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If a cat has pads on its paws peeling off, this is a sure indication of some internal problems. To prevent the development of a serious illness, the patient should be taken to the doctor as soon as possible.
In fact, there are several possible causes for the skin coming off from cat’s paw pads:
- Improper care.
- Allergic reaction.
- Thermal injury or frostbite.
- Fungal disease.
- Plasmocytic pododermatitis.
Each of these factors comes with its own set of symptoms. When any of those are observed in an animal, the guardian can determine the problem without the help of a veterinarian.
Taking care of an animal means a whole set of measures. Caring does not only mean feeding. Pet should be periodically combed and bathed, domestic individuals are recommended to have their regrow claws cut (especially ingrown). On the other hand, a cat should not have its claws cut if it is permitted to wander outside. In addition, you need to think about whether the pet gets enough vitamins. After all, the deficiency of beneficial elements in the body leads to a decrease in immunity which he is no more able to suppress the activity of spreading bacteria.
Excessive body care can cause allergies. Shampoos and other cosmetics in large quantities do more harm than good. Especially, if a cat has peeling skin on its paw pads, it shouldn’t be bathed at all, at least for some time. A luxurious fur coat stays clean for at least a year from the moment of the last water procedure, if a caudate friend does not leave the premises.
Note!Allergies tend to cause itching and skin flaking. Sneezing, increased tearing and redness of the eyes are also possible.
The symptoms are often relieved as soon as the pet is no longer bathed with shampoo or soap as often as it used to. With deep lesions, an antihistamine should be administered to the cat.
Thermal Injury or Frostbite
Sudden changes in street temperatures adversely affect all life on Earth. Those cats who are used to walking freely outside in any weather often return home with frost-bitten ears and limbs. Moreover, when body temperature drops, the animal cannot not respond in time to the frostbite. This be the case, be sure to warm the affected areas with a cotton swab dipped in warm water or saline. Rubbing the frostbitten pads would not help and there is a risk of causing even more damage.
Those tissues that have undergone frigorism are warmed. But the pet does not look better. On the contrary, the affected surface begins to hurt. Cat’s paw pads begin peeling. You can try to apply to the sore spot medicinal aloe plant juice. Necrosis of tissues rarely occurs with burns. A cat that has scorched its limbs on a hot ring or a battery usually jumps quickly away from the dangerous place. In this situation, it only risks losing the superficial layers of the dermis.
To prevent infection, it is recommended to apply a bandage with an antiseptic. Next, you need to take the pet to the clinic, where, depending on the severity of the lesion, a course of antibiotics will be prescribed, as well as drugs that would block tissue necrosis.
Fungus and Plasmocytic Pododermatitis
Fungal infections are quite commonly found in furred animals. One of the manifestations of the problem is skin peeling off of the pads on the cat’s paws. Different types of fungi manifest themselves with similar symptoms. Not only pads can be affected, pet’s claws also become brittle. Antifungal medication can only be prescribed after the form of the fungus has been accurately established.
A disease that occurs in felines only affects the paw pads. Despite their visible increase, desquamation, the pet does not feel pain. Therefore, in the initial stages, the problem may be overseen by the owner. Pads become then very inflamed, increase to unnatural sizes, turn blue. An infection may center on the tissues, and fingers will be covered with purulent crusts.
The disease has a tendency to go away without special treatment. Therefore, specialists encourage the owners to take a wait-and-see attitude with minor changes in the pads. If the disease develops rapidly, a comprehensive treatment is prescribed, which includes antibiotics, vitamins, systemic glucocorticosteroids.