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Ringworms are a common condition in humans but pet owners everywhere dread having to deal with ringworms in their cats. Getting rid of ringworms and the overall treatment of the condition can be quite expensive as well as time-consuming. So instead of going to the vet every time, some pet owners try to treat the condition from the comfort of their home. Cats who are brought up indoors can get ringworms from their owners or from other infected surfaces. Despite the name, ringworm isn’t a type of worm at all but a fungus that can affect the hair, nails, and skin.
Symptoms Of Ringworm
Typical signs that a cat has ringworms is the appearance of lesions on the head, forelimbs, and ears. Ringworms can appear red in the center with flaky patches towards the sides. In its initial stages, it looks like dandruff and as it progresses, the signs appear more severe as the infections can spread through the whole body. Sometimes, you will not be able to find any symptoms at all as fungal spores can remain dormant for a long period of time.
Ways To Prevent And Treat Ringworm
- Use anti-fungal creams
These ointments and sprays can be bought over the counter and are lifesavers when it comes to treating ringworms in cats. They are affordable and provide fast relief.
- Give your cat oral medications.
Oral medications like Itraconazole among others are guaranteed to prevent ringworm in felines. These medications block the spores from sticking to the cat’s fur.
- Bathe your cat.
One of the most effective home remedies for treating cats with ringworms is bathing them using an anti-fungal shampoo. You can use these shampoos on felines that aren’t infected to prevent infection. Go over the usage of the shampoo with your vet.
- Apply lime sulfur dips.
These are another guaranteed remedy for treating feline ringworm. Apply lime sulfur dips to the infected area at least once a week. Lime sulfur dips aren’t exclusively for felines. They can also be used for other infected pets in your household.
- Patience is a virtue.
There are no remedies that promise immediate results. You will start seeing results within 3 weeks of the treatment so it’s important to stay patient.
- Clean Household Surfaces
Indoor cats can acquire ringworm from infected surfaces in the house. Throw away infected items and clean all surfaces with hot water and a bleach solution.
- Keep infected pets quarantined.
When your infected pets are roaming around the house, they have a higher chance of infecting you, your children, and other surfaces in the house.
- Clean your house thoroughly.
Make sure you vacuum your entire house regularly during and after the ringworm treatment. Wash you feline’s bedding, toys, collars, bowls, and other items.
To make sure that your cat is completely cured, it is advisable to continue treatment until you start seeing a change in her lesions and general behavior.