Category Archives: Sphynx Cat

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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Bird Watching!

I had to move my bird feeder from my front living room window, because the squirrels just strolled up my front steps and emptied it every day. I moved it to a side living room window with no squirrel access (and I may have greased the pole), but I suddenly have a yard full of birds again.

Benjamin and Franklin finally figured out today that if my bedroom window is open (same side of house), they can climb over my face while I am reading and stalk the birds…

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It’s Finally Happened!

My hairless cats have gotten fleas 😦 I am blaming the rabbit (now-deceased 😦 ). I put a treatment on them, and by the next morning they had nary a flea on them. I washed all the blankets, pillows, anything I could shove in a washer. Sprayed every inch of carpeting with a high quality, non-toxic spray that did the trick.

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And then two days later…..here comes two tiny little fleas on each cat. I kid you not; 2 on each cat. I pull them off and kill them (the fleas, not the cats!) and later, two more fleas. This issue of twin-fleas-on-each-of-my-cats has been going on for days. It’s like the fleas know I am allergic to them, and are torturing me by not letting me be able to let my cats in my bedroom to snuggle with me and keep me warm under the sheets.

I don’t know what to do next, but these fleas will be extracted from my house, and my cats, before the upcoming weekend is over.

I have been a big ball of angry-depressed-no-motivation and have been literally going to bed as soon as I get home from work, and staying there until I have to get up the next day and go back to work. I need my kitties with me!

Gotta love the stupid time change that makes is dark before 5:30 pm each night. I go through this bullshit every single year.

Any great ideas for flea removal above and beyond the chemical treatment method?