Remedies for a Swollen Paw on a Cat

Updated February 21, 2017

Cat paws can become swollen in a number of ways. The condition can make it painful for the cat to walk or move around easily. When this occurs, there are a number of different remedies to help relieve the swelling and to prevent the affliction from becoming a real health problem for your cat.

Soak the Paw

Sometimes paws can become infected because the cat has stepped on something sharp. An older remedy for relieving this is by soaking the paw in a dish of warm to hot water with epson salt in it. The cat may not be a big fan of this initially, but the warmer water and salt will help relieve the swelling and reduce the beginnings of infection.

Trim the Nails

According to experts at the website, sometimes the paws are swollen due to the cat's claws being too long. Ingrown claws can cause swelling, or the nails can grow back and puncture the bottom of the paw. Routine maintenance by clipping the claws can help relieve and prevent this. However, sometimes the swelling is caused by the nails being trimmed too short. If the swelling occurs after you trimmed the nails, this is probably the reason. The paw will probably heal on its own after a short period of time.


Allergies may be another cause of cat's paws swelling. According to, swollen paws can also be a sign of a serious illness the cat may have, like lupus or pitting oedema. If the cat's circulation isn't working properly, the animal could have an autoimmune disorder or a heart or circulation problem. If this keeps occurring then your cat may have a serious disease that needs to be checked out by a veterinarian.

Contact your Veterinarian

If none of these remedies work or if you're unsure of how to proceed, contact your veterinarian for advice or make an appointment to bring your cat in to be checked out. explains that the most difficult thing about diagnosing animals properly is that they can't tell you exactly what is wrong with them. Never give your animal antibiotics or painkillers, as this could harm them as you don't know how it is going to react. So if the swelling persists, bring your cat to the vet.

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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.