I've had two vets look at my cat's paws, so this is not an emergency. I just want to see if anyone
out there has cats with this... it would be reassuring.
I got my kitten when he was 11 weeks old. He's 8 months old now. He had this problem already when I got him.
The first vet I asked about it was the one who vaccinate him. She told me she only very rarely saw this, and always in elderly cat. She told me that it would probably go away through normal activity (running around, scratching) and suggested some scratching toys and a scratching post.
The second vet I asked about this was our regular vet. I had my kitten tested for kidney problems due to the fact that he had eaten about five or six pouches of the recalled food (luckily he had never liked them). This was about two weeks ago. The vet told me he has NEVER seen a young cat with this amount of growth on the paws, but that there wasn't much that could be done about it.
I've tried clipping these things (they are dry/flaky inside, like a callus or just dry dead skin), but they grow right back very quickly. And it's impossible to clip them off completely, so there seems to be no point.
I don't know why this bugs me so much. I guess just the fact that it seems to be so unusual that even the vets have no experience with it.
He uses the scratching post and is very active in general, but it doesn't help.
He has this on ALL of his paws, on all the pads including the big one in the middle of the paw. They're slightly smaller on the hind feet.
Here's a picture. Isn't it awful? My poor mutated kitty.