Hello there, it’s feline editor Clyde here with another Black Cats Tell All Monday.
This week I tell all about Pillow Foot. No, it’s not the name of a cat. And I share the love for Pet Animal Welfare Society or PAWS the shelter in Norwalk, Conn. It’s where I was adopted as a kitten 19 years ago and surrendered back there at age 16. Luckily, I was only there for a few months and landed a new life here with my new cat mom, Layla and dad, Joe. Any cat or dog who winds up at PAWS has a better than average chance of being adopted thanks to their exemplary programs and staff.
You never know who you might meet there. Look at this charcoal nugget sitting on my book in the PAWS office Ellen, the adoption coordinator. Thanks for the pic. Maggie is a volunteer and meowvelous illustrator who blogs about the shelter.
My fellow black cats and tuxie cats need all the help we can get which is why we’re featuring adorable adoptable, Treasure.
I’ve been doing pretty good all things considered. There was the recent marathon howl session in the car. Yes, for a dignified old gentleman of 19, I howl like a banshee nonstop to the vet. I’m perfectly fine once I get there and appreciate of the loving care from PAWS. When you get old, anything can shift quickly which is why it’s important to have regular check-ups with diagnostic tests. I’d been drooling more than usual so it was no surprise to learn I need extensive dental. Sigh, I’d much appreciate donations to us or directly to PAWS. With my three older and special needs fursibs, our vet bills are challenging these days. There is a PayPal button near in our sidebar or near the end on mobile.
My test results arrived last week and again nothing shocking. Things could be a lot worse with diabetes and CKD at my age. It looks like I might have pancreatitis again and my phosphorous is up. More than ever, my mom is evaluating the importance of a good diet for prevention or management of many feline diseases and conditions. You are what you eat, right?
We highly recommend finding cat food with low phosphorous even if you’re healthy. It’s never too late to find out what’s really in your cat food. Check out the extensive list and handy PDF from Dr. Lisa from Catinfo. org
Keeping a cat’s immune system strong is key and diet plays an important role. Have you ever heard of Pillow Foot? Neither had I but Layla who has an auto-immune disorder understands the delicate and difficult task of balance. Pillow Foot or Pillow Paw is Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis, an auto-immune condition that our featured adoptable Treasure has. It’s being controlled with meds and diet. With Pillow Foot, the pads are infiltrated by plasma cells, a type of white blood cell or immune system cell that secretes antibodies in response to an infection.
While Pillow Foot is rare, it’s always wise to check your cat’s paws for signs of swelling, cracks or bruising from other causes. This photo of Odin who has the healthy paws of an active indoor/outdoor cat. Note: It’s easier to spot a cut or crack on pink paw pads than dark gray or black ones.
Like all auto-immune conditions it has no definitive cause and can be frustrating to treat, but they are all inflammatory. Any disease that ends in “itis” like arthritis, dermatitis, stomatitus, conjunctivitis causes swelling or inflammation. In examining bloodwork, elevated lymphocytes are a tip off that the body is fighting something immune-related. My lymphocytes are elevated because of my periodontal disease.
With Pillow Foot the cats’ paws pads become puffy and tender. It can be painful to walk and tends to be cyclical like all auto-immune disorder with flare-ups. The spongy paw pads may cause limping in some cats but not all. The triggers can be stress, vaccine exposure, chemicals in the environment and food allergies. There can be spontaneous healing or life long treatment. It’s impossible to predict we’re big believers in a non-invasive and holistic approach beginning with diet, according to the individual cat’s needs.
There are holistic options like probiotics, homeopathy and feeding as clean a diet as possible like raw. The fewer the ingredients or additives the better. Check the ingredients on cat food label. If a cat can tolerate their feet getting wet, a warm Epsom salt foot bath can be soothing. You can find out more about Treasure from our friends who have met her Animal Shelter Volunteer blogspot
Treasure deserves a wonderful home as does this black beauty at PAWS.
This lovely young pantherette is Ahjha. I’d never heard of that name before and apparently it means welcoming in Arabic. Isn’t she darling? She has the same shy eyes like I did when I was a resident there. Ah, to be a youngster again. She hopefully has a long and happy life ahead.
Interested in our book? Take advantage of our end of summer sale. Until next time, love black cats.
P.S. My fursibs are active on social this week (IG stories) and maybe we’ll post a new video here.