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Ringworm in Cats

Ringworm is a type of infection that is often caused by fungus that grows on the surface of the skin, hair or nails. This condition is often very common skin infections that are found in cats. This condition may also be found on the hair, the skin and even the claws. Read below where some of the commonly asked questions regarding ringworm in cats’ treatment, symptoms and signs have been answered by Experts.

Can Fluxonale be given to a kitten to treat ringworm?

Fluxonale may be given orally in order to treat ringworms in cats. In the case the cat has been affected in more than one area, then the cat may be given an oral medication such as Fluxonale and may be bathed in an anti fungal shampoo such as Cholorhexidine shampoo twice a week in order to remove the sores from the coat of the cat.

Will the cat’s fur grow back if it was affected by ringworm and a culture came back negative?

If a patch of fur has been affected by the ringworm and the cat has been tested and the culture was negative, the fur may grow back over a period of time. However, an individual may not be able to tell for sure if the fur will grow back or not if the patch was not tested.

For how long should a ringworm be treated?

Most veterinarians recommend treating ringworms in cats till two negative cultures can be obtained. The time between both the cultures should be 1-2 weeks.

Is there any remedy to control the spread of ringworms in a kitten?

One of the ways to control the spread of ringworms in kittens would be a lime sulphur dip. This dip is a non toxic solution and may be easily available over the counter at different pet shops and feed stores. The individual may drench the kitten and remove the excess solution with a towel. This may be repeated at weekly intervals. If there are any spots that are close to the kitten’s eyes, the individual may dab the dip on the spots with cotton or gauze.

Will a kitten be contagious for ringworm after treatment has started?

Since the kitten is covered with hair, the cat may still be contagious for a while longer after treatment has been given for ringworms. The individual may need to take a few precautions such as not touching the kitten as much as possible and washing their hands if there is any contact.

How long will it take Griseofulvin to start working on ringworms in cats?

Most of the times, it may take at least 4 weeks for Griseofulvin to start working on ringworms in a cat. The Griseofulvin may be given once a day. However, if the drug is being administered to kittens, some vets may recommend giving it just once a week because the kittens can be extremely sensitive to it.

Are there any over the counter medications to treat ringworms in cats?

If there is just one lesion from the ringworm, the cat may be treated with the help of over the counter medications. The individual may try topical therapy to treat it. He/she may buy an over the counter anti-fungal cream that has Miconazole. A small amount of this may be applied twice everyday for a minimum of 7-10 days. The cat should also be bathed at least once a week in an anti-fungal shampoo like Chlorhexidine shampoo.

Ringworms are known to be contagious and therefore it is important to treat this condition on time. In the case this condition is left untreated, the spores may fall off whenever the cat goes and infects anyone who may come in contact with the cat. There may be a number of things that an individual may need to do in order to control and treat the ringworms in a cat. Individuals may ask an Expert if they have any specific questions about ringworms or need more information about ringworms in cats.
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