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Pododermatitis Super Support Kit

Felimm, Yucca, Stimmune & Heal Care Ointment

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Holistic Regimen for Pododermatitis or Pillow foot in Cats

Inspiring Pet Tails 5 min read
Holistic Regimen for Pododermatitis or Pillow foot in Cats

What is plasma cell pododermatitis? Pododermatitis, aka “Pillowfoot” is a rare condition in which kitties will experience inflammation of the footpads – typically caused by immune stimulation, although the exact cause is unknown.

Pillow foot in cats
Cat's foot

The paw pads become infiltrated by plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. This can cause splitting, cracking, and irritation, no fun for a kitty who is eager to jump and romp around! If it becomes severe enough, the pads can become uncomfortable and cause your kitty to limp. Cats may also lick and chew at their feet.

This handsome tuxedo, Little Herbie Johnson is one of the kitties affected by this, but his playful manner cannot be quelled.


We originally heard from pet parent Sarah in October after she was looking for some relief for little Herbie. She noticed her kitty’s paws were getting bruised and tender, due to her pillow foot. The vet created a steroid formula for him. She knew he was full of so much life, and wanted to look for natural ways to keep inflammation down. She didn’t want to give medication for too long, as she was concerned it may cause long-term kidney and autoimmune issues.

Common symptoms of pododermatitis:

  • Swollen, soft, scaly foot pads
  • Quick to bleed
  • Tender, puffy, mushy, purplish and bruised
  • Sores can develop on the pads and may split open
  • Limping and biting at paws


If your cat has pododermatitis, your vet may administer antibiotics to fight infections and steroids to fight inflammation and regulate the immune system. Most cats will see improvements after going through a round of treatment. In some cases, if the pillow paw is bad enough, your veterinarian may suggest surgery. Diet also plays an important role in helping to target inflammation. Your vet may suggest an elimination to find which foods your kitty is reacting to, or test for environmental allergies.

We were happy to hear of Herbie’s progress soon after starting. Pet Mom Sarah has enthusiastically gotten him started on a holistic regimen:

I give NHV supplements to my Tuxedo baby, Little Herbie Johnson. Herbie is around 6-7 years old. He found me when he was a young cat. He suffers from what is called Plasma Cell Pododermatitis or pillow foot. It causes uncomfortable calluses, bruising, and cracking on the pads of his feet. It would hurt him to walk; he was always holding up his paws.
herbie johnson cat pillow foot

The vet told me he would be on steroids the rest of his life; they would shorten his life. All while the serious health issues caused by them would shorten his life. I refused to accept this. I’d seen several cats on Twitter talk about NHV products and decided to try them. 

We use 5 NHV supplements for him. We mix in an empty bottle. Herbie is extremely finicky so the food and treat option was out. He gets 2 droppers of the supplements a day. He doesn’t put up a fight or fuss so there’s likely no taste, just the slight annoyance of opening his mouth for the droppers. 

I just started using it with other NHV supplements for 2 of his siblings. 

I will say the combination of the 5 has made difference. He’s acting like he was when he first found me. He’s a bit spunky (he’s always been chill) he’ll play a little, zip around, and now wants to be back on my lap every day. The symptoms of pillow foot are much better. The cracking/flaking is a lot better. The bruising is lessening. I know this part will take some time. Your staff is wonderful. I told a friend about you. She ended up ordering some for her cats and dogs! NHV is a blessing. Thank you so much![/blockquote]

Update January 2019- We kept in touch with Herbie’s mom, Sarah- and she had wonderful news to share about Herbie’s progress.

Awwh, my baby. We’re grateful for NHV. Herbaloo is doing great! We have a routine now. Herbie, 2 siblings & 1 pup sibling on NHV products. All feel great! He’s getting into occasional trouble! OK, he can do no wrong. It cracks me up he’s feeling so good he’s NAUGHTY! I love it.
herbie johnson pillow foot
AM supplement we take them in a box or on the floor. Herbie’s pillow foot gets Stimmune, Felimm, Yucca, ES Clear, and Milk Thistle. He rarely raises his paws in pain now. There are 2 spots that looked like extra claws were growing, slowly shrinking. He’s talking to us now.

Which supplements is Little Herbie Johnson getting? 

herbie with other cat pillow foot

To target the inflammation, Herbie is getting a daily blend of Stimmune, Felimm, Yucca, ES-Clear, and Milk Thistle. These various supplements have unique herbal properties that support the immune system.

Stimmune helps support the immune system and is beneficial for autoimmune conditions, skin allergies, infections, and food allergies. It helps restore immune function and is especially beneficial in the case of allergies.

Felimm helps strengthen your cat’s weakened immune system, increases its ability to fight infections, and encourages detoxification of the lymphatic system.

Yucca contains steroidal saponins, which assist the body in using and producing its own corticosteroids and corticosteroid-related hormones

ES Clear similarly helps the immune system but also helps with overall well-being. It helps with energy levels and appetite as well. We have seen very good success with these supplements and various autoimmune conditions. Milk Thistle helps to cleanse and detoxify the vital organs and is full of antioxidants for your kitty’s health. It improves the function and regeneration of the liver and kidneys especially when they have been overworked.

We have also recommended NHV Heal Care Ointment for Herbie’s paw pads. It can help reduce discomfort and inflammation.

Is your fur kid suffering from inflammation? Especially as these cold winter months are upon us, your pet’s skin may just need a little bit more TLC. If you need assistance choosing the right supplements, please contact one of our NHV Pet Experts.

