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Purred by: Simba (Catster Member)

August 18th 2009 at 5:17 am

great picture very artistic if i may say
Purred by: ♥ Tasha ♥ (Catster Member)

August 18th 2009 at 12:04 pm

Hi Simba! I have been diagnosed with Plasma Cell Pododermatitus- also called "Pillow Paw". My paw pads swelled up and were really squishy feeling. Mom took me to the vet and the medicine made them shrink to a point where they do not bother me. Keep your paws crossed for me that they stay shrunken!

xoxoxo Tasha
Purred by: Diamond (Catster Member)

August 26th 2009 at 2:33 pm

Does it hurt when your paws are like that? And does it happen? Is it a bacteria?
Purred by: ♥ Tasha ♥ (Catster Member)

August 26th 2009 at 3:54 pm

Hi Diamond! The first vet we went to did not know what was wrong. She felt that it was painful for Tasha and prescribed "meloxicam"- the catch was that meloxicam can cause renal failure very quickly in cats. We decided that it was not worth the risk and did not give her any. We took pics of her paws and emailed them to every vet in my area asking if they knew what it was. We quickly received a response from an "all cat" vet in our area (City Kitty). We made an appointment and I learned that it is not actually painful- but that it can feel like the kitty's foot is asleep. This made sense to me as Tasha was acting normally, but occasionally holding a paw up. One of the problems is that the paw pad is so swollen it can ulcerate- which would be awful. In fact many people do not realize there is a problem until they see little bloody paw prints. It is not known what causes it exactly- but it is an "inflammation involving infiltration by plasma cells". There also may be a link to FIV- Tasha is negative for FIV.

xoxoxo Tasha's mom
Purred by: Bug Bug (Catster Member)

September 4th 2009 at 9:31 am

Oh, poor kitty! Much POP for you!
Purred by: Pigeon - misses you! :( (Catster Member)

September 4th 2009 at 2:29 pm

Awhhhh...poor baby! :(
Purred by: ♥Kally Kat♥ (Catster Member)

September 9th 2009 at 3:23 pm

Tasha sweet litta lady, Are yur paws betta now? I can kiss dem all furr yu, how's dat sound?

Meowmy's always is kissing my paws, smooch, smooch!

Hugs & smoochies furr yew,
Kally Kat ♥♥
Purred by: beth

September 17th 2009 at 8:33 am

I stumbled across this when doing a search about plasma cell pododermatitis. My cat is having these problems and that was the diagnosis after the biopsy. I ended up taking him to a kitty dermatologist that thought it was an allergy issue. Nothing has worked to reduce the inflamation. The one difference is that my cats paws are swollen and firm, not soft. Did the vet you talked to say anything about that possibility? My poor cat has been like this since April and I really want to figure out what is going on.
Purred by: Jack Kayden -love always (Catster Member)

November 4th 2009 at 12:13 am

When mommy was working at a pet hospital she remembered seeing this in the doctor's books. The book had talked about treating with steroids. We hope that you get better Tasha, its not fun to have a paw asleep!
Purred by: ♥ Tasha ♥ (Catster Member)

November 4th 2009 at 9:21 am

Thanks Jack! My paws have been pretty good- I am very lucky that they responded well to the medications (doxycyline & prednisolone). Mommy checks my paws all the time ;)

xoxoxo Tasha
Purred by: Simba (Catster Member)

November 11th 2009 at 2:05 pm

aww tasha i'm so sorry i missed you werer having health problems. my mom has been doing alot reading about natural/holistic healing for humans & animals. if your interested i can give you more info.
Purred by: Preston (Catster Member)

January 14th 2010 at 8:58 am

Wows, that looks uncomfortable! I hopes and prays that it doesn't come back for you!

Licks and purrs,
Preston
Purred by: Pete DB #117 (Catster Member)

January 24th 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hi Tasha, I hope your paws are much better now. Sorry I didnt see this earlier last year. I will be purring for your paws to get better.
(((healing hugs))) Pete
Purred by: Kisu (Catster Member)

March 30th 2010 at 11:56 am

Awwww poor Tasha honey... we didnt know you had this till today mom was playing around catster..
it looks so uncomfortable !! :(
Will purr for you daily and in hopes that you get better.
Purred by: SHARIF 1996-2012 (Catster Member)

June 18th 2010 at 6:55 am

Hi Tasha! I'm Morticia's Meezer brofur. She took me into the vet this morning 'cause my left front paw was swollen but I'm not showing any signs of pain, I'm just limping slightly. I hope I don't have what you have! MomKatt's written down all the info you posted so she's hoping it is a problem that will be easily fixed.
Purred by: River (Catster Member)

August 15th 2010 at 12:45 pm

Oh nose, I hope your little feet don't hurt too much. I sure hope it gets much better. I'll send some good purrs to you to keep it better!
Purred by: Kath U

January 30th 2011 at 12:50 pm

Your Poor Paw. Looks Really Uncomfortable. Wishing You A Speedy Recovery.
Love
Chloe & Rachael xx
Purred by: Lola (Catster Member)

May 11th 2011 at 8:36 pm

Didn't know there was such a thing as Plasma Cell Pododermatitus. Does Tasha still have to take meds or is it something that is cured with meds and time?
Thanks for sharing your story.