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~ cat scratch disease??? ~

Posted by @amberpep, Thu, Oct 11 4:25pm

About 10 days ago I took one of my cats to the Vet … he hates to be put in a crate and he's huge – 18 lb. I "burrito" him, but he often wiggles out. This time when he wiggled out he scratched me in 3 places, one on my forearm, one on my leg, and one on my left upper arm. I didn't think too much of it. Then a few days later there was what looked like a small pimple on the one on my upper arm, so I cleaned it out, and it bled and bled. I got it stopped, cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide and then antibiotic ointment, covered it well with a bandage overnight. Next morning it looked like a blood blister. I tried cleaning it with alcohol, and again it opened and bled and bled. I got it stopped and again went through the same routine, using alcohol, antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Next day, it was back again. This went on for several days til I stopped trying to clean it out, just patted it with alcohol, antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Then I tried to let it air out over night, but it still looks the same. It's like a 1/8"+ size blood bump, and the area around it, about 1/4 ring is somewhat red. What does this sound like to you all? I'm thinking of going to the doctor tomorrow, but he's always full, so I'll go to one of those Med. Express places, but you have to pay up front there for the whole thing. Please, anyone …. any ideas what this is and could I cure it on my own?
Thanks much,
abby

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Hi @amberpep. Those symptoms sound awful and very confusing. It’s great that you have decided to go to the doctor for further examination. I see in other posts you have made that you believe this to be cat scratch fever.

Here is some more information on cat scratch fever or cat scratch disease that I thought you may find interesting:
https://www.healthline.com/health/cat-scratch-disease#symptoms-in-cats
https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/cat-scratch.html

@jenkie and @jlfisher56 both have experience with cat scratch fever and may be able to help you figure out what this is.

Have you had a chance to go to the doctor or MedExpress yet? What did you find out?

@ amberpep My opinion is GO!!! to whatever place you can get in, even if you have to pay up front! You've been treating it yourself for several days, it sounds like it is not improving – possibly getting worse – perhaps you need a prescription for an antibiotic.

Hi @amberpep, this happened with my wife also. One of our cats that doesn't like to be picked up swatted her on the arm and had redness around it. She went to the doctor and was given some antibiotics which cleared it up after a few days. So I would definitely make a doctors appointment as soon as possible. Pssst…those kitty claws are always in the litter box digging around ☺

@ethanmcconkey

Hi @amberpep. Those symptoms sound awful and very confusing. It’s great that you have decided to go to the doctor for further examination. I see in other posts you have made that you believe this to be cat scratch fever.

Here is some more information on cat scratch fever or cat scratch disease that I thought you may find interesting:
https://www.healthline.com/health/cat-scratch-disease#symptoms-in-cats
https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/cat-scratch.html

@jenkie and @jlfisher56 both have experience with cat scratch fever and may be able to help you figure out what this is.

Have you had a chance to go to the doctor or MedExpress yet? What did you find out?

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Hi Ethan …. thank you so much for your input. Now today it seems to be drying out and not looking so awful. I'll wait another day or so before I decide what to do.
abby

@barbarn

@ amberpep My opinion is GO!!! to whatever place you can get in, even if you have to pay up front! You've been treating it yourself for several days, it sounds like it is not improving – possibly getting worse – perhaps you need a prescription for an antibiotic.

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Thanks barbarn …. It seems to be drying out now, so I think I'll wait a day or so. I do think if I opened it, it would bleed and bleed again though. But, since it seems to be drying out, I'll wait a day or two.

@johnbishop

Hi @amberpep, this happened with my wife also. One of our cats that doesn't like to be picked up swatted her on the arm and had redness around it. She went to the doctor and was given some antibiotics which cleared it up after a few days. So I would definitely make a doctors appointment as soon as possible. Pssst…those kitty claws are always in the litter box digging around ☺

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Thanks John …. Since it seems to be drying up, I'll wait or two. If by then it's not gone, I'll go. I've never had anything like this before.
abby

About the same but I know if I bumped that lump in the middle it would bleed again. I've still got the headache and also fatigue. I'm still not sure at all what to do since it seems to be improving some.
abby

Well, I finally went to the doctor, and while it looks like it's drying up, she said that if somehow the top again gets bumped off, it will bleed as badly as before. And I am to watch the other 2 places where he got me. It is Cat Scratch Fever which explains the headache and extreme fatigue. She gave me a tetanus shot, and Rx's for 2 different antibiotics. She said my headache and fatigue should begin to improve in a few days.
Thanks everyone.
abbt

@amberpep

Well, I finally went to the doctor, and while it looks like it's drying up, she said that if somehow the top again gets bumped off, it will bleed as badly as before. And I am to watch the other 2 places where he got me. It is Cat Scratch Fever which explains the headache and extreme fatigue. She gave me a tetanus shot, and Rx's for 2 different antibiotics. She said my headache and fatigue should begin to improve in a few days.
Thanks everyone.
abbt

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That’s good news.

@amberpep that's great that the doctor was able to help! Please let us know how the prescriptions work out. Hopefully, as you said, the headache and fatigue improves in a few days!

