Ringworm in cats. Learn what you can do to prevent it and how to cure it

Ringworm in cats is a form of skin disease and even though its name has worms in it, any type of worm actually does not cause it. It’s caused by a fungus known as Dermatophytes that feed on dead tissues found in the surface of the skin and spread around.

Cats generally get this disease from contaminated objects like bedding and clippers and infected animals. If you own a kitten or cat that is under a year old, be more cautious since they are more susceptible to this.

A sign of this skin disease in you cat would be a patch of scaly skin on the body that appears itchy and inflamed and could be easily identified or appear as a red ring or a circle. This area would be very sensitive and it will hurt the cat if you touch it but it is not itchy. There would be hair loss, broken or rough hairs around the head or the paws of the cat. If you notice a bald spot on your cat, you should get it checked.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call you vet immediately. He or she will prescribe ointment or tablets, depending on how serious the it is. If the vet prescribes tablets, you should give it to your cat with their meals. With ointment, you have to spread it into the coat of your cat. The healing course will take time, normally around six weeks or more and can result in serious problems because of the slow recovery time.

This is very contagious disease and can be transmitted between species. If you have kids in the house, you should keep them away from your cat. Use gloves when handling your infected cat and of course caution.

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