when you smash your finger and blood pools underneath the skin, but im not sure if it was blood at all. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That area on her pad may be the source of her limping, and the skin may slough if the damage to it is severe enough. If she seems to be doing better and improving, you may be able to monitor that area and make sure that it is getting better. If the dark area is spreading, or changing, or she is continuing to limp, she should be seen by your veterinarian, as that spot may have developed since they saw her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Yoda
Coon
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

The dew claw was ripped down to the pad due to my cat getting into a fight with another animal. There was blood on his front paws I cleaned him really good. Is there anything I should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a big wound, you should visit your Veterinarian to determine if it requires suturing or not; if there is a small wound, bathing with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin may be enough. Fights with other cats (or other animals) is a common cause for infected wounds which may turn to abscesses so care should be taken, any doubt and you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alice
Short hair domestic
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My cat is bleeding and her nail went through the padding on her back leg. She wont stop licking and she's also limping. Shes 7 years old. What should I do to help the pain and wound heal?? Its been like this for roughly 3 days. We are very worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Alices's nail grew into her pad, that can be quite painful, and can get infected. Since it has been going on for 3 days and not improving, it would be best to make an appointment with a veterinarian and have them look at it. They'll be able to let you know what can be done, and any treatments that she may need.

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Dave
dsh
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw
Cut

Dave seems to have possibly cut his paw pad on his right front leg. Its is swollen and he is "babying" it. He is still eating and jumping and going out side. Just a little worried since i currently cant afford to have him seen. I have been keeping it clean and trying to but ice one it? Any other suggestions

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Dave, I can't comment on what might be happening with his paw pad. If it looks like he may have injured it and it doing well otherwise, you may be okay to monitor it and make sure it is healing, keep it clean to prevent infection, and he may heal just fine. If it isn't getting better, or he stops putting weight on the foot, or seems to not be doing well otherwise, he should probably be seen by a veterinarian. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have him seen and make sure that everything is okay with him.

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Sylvester
tabby
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting, licking

I came home from my vacation to find my cats footpads peeling. All his feet (including his toes) have peeling skin and redness underneath. Im not sure what happened, it looks as if they were burned. He is limping around and meows. He has been diagnosed with feline AIDS so im worried for what might happen. Is there anything I can do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep Sylvester rested and bathe the paws with a dilute antiseptic at least twice per day; you should also note that paw issues like this are more common in cats with FIV than those without it. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as Sylvester may require antibiotics and other treatment depending on the results of your Veterinarian’s examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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jasper
Ginger tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

brown patch on his pad

hi my male cats is holding his paw up and licking it alot when i have had a look at it it is hot and all i can find is alight brown patch on his pad he is a house cat doesnt go out i have had my electric radiator on the last 2 days could he burnt it on that i dont leave any think on for him to hurt his self i am very careful what do you think it could be .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Jasper's foot is hot when you touch it, it may be infected. He may have burnt it on the radiator, without seeing him, I"m not sure. If he continues to favor that foot, or it continues to be warm when you touch it, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine his foot and see what treatment he may need.

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Chelsie
Calico
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Slight licking

Upon trimming my cats claws I noticed 1 of her claws had begun curling into the pad. I gently removed it and trimmed it. In doing so it has left a small open wound, it's not bleeding and I put some mineral oil on it. She's walking on it but I am seriously concerned about the claw being removed the pad like that... Help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Keep a close eye on that nail and see how it continues to grow, the wound shouldn’t cause any issue if it isn’t bleeding and a dab of Neosporin twice per day after giving it a wipe with a chlorhexidine wipe should help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ford
Unsure
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat got into a fight with another animal last night right at dusk. Came in with a bloody paw. This morning was limping and now can walk on it. Is there anything I can do without having to take him to the vet quite yet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ford, I cannot determine the overall severity of the injury; however you should try to bathe the paw with a dilute antiseptic and to apply a antibiotic ointment to any wounds present; it is important to bathe the paw after each litter tray visit. However, if there are deep wounds, the wounds start to smell or you notice discharge you should visit your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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meeko
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sensitive
swollen
Swollen Joints
Bleeding
Limping
Licking

