My Cat's Paw Pad Is Raw And Won't Heal-been A Long Time, Why?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It might be feline progressive histiocytosis. My cat has had exactly the same problem over the past 9 months (again, tried antibiotics and steroids to no avail)It could also be an autoimmune condition (this was our vet's first idea)--don't know the exact name for it, but she called it
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ray of light answered
The cats and dogs develop callus to protect from injury. This callus is damaged by walking on the rough surfaces in few pets. This can lead to tear in the callus which can lead to infection. The allergic reactions on the paw can cause itching so the cat can lick her paw for longer times and the paw become wet, sore and raw. Liver diseases also cause cracks in the paw and zinc deficiency is also responsible. I advise you to take your cat to vit dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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Anonymous answered
Has the vet considered a fungal infection? My cat has recently had ring worm, which is a fungal infection (not actually a worm) and it causes raw, scaling skin. It seems to have effected his paw pads, so maybe it's worth looking into.
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Anonymous answered
My cat has been to a vet a week ago for bleeding in between her pad of paw.
It will stop bleeding almost completely. I've been putting on peroxide and neosporin and it stopped bleeding for two days and looked good. However, on third day, she licked it excessively after peroxide and neosporin and it started to bleed slightly again.

Any ideas what could be wrong?
thanked the writer.
Jacki Tigg Mathis
Do not use peroxide on your cat. it actually encourages bleeding, and it will make kitty sicker. Just use the neosporin, and it should clear up a lot quicker. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Anonymous answered
There is clearly an underlying disease process that has not been found yet.  Cats can develop callouses but they should not be uncomfortable and unable to walk on their pads.  I recommend having x-rays taken to assess the foot further.  This will tell us if there is a deep bony infection (can be fungal or bacterial), screen for fractures, and bony tumors.
If the x-rays are normal it is time to sedate your cat to explore the area surgically to search for a foreign body present and take a biopsy.
Bloodwork should be run prior to anesthesia to ensure a safe anesthetic event and to make sure there is no problem with the internal organs etc that could be related.
There are veterinary dermatologists that are a great resource as well.
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I have cats, and I've run into a similer problem,  there is only one thing that I can suggest. It's not easy, I'll tell you now. Epsom's salt mixed in water, soak it for 5 min. Twicw a day. If you can't soak it's foot, the only other thing I can suggest that really works, is to get some mylanta and some destined (baby diaper rash med.), and mix it into a paste, and put it on the pad twice a day, but you need to keep it wrapped still for this, and within 2-3 days, you will see the improvement.
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Starla Hall answered
My cat Sophie had a paw that took a long time to heal after getting her nails clipped at the vet last year. She was fine until a month ago when I noticed she had lumps on her feet. At first it was just on place on one of her toes that looked like she was losing her fur. It looked like a big, fat, tick (but it wasn't, it was her foot.)  Then I noticed a place on the side of her face, and one on her tail. I took her to a vet who diagnosed her with a yeast infection. She was put on Clindamycin, a steroid, a vitamin and fungal spray for her feet for a month. When I took her back to the vet, she had two more lumps on her face and one on her tail. The vet suggested surgery to remove a couple of the lesions so they could be sent for biopsy. I went to another vet for a second opinion. Using local anesthesia he removed the largest lump on her face and the first one (largest one) on her foot, and sent them to Auburn University for histiopathology. The result was FELINE PROGRESSIVE HISTIOCYTOSIS, of which there is no cure and all treatments have been unsuccessful resulting in eventual euthanasia. Not good news, and not what I was hoping to hear from the vet today.

ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
This can be due to a  tear or injury in the callus.  The allergic reactions
on the paw can cause itching so the cat lick her paw for long times and the paw become wet, sore and raw. Liver diseases also cause
cracks in the paw and zinc deficiency is also responsible. I advise you
to take your cat to vit for proper diagnosis and
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ann howry answered
My question is my cat has dry paw pads she cleans them a lot mainly the front ones, I am wondering what  I mop the floor with could be affecting her or even the fresh step litter. Right now she has  one that is very sore and is bleeding. And a closer look all of her paws are dry and swollen she is on iams the pink bag.  What do you think could be her problem?  More than likley  I will take her to a vet.  And I am also wondering could this be gentic?  Thank you Ann
Jacki Tigg Mathis Profile

I think if you have taken the kitty to the vet by now, then you would have your answer. But if you haven't, use neosporin and try to do some sort of bandaging that the cat can't pull off. (It doesn't usually work.) keep it clean and keep applying the neosporin. Good luck to you.

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Moe Pence answered
That sounds like an infection has started in the pad, and really does need to be looked at by a vet.  If you cannot see one right away, you might want to keep an eye on it, maybe wash it down a couple of times a day with hydrogen peroxide.  If the boil or cyst breaks, make sure you wash it out really well with the peroxide to clean away the germs and infection, and see if you can possibly make some kind of bandage to put against it (with a sock over it) to keep it clean.  If it gets worse (swollen, hot, redder), you will definitely need to try and find a vet that will work with you on the fees, as you don't want your pet to end up with the infection spreading up the leg.  I do wish you well with this, and hope you can get it healed quickly.
Hope that helps you out.

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