Hey! One of my most viewed posts is our post on when my mothers cat Missy got diagnosed with Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis (Puffy Foot). I reread over the posts I wrote when she was first diagnosed, and realised that I said I would give an update and that never really happened, so I will do it now, over a year on. If you want to read the first posts, they are here and here.
Missy was first diagnosed with Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis in May 2014. As the previous posts state, we discovered this after she was leaving blood marks where ever she walked, and found that her pads had ripped open. After diagnosis she was given a steroid shot, and was on twice daily antibiotics while being crated. In the end we had her crated for roughly about a month, and then slowly introduced her back into her normal life of being outside most of the time.
I will be honest with you, we never took her back to the vet after those weeks. Her pads had gone down significantly, and were no longer ripped or blistered. The original consultation had been at an after hours vet so had cost us an arm and a leg, so going back when she seemed fine seemed like a waste of money. We decided that if it flared up again, we would take her back. It never has flared back up. I think that is the main reason I forgot to update you all on her progress.
So obviously it has been nearly a year and a half now, and we have had no other problems with her. As you can see from the photos, her pads have gone back to normal now, and haven't been puffy since the first incident. It is extremely hard to get photos of a cats paws, especially when she doesn't really like being held. I think we were some of the lucky few that our cat actually responded to the medication. She has had no other visible problems and hasn't been to the vet since then.
A plus of this whole event is that Missy is a lot calmed around us all now. She actually doesn't mind being in the room with us now, where she used to zoom out of the room whenever any of us family members were around. I also believe that she has kept on the weight that she gained while in the crate, which is a huge benefit as she has always been a smaller cat.
I would love to hear if any of you have experienced Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis and what happened in your situation. Leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading :)