Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

POTP for Our Sweet Katie


I thought I outta update my readers on why you haven’t seen many photos or participation from our sweet little Katie. She has been battling some kind’a bacterial infection that has taken over 10 of her 16 claw sheaths. We have been trying to treat this for months now. Her Vet sent in skin scraping for culture testing and she does indeed have a bacterial infection. But— the “why” is eluding our Vet. And Doc K is the best!

4 weeks ago                                                        Now

You can see in the photo from 4+weeks ago, that our cat litter was encrusted on her claw sheath and when Mom L pulled that clump away, it was oozing puss. And it bled a bit too. In the “now” photo (apologies for the blur) you can see that the skin around the claw and sheath are pink and healthy. But, the claw is discolored. Katie has had 3 long acting antibacterial injections over the last couple of months. And she has been on some nasty liquid antibiotic (Orbax) for the last two weeks.

You can see that precious Katie doesn’t much like this yucky stuff. And you can see that she is very depressed and sad. You see, Katie has never become comfortable with being picked up. And she has never sat in a lap. She allows Dad P to pet her every night and she sometimes sleeps between his or Mom L’s legs at night and when Mom L takes an afternoon nap. Katie, if you recall, was rescued by Mom L and Dad P from a horrible hoarding place when she was only 5-6 months old. She had already had kittens; Mom L could see she had been nursing within the last weeks. Mom L also found dead kittens, barely days old, in the closet; likely Katie’s.

All that said, Katie has to be confined in Dad P’s office so he and Mom L can administer her meds and Mom L cleans all of her claws with an antiseptic pad every day. This infection spread to most of her claw sheaths. She is improving but what happens now that the antibiotics are finished?

By confining her to one place, we can test different litter with her to learn if it is the wheat clumping litter we have used for years that has caused this to happen to her. We are now on our third litter trial; silica non-clumping and her claws are looking better. But she still has the meds in her system so we won’t know for sure until the next week or so. Next we will try to learn if this might be a food allergy. So disturbing.

We sure will appreciate all the POTP (Power of the Paw) you send her. She is very depressed, misses her play buddy Eowyn and we know she thinks she is being punished. We all have leaky eyes for our darling little Katie. Our guest bed is in Dad P’s office and he has been sleeping with her the whole time she is confined. That is over two and a half weeks now. Katie does play with Dad P’s footsies under the covers at night, and she comes up to his chest for snuggles and pets and she sleeps with him all night. But when the sun arrives and daylight begins to show itself, Katie retreat to her hiding spots in Dad P’s closet. And she remains in there all day. When anyone enters the room during the day, and Katie is out on the tower or bed or Dad P’s chair, Katie slinks back to her hidey spots. Breaking all our hearts.


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33 thoughts on “POTP for Our Sweet Katie

  1. probulldog on said:

    Sending you hug, love and light. Get well Katie.

  2. probulldog on said:

    Sending you hug, love and light. Get well, Katie. 😘

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  4. Edie Chase on said:

    Sending POTP to Katie. I hope you get some answers soon.

  5. Savvy, I forgot to mention, I got some health issues too from the litter and when Granny changed it years ago, the issues disappeared like snow in the sun and no more sticky paws. We use Cat’s Best natural😺There is also a Bach Remedy that you could give Katie, Crab Apple. I’m sure it could help her body and mind….but forgive me if I’m to pushy🙏 Extra Pawkisses for all of you🐾😽💞

  6. O, sweet Katie, I’m so sorry you have to undergo these health issues and Granny and I really hope that once finished the antibiotica out of your body, everything will be back to normal. We’re sending Healing Pawkisses and purrayers to feel better soon🐾😽💞

  7. meowmeowmans on said:

    OMC, that’s just so sad. Poor, sweet Katie. We are purring and praying and sending love for Katie and all of you.

