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Dry pads

Cuda89
February 9th, 2011, 09:44 PM
I've noticed that our cat's feet are very dry. Her pads almost appear to be flaky? It looks really dry and she doesn't want me to touch her little toes. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced something like this, or if this warrants a vet visit? Or if there is something that I can put on her little toes. I know that bag balm works wonders for my sisters chinchilla (his ears)... can I apply that?

Cuda89
February 11th, 2011, 09:51 PM
no one?

sugarcatmom
February 11th, 2011, 10:16 PM
I personally wouldn't use Bag Balm on a cat. Most of it will end up being ingested, and the ingredients aren't something I'd feel comfortable letting a cat eat. Maybe we can try to figure out what might be causing the flaky paw pads. What does your cat eat? What kind of litter do you use? What about floor cleaners, etc? Do you see him licking his feet very often?

Cuda89
February 11th, 2011, 11:44 PM
Well, shes very new, we just got her last Saturday. I am in the process of switching her diet to Wellness. The litter isn't very high quality, and we usually use a mild bleach solution on the floors, or something like Mr. Clean... Is there anything better I can use?

sugarcatmom
February 12th, 2011, 10:46 AM
Well, shes very new, we just got her last Saturday.

Congratulations! How old is she? Do you know anything about her background?

I am in the process of switching her diet to Wellness.

:thumbs up Wet or dry? I'm assuming the food she's been eating before she came to you has been a poor quality kibble, so that might be at least part of the problem right there. Perhaps once she's been on a better diet for a while, her skin will also improve.

The litter isn't very high quality,

If it's scented, I would switch to something else as soon as possible. The chemicals used to scent the litter could be irritating or allergenic. You might have to try a few different litters (give her a choice in a couple litter boxes and rotate the selection to see what she prefers), but some of the better ones are plant-based (everything from corn, wheat, pea pods, paper, pine, etc).


and we usually use a mild bleach solution on the floors, or something like Mr. Clean... Is there anything better I can use?

Again, I like to use more natural, unscented products like Seventh Generation Free and Clear All Purpose Cleaner. Vinegar is also good (and the smell does dissipate!).

What's your kitty's name? Got any pics of her yet?

catlover2
February 13th, 2011, 12:11 AM
Dry pads can be a sign of a lack of Omega 3's in the diet. You might try giving cat one water-packed canned sardine once or twice a week.

Cuda89
February 13th, 2011, 06:48 PM
What if I give her a bit of fish oil?

Her name is Pearl, I posted pictures of her last week. Shes a real sweet cat.

catlover2
February 17th, 2011, 01:30 PM
It might work, but do not know how much you should give? You don't want to give too much. Another forum member may know what amount would be safe.