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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
0 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Stewart
Unknown
11 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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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Hooters
Shorthaired
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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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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
2 found helpful
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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Dante
Siamese
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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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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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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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Mo
American Shorthair
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

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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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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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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Pumpkin
We don't know
10 Years
Fair condition
-2 found helpful
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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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
0 found helpful
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
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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
0 found helpful
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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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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Stella
tabby
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
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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

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Dave
dsh
1 Year
Moderate condition
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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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Chelsie
Calico
7 Years
Mild condition
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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
2507 Recommendations
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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meeko
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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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
1093 Recommendations
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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