Home Remedies For Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis (Pillow Foot) in Cats
Do you see that your pet has a swollen cat paw? Has your cat been diagnosed with feline plasma cell pododermatitis? If so, there is so much you can do to give your cat fast relief from a cat paw pad infection. Conventional veterinary care is very limited in what it can prescribe for cats with pillow foot – primarily steroids and antibiotics. While these pillow foot cats treatments offer temporary relief of the symptoms, they do not address the underlying immune condition. Autoimmune conditions like pillow foot are progressive, and without a holistic, integrative approach can lead to the development of other inflammatory autoimmune conditions. Combining holistic pet care (diet changes and immune support supplements) with conventional veterinary treatments provided by your veterinarian can give your cat the best chance to get better.
Ask Ariel's time-tested home remedies for pillow foot in cats have been used successfully since 2005 and are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. We have helped thousands of pets with autoimmune diseases to manage their conditions and lessen the severity and frequency of flare-ups.
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What Is Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis?
“Pillow Foot” or “Pillow Paw” (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis) is an autoimmune condition that can cause cats to develop painful, swollen cracked paw pads on one or more of their paws. The exact cause is unknown, but like other autoimmune conditions, it is the body’s response to an antibody or infection that causes an inflammatory response. Autoimmune conditions can affect different parts of the body when they flare up.
Pillow Paw in cats is a foot pad disease. Excess plasma is produced and the padding of the paw becomes soft, swollen and inflamed. Cats of any age, gender or breed can develop pillow foot. It is a progressive condition and early treatment can help to prevent the pain and secondary infections that are common with the advanced stages.
Stages of Pillow Foot in Cats:
- Stage 1: The paw pad may be slightly puffy and tender.
- Stage 2: Pads will eventually become purple and appear bruised.
- Stage 3: The pads become increasingly mushy and your cat will begin to “favor” the affected paws. Often, more than one paw is inflamed.
- Stage 4: Sores will develop and in severe cases may split open.
Many cats with pillow foot will have multiple autoimmune conditions, such as IBD and stomatitis. These are all inflammatory conditions that can weaken the body’s natural immune response. Allergies are also common in cats with pillow paw. Some researchers believe there may also be a link between pillow foot and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Supportive care through immune modulating supplements can help to balance the immune system and prevent flare-ups and inflammation.
What Does A Cat Paw Pad Infection Look Like?
Your vet may be able to diagnosis feline plasma cell pododermatitis by the initial physical exam and the classic physical symptoms. An affected paw pad will feel mushy and balloon out from swelling. The cat’s paw pad surface may become purplish or have white striations and it can crack or ulcerate. Pillow foot in cats can affect one or all four paws. Typically, a cat will appear to be lame on the affected paws.
To confirm pillow paw, your veterinarian may need to run blood tests. Cats with pillow foot may have elevated lymphocyte levels. Stress or allergens can trigger the immune system to overproduce lymphocytes and they pool up in the paw pad tissue causing a swollen cat paw. The cat’s body responds by producing antibodies which attack the healthy cells. This results in additional pain and swelling.
How To Manage Autoimmune Conditions In Cats
Using holistic care for autoimmune conditions can greatly reduce the need to give your cat medications and better regulate their immune system. When cats have an autoimmune condition, the cat's immune system is so overloaded that their body forms antibodies to its own tissues and attacks itself. Autoimmune disease can be very challenging for veterinarians to treat. Conventional veterinary plasma cell pododermatitis cat treatment typically includes antibiotics to clear infection and steroids to calm the inflammation. These may provide temporary relief but over time with continued steroid use, will lose their effectiveness. Since the onset of the attacks are often associated with triggers such as stress, exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, or food allergens, it’s important to provide your cat with immune system support. To learn more about how to help your pet with an autoimmune disease, click here.
Home Remedies For Pillow Foot In Cats
You can give your kitty fast relief with Ask Ariel’s all-natural home remedies for pillow foot in cats. Several products have been especially effective in helping cats not only with pillow paw but other autoimmune diseases as well such as IBD and stomatitis. Immune Harmony, QUENT Drops, NOT Drops and Power Probiotic work synergistically together, helping to calm down inflammation naturally by supporting your cat’s immune system. Controlling the frequency and the level of flare-ups can transform a cat's quality of life.
Each of these home remedies for pillow foot in cats works in different ways. You can start with as many as you like, combine them and add on as you see how your cat responds.