my cat likes getting into fights with the neighbor cats because he's an indoor and outdoor cat. he just recently was outside for 2 days and came home with a swollen paw and was limping, i looked closer and saw he had a bloody rip in his footpad. when i try touching his paw he pulls away quickly, & it's extremely sensitive. i can't afford to go to the vet and just want advice on what the best thing for meeko is. (he's also not nurtured if that matters i don't know)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the wound on Meeko's pad heals normally, you may be okay to monitor it. If it looks like it is getting red or infected, or he continues to be sensitive when you touch it, he should probably be seen by a veterinarian. Many clinics to offer a 'free first exam' that will allow you to have him seen. As an aside, getting him neutered will stop him from fighting with the neighbor cats, as well as prevent unwanted kittens. I hope that he heals well.

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Tobi
moggie
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggitatied

I have stood on my cat’s paw and now he won’t walk with his paw, he also won’t bring out his claws when stretching, on the other hand he’ll play fight fine with the injured paw, any advice on what to do with him, I do not want to stress him out by taking him to the vets for a check up as he’s not to good with vet visits?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the paw, I cannot determine the severity of the injury; generally when the weight of a human is placed on a paw it can cause a variety of different issues. You should keep Tobi rested for the time being and visit your Veterinarian regardless if there is no improvement or he is vocalising his pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
British Domestic Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Yesterday, I noticed my cat limping when he was walking, and he refused to let his front left leg touch the ground. I just checked his paws today, and found that the pawpad had some wounds on it, and it was more pinlk-coloured compared to the other pawpads, which were peach-coloured. I do have an elder cat, who's two years old, and they both do, occasionally, fighg, so it may be a result of his paw being bitten, but I'm not sure. He was fine with letting my mom clean his paw with baby wipes, and didn't show much discomfort. A few days ago, his paw came under my foot twice, but he didn't appear to be hurt when I checked.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Chester is limping because of the wounds, they may heal with time and gentle cleaning. If he has injured himself otherwise, he may not heal without medical help. Without seeing him, I can't determine what might be going on, but if his limping continues for more than a couple of days, or seems to be getting worse, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian.

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Ruby
Calico/Tabby
5 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Paw licking
Holding paw up

My cat is holding her paw up when she sits, and licking her footpad a lot. She can walk just fine and it doesnt feel warm. She hates people touching her paws so I struggled to get a good look at her paw but from the looks of it I dont see anything visiblely wrong with it. Im not sure if she needs to go to the vet or if I can wait it out and see.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Ruby is an indoor cat, and didn't have any obvious injury, you may be fine waiting 24 hours to see if things resolve. If she is an outdoor cat, and the problem is not better by tomorrow, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian.

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Willow
Blue Tortie
14 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying
Limping
restlessness

Hi, my cat came in from playing outside and I noticed she was holding her back leg up and limping. She has about a half an inch cut on her heal, I washed it with saltwater and she mioawed in pain. I'm thinking she may have an injury higher up due to the impact (i suspect she hurt herself jumping out of a tree) She grazed her foot before, but didn't show any signs of discomfort so I just kept her in till it healed. Could I do the same for this? I'm keeping an eye on her, and will go to the vets tomorrow if shes still limping. I'm just so worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Willow’s paw, I cannot determine how severe or deep the injury may be; you should keep her inside, clean the wound with a dilute antiseptic twice per day and put a dab of Neosporin on it if you’re sure she won’t lick it off. You should however have your Veterinarian take a look to check the depth of the wound and to determine if any additional care is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Callum, this was really helpful. I went to the vets and they prescribed her loxicom, although I've had to stop it as she was sick! She is still limping a little bit but she seems a lot better. Thank you :)

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Stella
tabby
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Infection
Pain,
pus

