Originally Posted by nanook
I'm having a little bit of a hard time understanding exactly what's going on.
So, a while back he had gotten cut up somehow. He recovered from that. At the same time he got into the Raid (probably a good idea not to use those products around pets at all) and recovered? Or has he not been right since? Meanwhile, he's also developed some sort of rash or skin problem. AND NOW his fur is all clumpy, he's hiding and hissing at you. Is that about right?
Well, with all that's going on, I would take him back to the vet and get a full work up (blood and urine) but here are my thoughts. The skin thing could be just residue from the injury or an allergy of some sort. If it coincides with the Raid incident, I'd guess it's either a bad reaction or a chemical burn. It could also be flea allergies. It's very common to get patches of scabby skin from itchy flea bites. If not, I'd start trying to see if it's something in his food. What is he eating? And eliminate as many environmental allergens as you can: scented/anti microbial litter, air fresheners, things like that.
As for the clumpy, wet looking fur and hissing, that's much more worrisome. When a cat is sick their fur often looks like what you've described. Either from lack of grooming or just plain sickness. Especially, because of the Raid thing, I would be very concerned about kidney or liver damage. He may have gotten enough for his little body to not be able to filter it out.
I know it's upsetting and frustrating, but it's all part of having a pet. Sometimes they get injured, get into trouble or become ill, just like children, and they depend on you to take care of them. I really think he needs to get back to the vet pronto.
Actually not really these are the series of events...
Found him limping well over a month ago. Found out he cut himself on something (not sure what still haven't been able to find the culprate) in a few different places. Got him to the vet, got him stitched up and he was in a cast and a cone for a few weeks.
After getting his cone and cast off about a week later I noticed a weird tough skin on his outter arm by one of his cuts. It was like a giant peice of dandruff. Was concerned enough to call the vet and made an appointment for a few days later...
Visit to the vet day came. Woke up from a text from my step-dad saying that he sprayed raid because he saw 3 giant waterbugs from outside. He forgot about Satan and went to work. We (my mother and I) know better...we never use that inside the house. Infact the raid he used was for outdoors. I walked out to find Satan with raid in his fur, his arms, his face...etc.
Rushed him to the vet because of the raid. She said because we weren't sure what time he infact got into the raid and it was HOURS after I woke up that I found him. It was between 8am and 12pm that he did and we didn't get him to the vet till 3pm....so the time elapsed. She said we'd just need to keep an eye on him for 72 hours to make sure he's not convulsing. The skin issue became secondary and she basically wrote it off as nothing to worry about and it would clear up on it's own.
I forgot to mention while at the vet that because he's not the nicest kitty because he was a feral she prescribed him Cyproheptadine. I'm wondering if this is the possible reason for him not feeling well ontop of the whole raid thing.
I can't afford the vet...I'm well in debt because of the credit I've had to use to take him to the vet in the last year. I don't have a job right now so it's hard enough making the payments on the credit cards that I maxed out on him. I'm going to call the vet tomorrow and see what she thinks. I think maybe if she's wrong they should do tests for free because I told her over and over that something was wrong.
I was looking at his face right now...his poor eyes he looks sick. His mouth is crusty around the edges, his nose is dry yet it's running and the fluid coming out bubbles when he breathes. He's either sneezing or sighing (not often but I've heard him twice since he's been laying on the couch with me).