I was pretty clear about this I believe:Just a note that you should always check first with your vet before using an over-the-counter medication. Many cats have underlying conditions or other health issues that make some over-the-counter meds unsuitable for all cats.
HiHi! No, he's not declawed. I believe it could be dried blood or a scab, if I try to wipe at it it usually leaves a dark red residue. He could be causing it to bleed by constantly gnawing at it, maybe? He does have quite sharp teeth...
Has your vet done any skin scrapings or any other tests to definitively identify exactly what your kitty's problem is?Hi
Realise you posted this a few years ago, but did you get a solution? I have a cat who is just over a year old & has what looks like the same problem. I’m not really getting anywhere with his vet & am pretty much at my wits end. His paw is so sore looking & he’s had an e collar on for just about a week with no improvement. Would really appreciate if u could let me no if ur lil guy recovered & what was done to help him.
HeyHas your vet done any skin scrapings or any other tests to definitively identify exactly what your kitty's problem is?
I'm not the original poster, but one of our cats gets a lot of blank gunk around his paws and nail beds. In his case, it's a fungal infection that's partly due to a chicken allergy, partly because we live in a hot, humid climate, and partly because he's FIV+ and his immune system isn't quite up to snuff.
The vet advised us to eliminate chicken from Buddy's diet, showed us how to keep his feet and nails clean with chlorhexidine/ketoconazole wipes or shampoo, and recommended a probiotic (Proviable).
The black gunk has never gone completely away, but we've learned to stay on top of it to try to keep it from getting out of hand. And thus far, he hasn't had any more secondary staph infections on his paws, thank God!
Oh, gosh. I feel for you, hon. We've been dealing with this for about two years now. But at least we've gone from having to clean huge black chunks of gunk from Buddy's feet 2-3 times a day, to only having to clean them once or twice a week.I wanted to reply to this thread, because I have been dealing with this issue since may'18, altho my cat has also lost 95% of his hair along with this. To keep this short, my vet has no idea what it is as of now. blood tests etc have been done. He's on an antibacterial shampoo, and dermalone which def helps, but still hasn't rid of it. I comb out black chunks from his paws almost daily at this point.
Im curious what the outcome is for most of these cats? I have vetericyn, also which i just started tonight bc nothing is really improving it. I bought it two months ago and my vet was not really for it. Tonight i sprayed it tho bc i had used it two night ago on another cat with an ugly cut and its almost cleared today.
If anyone replies I'd love to share pics, for thoughts.
Oh, my. I'm so sorry you and your kitty have been going through such a rough time together. *hugs you tight*Yes, he does get black in his ears. When I brought him in, in aug '17- he was a stray and his ears were always filthy. I assumed mites but it wasn't. I would clean them every other day. It wasn't until just last month when I got dermalone, and I decided I'd clean them and wipe some of that around his ears and now I am only cleaning them maybe once a week now. I did have him on probiotics for about two or three months but it did nothing for him.
The problems I'm struggling with is, he's lost 3 pounds since may, all of his fur- which is maybe coming back in.. Might be my imagination at this point tho
That's when they prescribed the shampoo bc his skin would get this brown film on him and he would be sticky to touch. Since the weather has changed, its slowed down, but i cant get any weight back on him. He's had blood work, skin scraps etc.. I just come home nightly and google his symptoms. You can see and feel his spine and I just feel terrible. He's also only about 4 yrs...
My cat has had black crusty between her pads a couple times. She ended up getting sores on her leg. One vet said allergies. Took her to another vet and found out she had Myrsa. She has Myrsa again & the black is back on her feet. Along with the black on feet I noticed it around her anus. Looked like her skin was that color. It wasn’t cuz I used a Q-tip & applied Vaseline. Gently rubbing it come off. I suggest you have a test for Myrsa just Incase it is that. Myrsa is highly contagiousHi all, a while ago I noticed that my 4 year old cat, Marlow, had a bunch of dark gunk on the skin between his paw pad and toes. He was gnawing at it pretty frequently. I took him to the vet and she said it might be a yeast buildup and gave us some pads to swab his paw with. He totally hated it and they didn't make a difference, so we went back. She gave us a new medicine, Ketohex, which also didn't do anything. We let her know and she said that as long as he's walking fine and not in pain, we probably didn't have anything to worry about. Well, now he's got the same stuff on his front left paw! I have no idea what's causing this. We are using the same Crystal cat litter he's had for years. I'm planning on switching to a new kind just to be sure it's not causing this, it only just occurred to me that it could be contributing to his issues.
Has anyone experienced this problem before? I can't find much online that sounds like his issue. I attached some photos of both paws, sometimes the black stuff is gone and it's just stained reddish brown.
Any thoughts? I don't want my poor guy to be suffering!