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Bubba's paw is infected again. It seems to randomly come and go, and when it comes .. it STINKS Sick. Anything he touches with that paw stinks like it too. He's constantly licking at it, and it'll sometimes get to the point where he'll even start limping on it when he walks, and when he sits he'll hold it off the ground. I've snapped a few pix of it for reference; you can see it's around the top of his main paw pad, and the top of the pad is also a bit red (and possibly even a little swollen). Looks like it's too far down to be an overly-long claw. Not sure why or where he keeps getting this ... anyone have any tips to patch him all up? (Other than "take him to the vet", that's next on the agenda if home treatment doesn't help soon).

 
How do I cure an infected cat paw?

 

How can I cure my cat's infected paw?

 

Apparently, I've annoyed him by breaking out the camera for these pix ...

 

Home remedy for an infected cat paw?

 

... especially when I used the flash on the camera for a better shot ....

 

Home remedies for an infected cat paw?

 

Home cure for an infected cat paw?

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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

My cat has the same problem I believe. The first time we thought he had cut himself right along the top of his pad. We took him to the vet, got it cleaned out and got some antibiotics. However this has continued to happen to nearly every paw, in rotation. It is painful for him and he limps around because of it and is always cleaning it. We are taking him to the vet again on payday. Just wanted to see what you found about yours though. I know it's been about 3 years since you posted...but if you read this please let me know what you found Smile

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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

The post is only a little over 6 months old, we don't display the thread dates here so that people aren't discouraged from posting on "old threads", like most forums like to do. I never really understood that line of thought. Smile

The vet said it wasn't any kind of infection, but probably some sort of allergic reaction or irritation, and just like when people get a rash from something like that and keep scratching at it which worsens it, cats do too, so it was getting that way. Possibly from something like floor cleaning chemicals (Swifter-like things), or maybe when the cat litter clumps up and the rocks in it get "sharp / pointy", or maybe lawn chemicals, etc. It still happens to Bubba, in fact right now it's on his right-rear foot. Haven't figured out the exact source of the issue yet, but apparently it's at least not an infection, so that's a little bit of a relief to know. Wink



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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

It is most likely something called pillow pad.

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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

I have the same problem, only worse. My cat has chewed his back paws till their bloody, and one is swollen and crusty, with pretty much no hair on it at all. He also tries to incessantly bite at an area that appears to be side of belly. This drives him so crazy he will sometimes urinate while trying to get to it. I have scars from trying to pick him up. I'm worried about him but can't afford a vet. Can anyone help me help him? Please feel free to also email me directly at {email address removed} as well. Thanks so much!

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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

Hi Steve,

I'm wondering if your cat has an allergy, making his paws itch. Have you tried changin the brand of kitty litter? Maybe something in it is irritating his paws. Or even start looking for other places he might be walking that could cause it? Also, allergies can just manifest in the hands/feet sometimes, just like in people. I had a CAT Scan once (the irony) with contrast; apparently I have an allergy to the contrast that I was unaware of until afterward, and for days after that, my feet were ridiculously itchy and rashy.

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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

Literally the same thing. His paw isn't swollen but it is almost as though it's rotting at the nailbed. It hadn't started until he was hit by a vehicle and for a little while lost the use of his back legs. He's healed but I think it's got something to do with the circulation. He isn't allergic to anything and I know it's not the litter (we don't use it-he just goes in or out). It does have a horrific odor though.

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Re: My Cat's Paw is Infected - How To Cure It?

1. BLEACH - DONT wash your floors, or any kitchen,bathroom or any other areas with bleach. Bleach DOES NOT kill germs or bacteria, it just makes them look white so you cant see them.
Cats paws are very delicate and absorb moisture.
Test this yourself= splash a little bleach on your shower floor and tread on it. See how quickly the bottom of your foot gets maddeningly itchy.
2. DONT BUY BLEACH, its useless.
3. If you have used bleach, or any cleaning product that contains bleach WASH ALL SURFACES with WHITE VINEGAR. Dont dilute it. And DONT use the same mop you used the bleach with. Using a towel is ok.
You should wash each surface twice.
And remember your cat leaps onto all surfaces, and may even bat the wall tiles if theres a fly or moth or shadow on it.
Leave the white vinegar on the surface, you dont need to wash it away.

If you arent able to get to a vet, mix plain household disinfectant in water. Hold your cat and dunk the whole foot into the mix.
You can use a coffee cup, or mixing bowl. Note I have had a fair few coffee cups knocked over.
NOTE: your cat will not like this and it is painful. You only need to dip it until the whole paw is wet, not hold it in there. 3 seconds is enough.
Do this TWICE a day until the cat is walking ok. The cat is usually putting their foot back on the floor in less than 2 days. Continue every day until you are able to apply light pressure to the foot without the cat "telling you" its still painful, or you can see the wound is gone. 5-7 days.
IF your cat is especially gnarly, you can wrap them in a towel before dunking, or in extreme cases you can add the disinfectant/water mix into a bathtub or similar and lower the whole cat in and let them jump out.
I recommend wearing long sleeved something...
You can also add the mix to a water sprayer bottle, or a childs water pistol, and take opportunity shots while the paw is "displayed"
after a day or two the swelling will go down, the pain will reduce and then you can dip a finger in the solution and wipe it between the toes.

You can also use:
Strepsils throat spray. It contains an anasethic and an anti bacterial and cures infections, so the cat gets pain relief. But be warned, this spray makes a hissing sound, which the cat wont like.
SM 33 - this also has pain relief but you'll need to apply it with a cotton bud, and I DONT like your chances.

If your cats problem is not bleach, it could simply be dermititus that has become infected, or an allergy.
It really doesnt matter, the cat needs pain relief and a cure.

Please note your cats temperature and go to a vet if you need to. My cats foot swelled to her shoulder, all the muscles cramped and locked and she was near screaming in twisted agony.

I love my cat.
DONT USE BLEACH!

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