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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Dry paw pads

I noticed that both my cats' paw pads have gotten quite dry lately (I can see little white lines all over the pads, looks like when a person has dry skin). I recently switched to clay litter, and winter has brought much drier air, so I'm guessing one or both of those may be related to the dry paw pads. Their paws did not look like this a month ago when it was a little less dry and they used corn-based litter.

Do cats need any kind of moisturizer for dry pads or would a humidifier help? Or is this completely normal?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 11:15 PM
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It's quite dry here too and I also use corn litter... My cats paw pads are very soft. I wonder if it could be the litter.

I doubt it's a medical concern but I have to wonder about cracking. I read that olive oil is good to rub on them. It's not harmful so if they lick it off, it won't be a big deal. I think some people give EVOO for hairballs actually.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 07:57 AM
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I suggest Bag Balm.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by doodlebug View Post
I suggest Bag Balm.
My grandfather used to use this on his hands after working in the garden all day long. My sister and I thought it was so disgusting because of the fact that it was for cows. Whenever we were misbehaving, he'd pull out the bag balm and threaten to rub it all over us!

Anecdote aside, this stuff is seriously awesome for soothing dry and chapped skin and is animal safe (even if it is a disgusting consistency)

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