Angelo has a dirty little secret: he’s a toe sucker. And by “toe sucker”, what I mean is that he pulls one of his back legs forward and he nurses on one of his toe pads. And he is SO happy and purrs SO loud while he’s doing it that I just want to snatch him up and cover his sweet face with kisses. I’ve had kittens who nurse on their own midsection and kittens who nurse on a litter mate’s midsection, but I’ve never had a toe sucker before. He never does it long – maybe a couple of minutes – and sometimes Ferdinand comes over and joins in. Sucking on Angelo’s toe pad, that is, not his own.
Last week, we discovered that Tommy has Plasma Cell Pododermatitis, which is commonly known as Pillow Paw or Pillow Foot. To be honest, we didn’t realize that there was something big going on with his paws – we thought that the cold weather was making them dry and cracked, and had been putting coconut oil on them. In retrospect, we should have noticed that his pads were swollen and soft, rather than the firm paw pads cats usually have. Luckily, the vet was willing to research, and told us that Tommy has a textbook case of it (though not nearly as bad as some of the pictures I’ve seen online; Google at your own peril.)
It’s an autoimmune issue – which might be related to the Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex he also has. There might be a link to FIV, but not in Tommy’s case – he’s been tested and is negative.
I tell you all of this so that I can tell you I’ve been singing “Mushy Paw, Mushy Paw, What are they feeding you?” (to the tune of Smelly Cat) to Tommy, and then he looks at me like this:
2013: Why drink fresh water out of the water bowl when you’ve got an entire pond of water that tastes like catfish poop?
2012: “MOMMA! I HAZ A COMPLAINT!”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: They feel cartilage-y, like human ears.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.