Q: HELP my cat has dry cracking paws!!!

April 28, 2009 | By Tamara W. | 8 answers | Expired: 2025 days ago

Tamara W.

I was wondering if anyone knew why or what to do about my cat's dry paws. He eats science diet, and his labwork is great last time it was checked (this month) so he is not sick. I know it is dry in here, my skin is dry too but I can't use lotion on my cat! PLEASE help me! He is so uncomfortable with them and he hates to run around too much because of it. Thanks :D

Readers' Answers (8)
Mary  L.

Apr 29, 2009

It is normal for this to happen. There are many reasons. Most commonly it's because of some kitty litter (especially the ones with deoderizers) will wick the moisture right out of the cats tissue on their paws, sharp edged stones that they have been walking over and extremely hot or cold weather and ice. The important thing to know is that your cat DOES NOT have to suffer from cracked paws. There is a product called "Musher's Secret" which can be purchased on Amazon.com for $16.50 for a large tub. It will last a really long time. It is the best thing on the market to protect your cats paws. It should be used by all pet owners. It was manufactured originally for the dogs of the Iditerod and it will work for you. I can guarantee you it will work. Please at least try it. IT WORKS!!

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Apr 28, 2009

You can use neosporin, or bag balm. Rub it in gently twice daly for 2 weeks and keep him inside if you don't already. If the condition persists, check with you vet about an rx gel or cream, cracks can lead to infection if you can't get them resolved. You can also get Vit E gel caps and squeeze it on his food, and or rub it on his feet also. I know he probably licks it off right away, but some of it will stay in the cracks. Good luck, poor kitty feet!

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Apr 28, 2009

you could always try adding some nice salmon oil to his food...all those omega-3's are great for skin and coat. if he's been on Science Diet for a while without trouble then the food probably isn't to blame, though my dog has had fewer skin problems since i switched her from SD to a natural kibble with better ingredients. also, have you recently changed cat litters? whether or not the litter has anything to do with the condition, i can't imagine it would feel too good on dry cracked paws. if he's an inside cat i can't imagine there would be too many things to harm his paws like that. if he goes outside, you might try keeping him in and see if that makes a difference.

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