Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: About Those Pink Paw Pads of Mine

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Howdy and then some gang, thanks for stopping by and welcome to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. I am always thankful to each of you for joining us! Each and every Thursday we share the things for which we are most thankful and we always enjoy reading all of the things you are thankful for too. If you are new to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, thanks for hopping in, we really do get excited when new blogger pals join us!

Today I’m thankful that I get to give you an update on my pink paw pads. I don’t know if you remember or not, but some of you commented about my nice pink paw pads. I did appreciate the compliment lots, but my paw pads have always been black. So, I ended up on antibiotics for two months.

We have such a nice Cat Only Vet and she knows how much I hate the car. When my paw pad issue came front and center our Vet did a virtual appointment with me. That’s how we came to the diagnosis of Pillow Paws (pododermatitis). However, after a week I had a bad reaction to the antibiotic (doxycycline). I started throwing up and last Friday I threw up 10 times in the morning.

You might have guessed it, into the car and to the Vet we went. When she got an up close and purrsonal look at my paw pads she said those weren’t pillow paws at all, they would be really swollen. Instead I have Vitiligo, the harmless variety. I was told to stop the antibiotic, had some fluids and a B12 shot. I sure feel better now. In case you are curious:

Vitiligo is a condition that causes the skin to lose its pigment. The main characteristic of vitiligo is lightened skin color. If your cat’s black paw pads turn pink, your cat may have acrofacial vitiligo. While uncommon, it is one of the reasons why dark cat paw pads can turn a lighter color.

Vitiligo, by itself, will not harm your cat. It is purely cosmetic and will not cause any pain. However, vitiligo can sometimes be caused by other medical conditions that are very painful. Since my blood work and other vitals are good I have the harmless variety.

Will I get my black paw pads back? Probably not, but that’s okay. I’m thankful to have such a good Vet and I’m thankful to be feeling so much better. So, what are you thankful for today? Tell us in the comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

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51 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: About Those Pink Paw Pads of Mine

  1. messymimi

    Such good news! While i am sorry you had to end up at the stabby place after all, knowing all is well is worth it.

  2. meowmeowmans

    That’s great news, Brian! Sorry you had to go in the car to find out (not to mention the bad reaction to those antibiotics), but we are glad you are okay!

  3. Anne Robinson

    As I was setting my photo in place, the cat jumped across my laptop. SO much for a nice photo to share. hahahaha
    Hoping all will be well wirh you. Sorry you had to experience some pain but grateful you will A-Ok. Take care

  4. Angie

    So glad you got the right diagnosis in the end, and that it is nothing serious!!! And don’t you know, pink is the new black, right?

  5. Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo & Cinnamon

    Hi Brian, our Mom has the human version of vitiligo and we did not know animals got it! We are sad you got sick from the mess but we are glad that you are feeling better and that you will be OK. Have a Marvellously Happy Day.


    You know, those pink pads looked absolutely healthy to us. Ours are pink and all mama’s other family members had pink pads…a tabby, a Siamese, etc. Even papa’s are pink!

  7. Cleo

    Oh handsome, handsome Brian, we’re so glad your bloodwork and other vitals are good, and the vitiligo is of the harmless variety. Your pads are absolutely stunning in pink, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Enjoy the rest of the week, my friend.

  8. Purrseidon

    Brian dear furiend, I’m glad you’re doing well, but wish it hadn’t been bad enough for you to see your v e t or need medication!

  9. Madison

    Some doggies had their black noses turn pink and that is harmless as well. We are glad you have the right diagnosis and you are feeling better!

  10. Cathy Kennedy


    I’m glad to read the good report on your pink paw problem but hate that initially the wrong meds got prescribed and made you so sick. I guess the virtual doctor visit can only do so much without in person check ups. I’ve heard of people losing skin pigments usually causing blotching spots making a black person have white spots and white people have even whiter skin in places. It’s interesting but I know it has to make these poor folks uncomfortable because it’s hard to not stare. Stay safe and be well, my furriend!

