Our cats are constantly on their feet and unlike us, they’re running around barefoot all the time. While foot care is often an afterthought for most cat owners, it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored. Our kitties need some tender loving care when it comes to their feet just like we do, so make sure you’re doing what you can to keep those paws healthy and comfortable.
#1 – Trim Nails
Nail care is very important for your cat’s overall paw health. Nails that are allowed to grow too long can actually change the conformation of your cat’s feet, causing permanent bone and joint damage. Overgrown nails are also more likely to get caught and torn while your cat is moving around and they can even grow right into your cat’s pads, causing very painful injury. Trimming your kitty’s nails is much more than just aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for us humans, it’s a part of keeping them happy and healthy.
#2 – Trim Hair
While not all cats need the hair on their feet trimmed, really long coated cats often benefit from the practice. Some hair can actually protect the feet, but if the hair is allowed to get too long it can often cause painful matting. This matting can also cause skin infections that can lead to some very painful limping for your feline friend. Keep the hair clean and trimmed for your cat’s comfort and health.
#3 – Protect Pads
Paw pads often need time to develop calluses and get used to higher levels of activity. An older cat will have much stronger pads than a young kitten, but all cats are susceptible to injury. During wintertime, your cat might be exposed to freezing temperatures and can actually get frostbite on their feet. When it’s hot in summer, your cat can burn their feet on scorching concrete and asphalt. Even inside cats might suffer from stepping where it’s a little too warm or cold. There are several different moisturizers and protective creams you can put on your kitty’s pads and they will help prevent injury or heal any wounds your cat already has. Even if your cat doesn’t freeze or burn their feet, they can get dry enough to cause painful cracking – just your like your skin during the dry months.