Health Database: Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection caused by a fungus. Patches of hair loss and/or a red, scaley circle on the skin might be symptoms. Some cats might have ringworm and not exhibit any symptoms. If you have more than one cat, it makes little difference whether one has it since ringworm is so infectious that you will have to treat all of them. Treatment normally lasts 6-8 weeks, but you must adhere to it. Here are some treatment options for the condition.

  1. Shave the cat’s hair and put him/her on a vet-prescribed oral medicine. (Spotodiax is said to be superior than Fulvicin since it has less adverse effects.) Consult your veterinarian.)
  2. Lamisil may be used topically to infected regions in both humans and cats.
  3. Dip the cat twice a week in LymDyp.
  4. Sprinkle Lotrimin Athlete’s Foot Powder on the floor twice daily, then vacuum (be sure to change the bag after each time).
  5. Spray a diluted clorox solution all over the home, including furniture, carpets, and walls.
  6. Perform a daily examination using a black light.
  7. Launder whites with an antifungal washing ingredient and lots of bleach.
  8. Spray the cat’s coat everyday with diluted clorox bleach in water (1 part chlorine bleach + 30 parts water).

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