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human skin rash after cat scratch
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I certainly doesn't sound like ringworm. Ringworm is more like open sores, and definitely shows up under a blacklight. Just google ringworm and see picture on humans to see what it looks like.
Perhaps you have some little insects in your home that are biting you and your son that have nothing to do with your cat? Or if you only get these where your kitten scratches you, then try clipping his nails so you don't get scratched and see if that helps. I do itch when I get scratched, but only in the exact spot of the scratch, and no rash comes up. I think I probably may be allergic to cats somewhat, but only in that way, where they have slightly punctured my skin. That's why I try to keep their nails trimmed.
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Clip those nails or get a groomer!
Is the cat on flea control? If not I would apply revolution as it kills some mites and will eliminate any possible fleas. Unless you already have the cat on a flea control or deworming product? Definitely ask the vet about trying revolution.
Have you tried allergy medication? If you rub your face in your cats coat and sniff him do your eyes burn or your nose run? You could be allergic.
Most people do not react to mites, at least no one in my family has. I suspect an allergy. Contact dermatitis comes to mind. Or possibly the bacteria is causing a skin reaction.
My cat has vision problems and gave me a deep scratch last week. It started healing over but became infected. It started itching so I immersed it in hot water, removed the scab, made sure it bled, and cleaned it again with chlorhexidine. It is still healing, but has not itched at all.
A scratch that itches usually means an infection is brewing.
If your kitten ever bites be sure to disinfect, and go see a doctor. Cat bites get infected very easily! My dad is too rough and has gotten bitten more than once. once his skin turned red and started itching all the way up his arm! He had to get iv antibiotics, as the bacteria had entered his bloodstream!
Usually that type of reaction is avoidable by disinfecting the wound immediately. I've been bitten several times and never needed the doctor. Watch for a rash which grows or follows the vein up the arm, or extreme itchiness as that can be bacterial.
Unfortunately allergic reactions follow the vein up the arm too. I'm very allergic to ants and my hand will triple in size with one bite! The itching will follow the vein up my arm. Not fun.
If you continue to have symptoms, you should see a doctor. Not all doctors know about CSF. I want you to have the info just in case.
As for your kitty, it is hard to say without seeing pictures and knowing more info. Obviously, we (at least most of us) are not vets either. It could be many things, such as mites, allergies (seasonal, environmental or food), some kind of infestation, ect. You and your kitty could be allergic to the cat litter.
Good luck. I hope you and your kitty feel better soon.
Allergies and mites would likely cause itching in your cats, but not for sure. If you have not seen any fleas or flea dirt, it is not likely fleas. However, it is possible to have fleas without seeing them. You can buy a flea comb at the drugstore to check for fleas. However, it would be more likely your vet would have seen this during the appointment. Mites would be a more likely parasite if you have not seen fleas. They are microscopic. Revolution treats fleas, mites and a few other parasites. You can ask your vet about it. It is not cheap, but you can buy it for less through Costco or online. You would not have to keep your kitty in it for a long time if your kitty is strictly indoors. One of my cats is somewhat sensitive to Revolution. I had him on it for awhile for possible fleas and/or mites. One thing that I have learned is that everyone reacts differently. Without itching, it makes me wonder if it is a bacterial or fungal infection.
Do you, your son or your cat have any other symptoms, such as fever, pain, ect? If so, that could offer clues as to what is wrong.
Sorry. I see that you had him on Revolution 3 weeks ago. For mites, you would have to keep reapplying the revolution X number of weeks for about 6-8 weeks. Ask your Vet for instructions. It is more likely a bacterial or fungal infection, but I cannot say for sure. Nevertheless, it might be a good idea to keep your kitty on the Revolution for a few months just in case. Check with your vet on this.
Also, I am concerned you and your son may have Bartonella, but I don't know. Check the links to see if anything rings a bell.
Where are your marks/rash? You could post some pics of your "bites" or rash and your kitties skin issues. Maybe it will give people an idea of what might be wrong.
Does his problem area look like any of these pictures of cat mange?
For more pictures of mange (to get a better idea what it looks like), do a Google search for "cat mange" and click on images on the Google menu. I tried to copy the link for you, but it did not work.
If your kitty goes outside, it may be harder to make sure he is not reinfested by other animals. If it is mange, I don't know if you brought him home the first time with it or if he got from going outdoors when you have had him. It is highly contagious and can jump from host to host.
Good luck! And keep us posted.
P.S. If it is mange, the mites can temporarily survive off a host. So, that is why it can greatly help to thoroughly clean your home and keep it clean until the issue resolves.
If it does not resolve with proper treatment, it could be something else. Good luck!
I'm so sorry you have had so many problems due to the breeder. That is downright awful! If your kitty came with ear mites and parasites, then he could likely have mange (aka feline scabies). If it does not go away with the proper treatment, look into other possibilities.I hope you can get everyone better soon! Also, if you use Revolution, check with your vet on how often and how long to use it. The Revolution should also treat ear mites and some internal parasites. But, check with your vet. If your or your son's skin problems keep spreading or do not go away, follow up with a doctor as well.
Keep us posted. And good luck!
Whatever treatment you use, please check with your vet and research the heck out of it. Cats are extremely "fragile" as my vet has said. Many chemicals are deadly to cats. Don't use Nustock! It can kill cats. You can see it in the reviews on Amazon. It contains pine oil, which is toxic to cats. My best advice on this is be really careful, ask your vet and do lots of research if you use alternative treatments. Some claim they are safe for cats when they are not. It makes me mad! Poor little critters!
I never meant to imply that you had to start a separate thread about the DE. I just thought you might get more of a response.
As for the loose stool, metronidazole is supposed to help resolve diarrhea and loose stool. You could also try unsweetened pumpkin (not the pie filling; no other ingredients besides pumpkin).
Although this is for constipation, it also applies for loose stool.
You could also try probiotics.
It sounds like this breeder is very suspect. If the breeder is that bad, I would not take him back there. I'm not telling you what to do though. It's awful! You could look into pet insurance now while he is young to help with vet bills. There are some good threads on that. Very helpful info!
Keep us posted!
Loose stool can take a while to resolve. It might be due to a change in diet. If you are giving him a different food than the breeder, it could upset his tummy. Food changes need to be very gradual. Even then, they can upset the tummy. He could potentially have or get IBD. Canned food is better for kitties. You could try the pumpkin. Give it some time. I would not think that you don't need to run up a bunch of expensive tests for loose stool quite yet. Of course, I don't know all the facts and am not a vet. But give it some time to resolve.
As for the expense, cats and other pets can get quite sick. They are like humans. I think it might be worthwhile to check out the pet insurance. However, I have not ever purchased it. So, make sure you research it. I have been considering getting it. This late in the game, my kitties would have a lot of exclusions.
If you continue to use the Revolution, you might be able to get twice the amount at Costco for about the same price at the Vet. Your vet can call it in to Costco's pharmacy (or an Online alternative). All you have to do is ask. You can tell them you're on a tight budget.
Hang in there! I hope your husband comes around. Cats are truly amazing creatures. Mine have gotten me through a lot of difficult times. I would not trade them for the World!