  8. Poor Katie! We’re sending you lots of purrs for a full recovery!

  9. Oh sweet Katie, we’re so sorry this is happening to you. We sure hope you get better soon. We’re sending lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luvs ya’

    RaenaBelle and Zebby

  10. Sending love and healing energy to Katie!

  11. kimberly H Paschedag on said:

    Many prayers from Florida for Katie.

  12. Turtle Lover on said:

    Sending my prayers too!! I have never heard of this condition so I”m thankful you shared it just in case it ever happens to me.

  13. We send you lots of AireZen and POTP, Katie, and we hope you are healed soon.

  14. I certainly sent Katie a little POTP; she’s had a rough life. I’ve never heard of claw sheath infections, but now I know to look out for them. Sending her a little loving kindness, too.

  15. This sounds like a stress the poor girl (and you as family) do not need. I hope it is an allergy with the cat litter, because that you can put right, or a food allergy because that you can work on.

    Katie landed on her paws finding a wonderful family in you, I hope this can be sorted out so she can be out playing with her BFF again.

  16. Katie, this is horrible. We send POTP to you and all that are helping you. Remember though it may be uncomfortable, you are getting help. You will soon be well. Whisker kisses

  17. 15andmeowing on said:

    Poor Katie. I will add her to my prayer list. XO

  18. Mary McNeil on said:

    We are sending purrayers and Power of the Paw to sweet Katie and to all who are taking such good care of her.

  19. Oh no. Stay brave, sweet girl. Mom and I said a prayer for your tiny paws to get all better. You are in the best and most patient hands.

    Love and licks,

  20. Poor sweet Katie, we hope the solution presents itself soon so you don’t have to deal with this. Purrs, prayers and hugs from all of us.

  21. chrisscatmeow on said:

    Poor sweet Katie get well soon little one sending prayers and hugs..x😻💜🐾

  22. Poor Katie! I am purring for her and hope this infection goes away soon. ~Ernie

  23. That looks really hurty. We hope you can figure it out and she is better soon.

  24. Poor baby! She looks so sad. I’m glad things seem to be improving. Hopefully, she’s on the permanent road to recovery

  25. Carole Schulman on said:

    Absolutely POTP!!!!
    Katie Isabella

  26. Poor baby, we are sending our very best healing purrs and POTP to sweet Katie. We recommend Good News Cat Litter (it’s made from recycled News Papers) and Mom wishes she could afford to use it. We had won some free when Yin and Yang were little and it was a life saver. Paws crossed the vet can find out why this has happened to sweet Katie.

  27. Poor darling Katie! We are sending you OODLES of POTP and pawpats and kitty kissies, sweet girl!
    We hope and purray that your pawrents will manage to figure out the cause of this malady.

  28. Memories of Eric and Flynn on said:

    Poor Katie, that looks so painful. I am sending love and good thoughts for her.

  29. dear katie we send hugs and weim power to you… and lots of potp…

  30. Poor Katie! I’m sending LOTS of purrs her way. I hope she recovers fully from this problem very, very soon.

  31. spittythekitty on said:

    Poor little darling! I had no idea all this was happening. You are the very bestest people for taking such wonderful care of her! Gigi and Buddy and I are sending all our very best purrs and purrayers. We really, really, REALLY hope that everything is going in a good direction for her little feets now. Also, hard as all this is, she is safe and warm and loved, and even if she sometimes hides, she has a safe warm little hidey place to escape to when she needs it. I’m so glad that she snuggles a bit and plays with Peter’s feet! XOXO to all of you

  32. Oh my, we do feel for Katie. Hopefully something more definite can be discovered soon be it bacteria yeast or food based reaction . Paws crossed

  33. Dalton,Benji aka Meezer’s Mews & Terrieristical Woofs on said:

    Awww, poor sweet Katie. We hope your issues can be solved and helped so you can go about being a healthy and sweet kitty. Sending lots of POTP!
    Us pups cannot purr, but we’ll add our pawyers and wags.

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