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Old 09-25-2005, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The last couple days Moby has been limping, not walking on his front foot. I've been extremely busy, and hadn't gotten ahold of him to hold him down and look at his paw (he's quite aggresive about his underside).

I know that sounds bad not looking for so long, but all my previous cats when limping just ended up landing on their foot wrong or something and it went away so I didn't think too much of it. He's always chasing Julia around is a bit heavy so it seemed quite possible it was just a playing to hard kind of thing.

But I managed to sneak a peak this morning while he was sleeping next to me and there appears to be a scab/wart type thing on his "main" paw pad. Is it typical for cats to get warts? Or is this a sign of something else? I'll try to take a picture but given Moby's defensive nature that could be hard.

As a sidenote, it doesn't seem to affect him any, personality wise. He still runs around and stuff like normal, but when walking or standing he keeps his weight off it.
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does it seem to be solid or fluid-filled? My only guess is an abcess.
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Old 09-25-2005, 07:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmmmm....doesn't sound like an abcess, then, does it? I'm stumped.

Ah hah ... a quick Google brought up an article that looks interesting. See once if this sounds like what you're dealing with:

http://www.vetinfo4cats.com/cfoot.html

Also came across this term: pododermatitis, which I don't think quite fits your description, but might be worth some research. One article:

http://www.labanimal.com/laban/journal/ ... 03-24.html

I hope it's nothing serious, because I don't think the above articles will give you much comfort, so I hope they're more useful in ruling OUT the conditions described.
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Old 09-25-2005, 07:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Don't feel bad about not looking right away. Kitties are known for healing themselves.

My cat Squirrel had a scab like sore on his front paw that would not heal and ruptured. We finally took him to the vet (see, I did the same thing).

It turns out he has a rare skin disorder (sorry, I can't recall the name. I'd know it if I heard it). It attacks the area where the skin joins with the mucus membrane.

He has to get steroid shots once a month for awhile. Check your kitty's other paws. If they look swollen or have similar scab or wart like growths, that may be what's wrong.

Either way, a vet trip is probably in order.
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Old 09-25-2005, 09:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't rule out abcess to quickly Tim!
Korbel had an abcess the size of a walnut on her tail. It was a closed abcess and it was rock-hard! I took her into the vet and they drained it.
I think the only way you'll know for sure with Moby is a trip to the vet.

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Squirrel's already been diagnosed and is receiving treatments. I was just suggesting that this might be what's wrong with this kitty. I deeply hope not.
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Squirrel's already been diagnosed and is receiving treatments. I was just suggesting that this might be what's wrong with this kitty. I deeply hope not.
Opps wrong name. I looked up in the posts while writing my post for the name of the cat. That should be Moby, not Squirrel.......
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Old 09-25-2005, 11:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Jennifer's right, of course, Craig. It needs a look-see by a vet. I hope it's something easy, like an abcess. But keep us updated on what you find out.
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