(Closed) Anyone dealt with ringworm with cats?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
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Sugar bee

I had a similar issue when we adopted a kitten. It’s really common in shelters. I had two other cats at the time, and they all ended up getting it. The older cats actually were mostly fine, but the kitten was covered in awful painful looking patches and miserable. I did the oral antifungals and the medicated shampoo. It’s really contagious and my Fiance actually ended up getting a patch of it on his arm – make sure you wash your hands frequently. Wash everything he’s come in contact with.

If you saw one patch already, please take the kitten back to the vet ASAP, because it spreads quickly. The kitten will need medication, usually lamisil, to treat it. Topical antifungals are not enough. I’m really surprised you weren’t given it last time. Even if it looks like it’s gone away, make sure to finish the antifungals.

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Sugar bee

Good luck! I know it’s kind of a nightmare, but if it helps, after our kitten got through that, it never came back again.

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Sugar bee

Oh, and here’s a gratuitous cat pic to cheer you up!

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ladybug55078:  I can’t speak for cats, but I had ringworm when I was younger and treated it with antifungal cream and it took a long time to go away (a couple months probably for the largest one that was about the size of a half dollar). I even had it completely go away only to return months later. The good news is that it’s probably not all that painful as long as you keep the skin treated and don’t allow it to get irritated from dryness or scratching. I agree that oral antifungals are probably your best bet and make sure that you are keeping very clean to avoid catching it yourself. 

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ladybug55078:  They are cute and believe me, they know it!! I’m glad you were able to get an appointment so quickly.

Yes it does take a while to go away. But honestly we have had a fair number of issues with my cats, and ringworm was probably the easiest to deal with. I think he was on the oral anti fungal for two weeks. When mine had it, I googled, and was sure it would never go away!! I think even once you can’t see it, it’s still there, so that’s why it’s important to keep treating him until the meds are gone and be thorough with the cleaning. If you get any spots just remember it’s not really harmful to us, and you can put some athletes foot cream on it (or some monistat).

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