General information on Ringworm
Ringworm is a plant-like growth that can invade a cat's hair and hair follicles. It is not a worm. Ringworm is caused, in most cases, by a fungus called Microsporum canis. Ringworm can be spread to humans and other pets in the household. It is highly contagious and can be spread from cat to dog to human.
Symptoms of Ringworm
Typically, Ringworm is a circle that spreads producing hair loss and scaly skin at it's center, with a red ring at the edges. Cats may not show the typical signs of Ringworm and on occasion you may only see scaly patches, a few broken hairs around the face and ears or some irregular hair loss. If Ringworm infects the cat's toenails, the nails will be deformed when they grow out. Scabs and crusts may appear which may lead to sores that drain. These sores can cause the cat to lick and scratch. Younger cats (usually under 12 months), cats that are poorly nourished and cats whose immune system is compromised by disease may be more susceptible.
Treatments for Ringworm
Treatment for Ringworm in cats may include clipping away t he infected hair at the edges of the Ringworm patch and cleansing the area with Betadine solution. Application of an anti fungal cream or ointment once a day to the area and surrounding skin should follow cleansing. To treat infected sores, a topical antibiotic ointment can be used. Generally, treatment should continue for 4 to 6 weeks. To prevent reinfection, the cat's bedding should be discarded. The home should be cleaned thoroughly to remove infected hair, including vacuuming, mopping floors and other hard surfaces, such as counter tops, with diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) . Rubber gloves should be used when handling the infected cat and it's bedding to prevent human infection. Should clothing or fabric become contaminated, they should be boiled or washed in bleach to kill the fungal spores. Your vet may use use an ultraviolet Wood's lamp (or black light) on your cat, or he may use microscopic examination of the cat's hair to diagnosis Ringworm quickly. Always follow your vet's instructions.
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Ringworm experience by - Pickle
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
My female cat Pickle seems is unhappy and change her sitting place constantly even on surfaces she never liked before. First she has arthritis on her hinder leg but recently got those scaly hear loss chapters on her back and head.
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