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Caring for Your Cat’s Paws

Cats use their feet for many things—climbing, scratching, landing, and everyday maneuvering. Follow these tips from a Fort Bend veterinary professional to keep your cat’s paws in tip-top shape.

Check Regularly

The easiest way to keep your cat’s paws healthy is to check them every week or so. Clean them if they’re dirty. Look for cuts, scratches, splinters, swelling, or blisters that may need attention. Remove any foreign bodies that are stuck in the fur or between your cat’s toes. Don’t force the object if it doesn’t easily come out. Contact your vet instead.

Provide Scratching Opportunities

Satisfy your cat’s natural urge to scratch by providing a scratching post or other scratching area. This will help keep the sharp edges of your cat’s claws blunted. You can try tempting your cat to use it by sprinkling catnip on the post.

Keep Nails Trimmed

Too long or sharp nails can be painful, and they can more easily get caught or tangled. Trim your cat’s claws regularly with a cat toenail trimmer. Only trim off the tip of the nail—you don’t want to cut the quick of the nail, as it will cause bleeding. Ask your Fort Bend veterinarian for more advice on this, and reference your vet’s advice here.

Protect Paw Pads

In the summer, hot asphalt can burn and blister your cat’s paw pads. Likewise, the winter presents salt, chemicals, and de-icer products that could be uncomfortable for your cat. Avoid these areas and clean your cat’s paws regularly when she comes inside.

Watch for Discomfort

Keep an eye out for signs of stress or discomfort from your cat—a cat that’s obsessively licking or suckling at a paw might be trying to get rid of pain. Limping, favoring a leg, or obvious signs of pain may require veterinary attention—call your vet to set up an appointment.

 

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