Pillow Foot and Your Cat

I am into month 3 of dealing with Franklin having Plasma Cell Pododermatitis, or pillow foot. A common ailment in all cats of all breeds, in 46 years of having cats, this is the first time I have ever heard of it, let alone experience it.

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Franklin with his baby socks on to protect his pads. He was not impressed. 

I did not know there was an issue until we got up one morning and there was blood all over his blanket he sleeps in on my bed, as well as the bathroom floor. The large pad on his left front paw got so inflamed that it actually ulcered out, and there was a huge portion of the “meat” now hanging out ☹

He received a steroid shot in November, and just had to return last week for another steroid shot. If it flares up again in the next 6-8 weeks like it did before, he will be put on a liquid antibiotic that he needs daily for 10 weeks.

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This issue has caused my already tiny Franklin to lose some weight. In his defense, Benjamin is a comfortable weight and has never eaten as much as Franklin does. I took this picture on ear cleaning/nail trimming day, before I did either…..

The trip last week was rather eventful, but I will save that story for another day. I was told this could be a lifelong issue I will be dealing with, so I am being very mindful of his diet, as well as soaking his paws a couple times a week for comfort for him. He gets around good, and his appetite is still good, so I know it could definitely be worse.

Have you had a cat with pillow foot? Did you find a treatment that worked?

A website with great information can be found here: WAG

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