Ask Us Anything: FLUTD in Ragdolls, Muscle Tear and Wart on Cat Paw Pad

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You might have missed our first “Ask Us Anything” post.  “Ask US Anything” is a category of posts that will include some of the inquiries I get from readers about their kitties – whether it’s a health issue, a behavior issue or something else.  I have found that readers like to read these inquiries to learn more – and I have certainly learned more from them as well.  So now, I will share for those who might not have seen them on Facebook or for those who aren’t on Facebook, so they can still read them. I tend to post these on our Facebook and Instagram.  Here are the 3 most recent issues that arose.

FLUTD in Ragdolls

Shannon wrote in worried about her 2-year old female Ragdoll cat who had been diagnosed with feline idiopathic cystitis or FLUTD.

Ragdoll Cat with a Muscle Tear

Reader Kristi wrote in: “I have a 2 year old male Ragdoll that has been very healthy and active. On October 27th I noticed a slight limp on his right hind leg. The next day is was very apparent that he was having a lot of difficulty walking and in pain. I took him to the Animal Hospital that day. Because Oliver was in so much pain the Vet was unable to examine without sedation. Under sedation they were able to pinpoint the pain was coming from his right hind femur. They took xrays also and found no broken bones or torn ligaments. The assessment by 3 doctors was they it must me a tear or tears in his muscle. They sent us home with 3 days worth of Onisor tablets to be given once a day. They told us to limit his activity. The evening of Oct 30th I came home and found Oliver barely able to walk and obviously in much pain. I took him back to the Animal Hospital. They sent us home with 3 days worth of Simbadol syrup and told us to confine him in a small area with nothing to jump on. We kept him in a 10×10 room with no furniture for 4 days. We spent as much time as we could in his room but we could tell he was getting very lonely. So we expanded his space to include the family area where we moved out the furniture as well. After 2 weeks of no improvement I have gone back to the Animal Hospital and they let me know that it could take 1-2 months to see improvement, if in fact it is a muscle tear like they suspect. They sent me home with another weeks worth of Simbadol and Onisor. I am wondering if anyone else has had a kitty with a muscle tear and what was done to treat the cat and help with the pain management. Thank you for any advice.”

Wart-like Tissue on a Ragdoll Cat’s Paw Pad


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  1. Great post and information, Jenny! Thanks for sharing these issues here as I don’t do much on FB and refuse to rejoin Instagram since my account was hacked a few years back and I did not like the customer support (or should I say lack of customer support) received to resolve the hacking issue. 🙂 <3

    Wish I had some advice for these three kitty owners but I do not have experience with any of those conditions! However, I will be sending some healing prayers for these kitties along with some comfort prayers for their owners. 🙂 <3

    I look forward to anyone sharing advice or experience here via your blog.

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. i don’t blame you on IG – how annoying – it’s entirely annoying as a cat blogger too – someone has @floppycats and doesn’t use it or respond…and I couldn’t get IG to respond either. Bummer.

  2. My Ragdoll has “warts” on his paw pads too. I noticed them about a year ago (cat was probably 6 months old) and of course rushed him to the vet. The doctor didn’t seem too concerned with them… Said my cat just wasn’t grooming them off like other cats do. He compared it to a callus. So from my understanding, it’s not a big deal. The doctor suggested I cut them down, but I’m too scared to use anything other then the zenclippers I use to cut his nails, and the opening isn’t big enough to fit the callus. Anyone else have any experience with this? My cat only gets them on his front paws, not his back. 2 on one paw, 1 on the other

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