Immune Support Kit - The Immune Support Kit Is An Effective, Easy To Use Home Remedy For Pillow Foot in Cats. Contains three tasteless, natural remedies that are easy to administer. They provide relief by modulating your cat’s natural immune response (rather than overstimulating it) which reduces inflammation. These tasteless drops can be mixed into a little bit of soupy food making them easy to administer. These items work synergistically to calm the inflammatory response and support your kitty's immune system. The Immune Support Kit is one of our most popular pillow paw home remedies. Save money by purchasing the three products together at our reduced Kit price. The items in the Immune Support Kit can also be purchased individually. Please click on the links below for more detailed information about each product.
NOT Drops - Natural homeopathic remedy that fights infection and supports your pet's immune system. Controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving symptoms and immune function. Helps to relieve symptoms such as redness from inflammation and helps prevent infections from recurring. These drops act like “natural antibiotics” and are easy to administer. They are very important for the treatment of autoimmune disease as they gently reduce infection and inflammation. Gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.
QUENT Drops - Natural homeopathic remedy that fights viruses and infection. Autoimmune disorders in cats especially often involve underlying viruses so using the NOT Drops and QUENT Drops together is very effective in treating autoimmune disease in pets.
Silver Immune Support - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy to use anti-microbial supplement to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum germ-killer that is well tolerated even by tiny pets.
Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract - critical for your kitty's immune system. If your cat has been on antibiotics or steroids, the friendly bacteria are killed, further weakening your cat's ability to handle the pillow foot infection. That is why at first when steroids and antibiotics are given, your cat's paws get better but eventually the infection returns. Probiotics are essential for your pet's good health because they support digestion, help fight infection and enhance overall immunity. Autoimmune conditions such as Pillow Paw occur due to an overactive immune system, so using supplements to modulate and support, but not overstimulate the immune system is helpful. Power Probiotic is safe, natural and contains NO FILLERS! Most cats love the taste. It can be sprinkled in food or some cats like to eat it by itself. Made in the USA.
Immune Harmony - Veterinary recommended plant sterol supplement. The plant sterols and the potent antioxidants found in Immune Harmony can help keep your pet's immune system in balance and improve the inflammatory response associated with pillow paw. This wonderful product helps to modulate immune function. You will see improved results over time as Immune Harmony slowly builds in your cat's system and helps it feel better overall. Immune Harmony does not treat symptoms immediately but instead works over time. Helpful for cats with pillow foot. Very well tolerated by cats. Use with other supplements that help to readily relieve autoimmune symptoms, while this remedy helps to support the long-term health of your pet's immune system. One bottle lasts most cats for several months. NON-GMO, No Gluten, No Fillers. Made In A Canadian GMP Compliant Facility.
Happy Paws Hemp Extract - Organic anti-inflammatory drops. Controlling inflammation can help to decrease the swelling in the paw pads and reduce pain. The ingredients in Happy Paws are being researched for their beneficial effects on feline plasma cell pododermatitis. Anecdotal reports include reduced pain, inflammation and discomfort. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no adverse health effects from the use of hemp extract. Professional veterinary strength. Each 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. 100% organic. Made in the USA.
Diet For Cats With Pillow Foot
Autoimmune diseases can be managed holistically by feeding your pet a low carbohydrate, anti-inflammatory diet and using supplements that help modulate the immune system. Diet can play an important role in supporting your cat’s immune system. Even "healthy” or “organic" premium brands can be problematic if they contain ingredients that can cause inflammation, thereby flaring up the autoimmune disease. Food allergies and intolerances are the single biggest trigger for autoimmune conditions.
A cat doesn't have to be sneezing or vomiting to have a food intolerance. The food may be causing inflammation and in the early stages, you may not make any connection that the flare-ups are connected to the food. Dry kibble can be a problem because the foods are very high in carbohydrates, which turn to sugar. Cats are carnivores and feeding them a hypoallergenic novel protein diet will go a long way in helping to control pillow foot.
Ask Ariel is dedicated to helping pets with autoimmune conditions. Please be sure to include your cat’s diet on the order form at checkout. Our nutritionist will include diet tips for pillow foot in cats on the packing slip that comes with your product directions.
"Just am so happy to tell you how well Boo is doing after 3 days of treatment (
Immune Support Kit) She is more energetic, comfortable, walking easily and most important her front left Pillow Paw is already healing. Amazing."