I just got a kitten from a neighbor who found her in the median of a busy highway. She appears to be 5-6 weeks old. Tonight we witnessed her using her box but not using her front paw for support. After checking her paw, it appears to have the top layer peeling back from the foot pad. A check of all of her paws shows likely roadrash on all feet. The peeling footpad has a spot of pus forming on one side. What can we use on her until we can get her in to see our vet? She is in pain with walking, using her litter box, and having it gently inspected by us. She is constantly trying to lick the paw. At this point we have put Neosporin on a bandaid and wrapped the wound to keep litter out of it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep the paw clean by bathing with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin (as you are doing), take care when wrapping the paw as owners tend to wrap too tight which may lead to blood pooling and swelling. You should visit a Veterinarian as soon as you can to flush out the pus cavity and to get a course of antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Stella's momma again. She's doing well now. Soaking her foot twice daily in the diluted antiseptic was all that was needed. She healed from her injury in less than 2 weeks. She's a crazy, well-adjusted, active little kitty now. The injured paw & toe pads turned pink (they were black), but no adverse effects from her injury remain. Thank you again for your advice!

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Bella
Himalayan
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

her bone is shown

hello
I've had a new born cat. She lost her foot because of the umbilical cord. Now she is a beautiful kitten with no foot. How can I support her to walk normally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is really a case of letting Bella work this out on her own, however if there was a partial amputation and she is attempting to use the stump it may impede her progress. You should monitor her and have your Veterinarian check her as there is no real quick fix here. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cody
American Shorthair
15 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

I noticed blood on one of my cat's front paws and after examining it,noticed that he had rubbed off a small scab on one of his toe pads. Other than bleeding, the scab appears to be hanging on the pad. I wrapped a gauze around his paw and held it for about ten minutes and the bleeding seemed to stop. I don't have any money for a vet, so what can I do at home to treat him. He is 15 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to ensure that the wound is kept clean and free of debris (especially after a trip to the litter tray); bathing regularly with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin to the wound would help, you should also place a cone on Cody to prevent licking or biting. If you wrap the paw, make sure it isn’t too tight as blood may pool in the paw increasing blood pressure there causing further bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shizabelle
Tortushell
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Holding up paw and swelling
Holding up paw

My cat has been off for a couple of days and when I picked her up for a cuddle she hissed at me then I have notice dher paw is swollen and she keeps holding it up...she won't let me touch it...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for paw swelling which may include sprains, other trauma, foreign objects, lymph pooling, insect bites among other causes; you should carefully examine the paw for any puncture wounds, cuts etc… and give her plenty of rest (restricting movement to a cat carrier may help). However, if there are no improvements or the swelling gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sushi
Ragdoll
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My kitty is a bit mischievous and decided to get himself up on that high shelf in the kitchen above the cabinets and knock down a ceramic coffee mug. When he jumped down he must have landed on a piece of the broken coffee mug and has a cut in the middle of one of his front pads. It only bled for a few minutes and he let me inspect and clean it but he’s clearly having discomfort. He is already on antibiotics for a UTI so I was told he should heal fine in time especially with antibiotics on board already. I’m also using larger pellet kitty litter made from recycled newspaper and keeping the box as clean as I can. Is there anything else I should be doing? I feel so bad that he’s so uncomfortable, I hope he heals quickly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like you’re doing everything that you can to help the injury heal faster, it is just important to ensure that the wound is kept clean especially after a trip to the litter tray and to give Sushi plenty of rest. Monitor it during the weekend and you should see some improvement in the wound size of the coming week, if you have concerns visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tom
Unsure
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

Hi my cat has recently been fighting with my other cat so I don't know if he's been clawed. He usually goes out and I recently saw his back paw pad skin peeling off him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Tom, I don't have any way to see what sort of injury might be happening to him, but the skin will peel off foot pads if they are infected, traumatized, burnt, or injured. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian since he does go outside, and any number of things may have happened. They'll be able to see him, determine what is going on with him, and recommend any treatment that he may need.

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Lady
domestic short hair
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crumbled paw pad

My older cat, I saw her paw pad and it looked very dry. I went to touch it and it crumbled almost. She doesn’t seem like she’s in any pain, she’s just laying down sleeping. But can I do to make sure she doesn’t get an infection??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be going on with Lady's paw pad without seeing her, but that does sound unusual. If it isn't bothering her, seems to be getting better, and doesn't have an odor or discharge, you may be able to monitor it. If it is getting worse, has a discharge or odor, or she is limping or holding the foot up, then she should be seen by a veterinarian to assess what might be going on.

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