@amberpep I am so happy to hear that you went to dr! cat scractches are not to wait and see…

Hi all ….The doctor Rx-d Doxycycline and something called Clindamycin. I've used the Doxy many times and never had any trouble, but never had the other one. The first thing I noticed after I took the first Clindamycin I had the worst heartburn I've ever had … I never get that. I was actually drinking Pepto Bismol right out of the bottle, and I was also very nauseated. I used it for one day (4 capsules) and same thing. I used the Doxy and finished that, but not the other. Yesterday I called her and left a message and asked her to please call me back. I have not heard anything yet, so I'm sure she's busy. When I took a shower yesterday, a scab type thing came off, and it bled and now this AM it looks just like it did originally, nasty. I don't know what to do about Shadow. I sure don't want to go through this again, and he's so big that he's impossible to get in the crate. I wrap him like a burrito, but he's so strong I can't keep him in it. H E L P …. anyone!
abby

@amberpep

Hi all ….The doctor Rx-d Doxycycline and something called Clindamycin. I've used the Doxy many times and never had any trouble, but never had the other one. The first thing I noticed after I took the first Clindamycin I had the worst heartburn I've ever had … I never get that. I was actually drinking Pepto Bismol right out of the bottle, and I was also very nauseated. I used it for one day (4 capsules) and same thing. I used the Doxy and finished that, but not the other. Yesterday I called her and left a message and asked her to please call me back. I have not heard anything yet, so I'm sure she's busy. When I took a shower yesterday, a scab type thing came off, and it bled and now this AM it looks just like it did originally, nasty. I don't know what to do about Shadow. I sure don't want to go through this again, and he's so big that he's impossible to get in the crate. I wrap him like a burrito, but he's so strong I can't keep him in it. H E L P …. anyone!
abby

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Hi Abby @amberprep, do they have any urgent care locations near you? What are you trying to do with Shadow – just get him in a pet crate? I have a large cat that I've always had trouble getting him in the crates with front doors/latches so I bought a soft crate that can load from the top and has a zippered lid as well as a front opening with a zipper. I found it easier to drop him in rather than trying to stuff him in the front door of the crate. The other option is keep their claws trimmed so they don't have the really sharp points that dig into you.

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@johnbishop

Hi Abby @amberprep, do they have any urgent care locations near you? What are you trying to do with Shadow – just get him in a pet crate? I have a large cat that I've always had trouble getting him in the crates with front doors/latches so I bought a soft crate that can load from the top and has a zippered lid as well as a front opening with a zipper. I found it easier to drop him in rather than trying to stuff him in the front door of the crate. The other option is keep their claws trimmed so they don't have the really sharp points that dig into you.

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@amberpep – my daughter had har cat 'de-clawed', but then it becomes an always in-door cat as it has no defense when it goes outside. agree with John – go to urgent care…today.

@amberpep

Hi all ….The doctor Rx-d Doxycycline and something called Clindamycin. I've used the Doxy many times and never had any trouble, but never had the other one. The first thing I noticed after I took the first Clindamycin I had the worst heartburn I've ever had … I never get that. I was actually drinking Pepto Bismol right out of the bottle, and I was also very nauseated. I used it for one day (4 capsules) and same thing. I used the Doxy and finished that, but not the other. Yesterday I called her and left a message and asked her to please call me back. I have not heard anything yet, so I'm sure she's busy. When I took a shower yesterday, a scab type thing came off, and it bled and now this AM it looks just like it did originally, nasty. I don't know what to do about Shadow. I sure don't want to go through this again, and he's so big that he's impossible to get in the crate. I wrap him like a burrito, but he's so strong I can't keep him in it. H E L P …. anyone!
abby

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It appears you are on 2 different antibiotics and that alone can be hard on the stomach, plus you are dealing with symptoms of your Cat Scratch Fever. I am allergic to sulfa based antibiotics so understand reacting to some classes of antibiotics and not to others, although the Doxy is fine for me and can help with Perioral Eczema or Rosacea. I also use a topical form of Clindamycin Phosphate 1% solution if my scabs from eczema have broken though. I have never taken it orally. This topical antibiotic has kept me from ever having the erupted eczema get infected. Perhaps you can ask your doctor if this could be helpful at your scratch site. Yet if your entire body is affected by a diseased reaction from your scratch, not just the local site I understand why you may need oral antibiotics.

Consider getting a pair of of welding gloves or long leather gloves that go midway up the forearm used for rose pruning, I have a pair and they have saved my arms. if you need to put your cat in a crate put these on. Also consider placing a treat in the crate like a sardine or catnip. Let the cat smell these goodies for a while then try putting her in.

In the old days before new treatments for fleas our only options were flea powder and flea shampoo. I have had calm wonderful cats I could put in the sink and they tolerated bathing, perhaps recognizing it was for their own good. One very nasty cat I detested for multiple reasons hated bathing. I could not handle her alone, so my husband put on his welding gloves and would hold her while I bathed her. No more bites or scratches on his arms. This nasty cat was always angry, screaming and demanding and loved to hunt at night. One day I had had it and decided when she got back the next morning I was taking her to the pound. She never came back. I do believe cats have a 6th sense.

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