Category Archives: sphynx cats

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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When you Own Naked Cats…

You get to sleep with cats under your blankets. You get to deal with cats clawing at your face because you have the sheets pulled up to your head; but they need in.

You get to have the most amazing personal relationship with your cats because they are crazy intelligent boys who will wear you down.

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This is my life; and they control it! More hijinks to come!

 

 

Living with Hairless Cats…

…or as us hairless cat owners say; Nekkid Kitties!.

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It is great fun, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But there are some things you need to know.

  1. They act like dogs
  2. They talk. A LOT
  3. They have to be warm
  4. They sleep under the covers with you (next to skin is what they prefer; they climb in my shirts as soon as I sit down after work).
  5. They have to go to the bathroom with you. And be in the same room when you shower.
  6. They need baths
  7. They need sweaters (that is the BEST part)
  8. They are not outdoor cats (pay that much for a cat; see if you let it outside…)
  9. They eat a lot. A LOT.
  10. They stink when they use the litter box (my cats have made us all exit the house on occasion; no joke!)
  11. You need to trim their nails (please do not declaw….would you like someone ripping out your fingernails?)
  12. They are the most loyal, affectionate friend you will ever find.

Sitting on the heater vent. If there is warm air blowing; that is where they are at!

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