  11. MadSnapper

    I am soooo happy to hear you are good to go and be a happy cat again. no drugs and nothing bad… i have not heard of either of the paw pad things. now we know. so much for virtual visits, i am not a fan of them for people or pets.

  12. Teddy

    Brian I am so happy that you are OK…..that paw problem was a stubborn one and we hope you never ever have to go through all of that again with your paws! Thanks for hosting the Thankful Hop – we have so much to be thankful for.

    Hugs, Teddy

  13. Xena

    Of course you would get something unusual! We think that’s cause you’re special, and we’re glad it won’t hurt you. You got Mom thinking about paw pads, and she checked all ours – Xena’s, Lucy’s and Riley’s – and they’re all black. She has noticed when she’s grooming dogs that dogs that are white or very light colored usually have pink paw pads and clear nails. Sometimes, though, all it takes is a patch of white fur on their paw to make the nail and paw pad close to that fur clear and pink. Isn’t that odd? XOX Xena and Lucy

  14. Derry and the Biped

    Oh, gosh, Brian, you’ve had some rather unpleasant “adventures”! We’re glad you’re feeling better and that you don’t have “pillow paws” at all, but the harmless variety, as you put it. One certainly can learn about new things every day!

  15. The Florida Furkids

    We’re sorry you had to go to the VET in purrson but we’re glad they figured out what is going on and you got to get off the meds that made you sick.

    The Florida Furkids

  16. Catscue

    You sure look happy and comfy Brian. I’m glad you have the harmless Vitiligo and I do love your pink toesies too. Sorry about the vomiting, you poor brave boy, we’re sending chin scritches.

  17. Sandee

    I’m so happy you have the harmless kind. You’re most handsome too. I know you get told that a lot.

    Thank you for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday. My best to your siblings and your caring peeps. ♥

  18. Darla M Sands

    Wow! I’m so glad you’re doing so well. And nothing beats an in-person visit. I feel for you, though. ~sigh~ I am going to see my dentist this afternoon. It wouldn’t be so bad except I’d rather hang with my little family – my husband and our three sweet kitties. 🙂 Take care!

  19. Cecilia Upchurch

    Goodness me Brian…whew you finally have a correct diagnosis and no more nasty med.
    Honestly though…pardon me while I say this: Real mencats look good with pink paws.
    Hugs Cecilia

  20. Ananka

    OMG what an ordeal! I am so glad you are better now. And I feel more educated now about paws. I didn’t have any knowledge of this before your post a few weeks back! Big hugs.

  21. A Green Rdige

    Personally I don’t care what color your paw pads are…you are so flipping adorable!! I am, however, glad you do not have the serious variety!!!…jp

  22. Mary McNeil

    We are really glad you got off that antibiotic and that your paws are really ok. When humans get vitiligo it usually leaves patches without pigment on their skin. I guess your fur is helping you there ! Purrs !

  23. Create With Joy

    Oh Brian – I’m so sorry you had to take unneeded meds and got sick but thankfully your Dad is vigilant and you are on the path to healing now! You are beautiful just the way you are – Magellan has pink paw pads and I love them! 🙂

  24. Diane

    So happy you updated us. I did not know cats could get that. My brother had it on his arm so I thought it was a people-thing. Glad you got that sorted out.

  25. Eastside Cats

    Well now, Brian! We learn from each other, and your condition is a new one to me.
    As long as all of your other vitals are good, then it’s all good!

  26. The Oceanside Animals

    Charlee: “Oh no! That much sickies and throwing up, no fun at all!”
    Chaplin: “We’re glad to hear that it’s nothing dangerous. I hope you don’t have to go back to the vet for a good long time!”

  27. The OP Pack

    We are so sorry you had to be so sick from that antibiotic. Guess that goes on the list of no nos for you. But we are happy that the vet was able to diagnose the pad problem and that you are going to be just fine. We sort of like those pink pads:)

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  28. Cathy Keisha

    Whoa! Our Nicky couldn’t take that antibiotic either. Sad you had to go in the car but happy that diagnosis is better. TW had a guy with that V thing. He was supposed to stay out of the sun.

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