Are you a proud owner of a pet cat? As with all other pets, you have to carry out general measures to maintain your cat’s well being—the usual feeding, grooming and caring for them. One of the things to look out for? Ringworm—a condition that causes severe discomfort and irritation. Ringworm is in fact not caused by worms at all but by fungal infections, particularly the organisms called dermatophytes, which attack dead skin layers. It attacks humans and animals as well, and cats are at risk, particularly those of the longhaired breeds. In fact, ringworm is determined to be the most common skin infection among cats. The worst part is, they can pass on their condition to humans.
That’s why it’s very important not just for your pet but also for you and your family to know how to recognize the symptoms of ringworm and how to treat your pet. Symptoms of feline ringworm can easily be seen on your cat’s skin (from its scalp to its paws). Some of these symptoms are reddish, bald spots on the fur, red pimples in the shape of an oval or a circle, dry and scaly skin, and itchiness. In humans, ringworm is associated with such conditions as athlete’s foot. This is why human treatment of ringworm is associated with athlete’s foot treatment and athletes foot cure.
If your cat exhibits symptoms of feline ringworm, what are the different types of medicine and treatment that you could give? Here are some of the common medicines used to give cure for feline ringworm:
- Topical creams. Anti-fungal topical creams are applied over the lesions or areas of the skin that shows the ringworm symptoms. Some commercial examples of these creams include thiabendazole and miconazole creams. If the cat has particularly long hair, then it is recommended that it be clipped first before these creams are applied. Make sure that you protect your hands with a pair of gloves when applying these ointments, or you could use Qtips for application.
- Shampoos. If the ringworm symptoms are already widespread, it is better to give your cat a bath using lime sulfur dips or micozanole or enilconazole shampoos. Do know that lime sulfur dips come with a bad odor and may turn your cat’s fur yellow – but the good thing is that these conditions are just temporary.
- Oral antifungal medicine. For really severe cases, and in cases when the symptoms have spread to the cat’s nails, medicines taken orally are recommended. Some examples of oral antifungal medicine include terbafine and itraconazole. Another instance when oral medicine is prescribed is when topical treatment has been administered for 2-4 weeks but without any sign of improvement.
- Clean the house thoroughly. During treatment, know that spores of the fungi can be present around the cat’s room (or the area it frequents). It’s very important they these be eliminated or at the very least reduced, to prevent the condition’s recurrence. To clean, avoid sweeping or dusting since these actions actually help the spread of spores. Instead, make sure that you vacuum the room thoroughly, and use diluted bleach to damp-mop the cat’s room. All the cat’s things, such as its bedding and grooming tools, must be disinfected as well.
There you have it! These are just some of the ways to cure feline ringworm. Remember, as with seeking treatment for other skin diseases and conditions (such as treatment for acne, and natural acne cure for humans), treatment for feline ringworm must be administered faithfully and carefully until its veterinarian has declared him free of its condition.