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Published: December 30, 2018

9 replies

  1. Hi, I would like to thank you for your Stimmune product, it’s less than one week and my cat’s pillow paw infection is all cleared up. This is an amazing product.. My cat is feeling so much better no more irritation or pain. I will be definitely a future client. Thank you so much..
    From Montreal Canada

    1. NHV Natural Pet Products says:

      Hi Kathy,

      That makes us so happy. Thank you for sharing this lovely update. We would love to see pictures of your little one and of course, we’d love to help you whenever you need us.

      Sending much love to you and your furkids.

      Yours in wellness,
      Team NHV Natural Pet Products

  2. SHEILA SMITH says:

    My sweet cat, Bella, has Pillow Foot. She was diagnoised last March 2020 by my vet and received one shot of [pharmaceutical name removed] and they tested her for the Fel V/FIV, which was negative. It seemed to give her some relief, but only a few days. Do not want to do the steroid. These NHV Natural products seem very expensive, especially if you use the 5 products. Can you tell me how to approach this problem w/my Bella. It seems to be all 4 pads now. In March of this year it was only her 2 front pads.

    1. NHV Pet Expert says:

      Hello Sheila,

      Owh, we’re sorry to hear about Bella’s pillow foot issue. We can imagine how worrisome it can be when our little one is not feeling well. We’re so glad to hear that Bella does not have FelV/FIV, that’s great! We have Yucca that can help to support Bella’s body by producing natural corticosteroids and balance her immune system and ease the paw inflammation. Here’s the link to Yucca

      You can add Felimm as a supporting supplement to help keep her body strong and fight any existing viral infections that may be causing the pillow foot. Here’s the link to Felimm

      We’re just a message away if you need anything. Sending lots of love and healing vibes to Bella

  3. Heidi says:

    Hi, my year old cat Simba suffers from Pillow foot his pads swell and crack and has had antibiotics and steroids on two occasions but I would prefer something natural to give him as he is so young. Can you please advise what would help him. Thank you in advance

    1. Team NHV says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us.

      We’re so sorry to hear that your little one is dealing with pillow foot. We know that must be super uncomfortable for Simba. Thank you so much for looking out for him, he’s got to appreciate you so much!

      First, we’d recommend Felimm. Since pillow foot is most times caused by an issue with the immune system, the herbs in this blend can help to balance the immune system, fight off infections, and can help support the lympathic system.

      Here’s more information on Felimm for you:

      Next, we’d recommend Yucca. This herb naturally contains steroidal saponins that can help to support the immune system while also helping to ease inflammation.

      Here’s more information on Yucca for you:

      Lastly, to support Simba’s little paws, we recommend Heal Care. This natural ointment can help to promote healing, relieve discomfort, and soothes dryness and cracking.

      We know this is a lot of information to take in, so please take your time to review everything! Do let us know if you have any questions whatsoever, we’ll always be here to help you.

      Sending you and your furkiddo lots of love and healing vibes!

      Yours in wellness,
      Team NHV

  4. Team NHV says:

    Hi Jackie!

    We saw your comment on our blog, thank you so much for reaching out to us! We’re so excited to help! And we’re so thankful to you for rescuing and taking care of all your kitties, they’re so, so lucky to have you.

    We first wanted to let you know that we do offer a discount for pet rescues! We’ll send you some more information.

    We also have a few suggestions that we think could help your little ones feel more comfortable:

    Felimm is a blend of powerful yet gentle supplements that can help to strengthen a weakened immune system (which could help with pododermatitis), combat upper respiratory tract infections, and can help to encourage detoxification of the lymphatic system. Here’s more info on Felimm for you:

    We think that Felimm could be a really good option for your kitty with pododermatitis and a URI but we think that adding Stimmune and Natures Immuno could definitely help give your kitty the extra support they need.

    Stimmune could be beneficial to your kitty’s regimen as it has natural antibiotic properties and supports the immune system in fighting off infections. It can also help to ease symptoms like inflamed skin and itchiness. Here’s more information on Stimmune for you:

    Lastly, we think that adding Natures Immuno could also help support your little one. This is our medicinal mushroom blend that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. It can also help to support the immune system and the respiratory system. Here’s more information on Natures Immuno for you:

    We know this is a lot of information to take in so please take your time in reviewing everything and let us know if you have any questions whatsoever, we’re always here to help if you need us.

    Sending lots of love to you and all your sweethearts!

  5. Tammy B says:

    I would love some help and advice. My cat Merry has Pododermatitis and was prescribed Doxycycline from the vet but its giving him terrible diarrhea with little improvement to his paws. Merry is 7 years old. We live in Ontario, Canada. Any advice on alternative treatments?

    1. Team NHV says:

      Hi Tammy,

      We’re so sorry to hear about your little one’s pododermatitis diagnosis. We know pododermatitis can be really uncomfortable for kitties, thank you so much for sticking by Merry when he needed you most.

      We have a few recommendations that we think could help your sweet boy.

      Our Pododermatitis Super Support Kit contains All-Clear, Yucca, Felimm, and Stimmune. When used together, these powerful yet gentle supplements can help to promote the healing of the paws, soothe discomfort, aid in inflammation, and maintain immune health.

      For more on our Pododermatitis Super Support Kit, click here:

      As traditional medications can be tough on a pet’s body, specifically the liver and kidneys, we think Merry could benefit from using Milk Thistle as well. Milk Thistle can help to support liver and kidney health while encouraging liver regeneration.

      More on Milk Thistle here:

      Lastly, since you mentioned Merry is dealing with diarrhea, we also suggest Plantaeris. The herbs in this formula can help to promote normal bowel movements, reduce inflammation, and encourage the healing of the digestive tract.

      More info on Plantaeris:

      We know this is lots of information to take in so please take your time in reviewing everything, we’re always here if you have any questions whatsoever.

      Sending lots of love and light to you and your furmily!

      Yours in wellness,
      Team NHV

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