One of my kittens, Motley, has really dry feet. They're peeling and sometimes they will crack and bleed a little. It never seems to hurt him though. We've tried changing litter and natural pine type litters help his feet a little but the litter just doesn't work good on odor.. with 4 cats it can get quite stinky.
Any idea what is causing his feet to do that? Could it be the fragrances or something? We've tried 5 different litters in the past few months and only the pine one made his feet a little better.
Can I put some type of lotion or oil on his little feet? Thanks!
Please don't tell me to get rid of my animals because I abuse them or some stupid crap.. I love my babies and I'm just looking for a easier route to help with his little tootsies.
If you're taking the time to notice changes in your cats feet and try 5 diferent litters, you can't be a bad mom. I just had to flip my 3 little girls over and look at their feet just to make sure they look ok. I'm assuming these are indoor cats if you're concerned about odor? Keeping them indoors is another reason we wouldn't assume you're bad over here in the cat forum. Cats can be allergic to a lot of things that would cause skin reactions including foods but if the pine litter seemed to help, then that does sound like it's litter related. I totally agree that the pine is not good for odors. I would stay away from anything that's dusty and perfumey. Clumping litter sticks to paws so probably not a good idea. Unfortunately all these things are exactly what a multi cat owner needs to use to help with odor. Not sure what you've tried but I can save you some litter money and tell you Swheat scoop does nothing for odor (and my girls hated it)and A&H Odor Alert is extrememly dusty. Tidy Cats Multi Cat in the yellow bucket with turquoise on the label seems to me to have low dust but it is a clumping litter. It's my choice over all that I have tried. I'm thinking that you could rub some vitamin E oil on his paws to soothe and heal them. It's tough because he's going to lick off anything you put on his paws.
Thanks for replying. :D Yes, all my babies are indoor kitties. They're eating Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken Meal & Rice.. They were on the Eagle Pack kitten formula and Motley's little lips started breaking out, so we switched them to the food they're on now and got them stainless steel bowls. He was either allergic to something in the food or the plastic bowls.. his face is cleared up now. He's my problem child, lol.
Could I put some type of socks on his feet to keep the lotion on? LOL, he would be so cute with little socks on.
Tallulah (one of my other kittens) doesn't like the dusty litter, it makes her nose run and she'll sneeze a lot if she gets into it. Right now we're using one of the Arm & Hammer kinds. It works really good on odor and clumps great but it's really dusty and Motley's feet are breaking out again. I wish there was a pine litter that clumped and helped with odor!!
I'm hoping he will grow out of it.. We'd have to go back to using pine litter. Yuck.
Hee hee...socks! I'd like to see a picture if you try that. LOL The first time I even put a collar on my Bailey she walked around backwards for 30 minutes trying to get out of it. When they were spayed, the vet tech suggested that if they picked at their stitches I could put a baby t-shirt on them. Yeah, right!! I'm thinking that vet tech doesn't own a cat.
This might sound weird, but you could put a good dollop of zinc baby diaper rash cream on each foot, and then put the socks on. If you know their toilet habits, you might even succeed in leaving them on all night. I had this issue once, and I started mixing peat moss into the litter, making it much less tough on my cat's feet. It worked like a charm. The only thing it messed up a bit was the clumping effect, but that did'nt bother me. Good luck.
I had a cat with this problem. It wasn't an allergic reaction in my case, just the "drying" quality of the clumping litter making naturally dry pads worse. I found that this stuff called "Butt Paste" worked really well on them. Walmart carries it in the baby section. It is a great ointment. I couldn't keep socks on her. I tried but she hated them. I just used the ointment 2-3 times a day and it helped a lot.
I wanna see pics if you get the kitty in some socks!!!
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
i know there is a balm for dogs pads to keep them moisturized and help with dry cracking problems( sorry the name escapes me) petsmart carries it maybe the have something for cats or you can use it on them also...good luck