Cat’s paw pad is red and swollen

Our question this week was:

My cat’s paw pad is red and swollen, but I can’t see anything. He keeps licking it. What might be wrong?

Patsy Hofmeister


Hi – thanks for your email. A red swollen paw on a cat is abnormal. I’d recommend having your cat evaluated. It is possible there could be a bite wound, an abscess, foreign body or other problem.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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