Caring for cat with ringworm

Pets & Animals Blog

Ringworm is a common fungal infection in cats, particularly cats that have come from group living situations including rescue shelters or crowded houses. While not serious, ring worm can be very infectious and is very itchy so it is important to get your pet looked after. Here are some tips. 

Get the cat assessed by a vet

Depending on how serious the ringworm is the cat may either need to have an anti-fungal cream applied or take some oral medication for more serious outbreak. Take the advice of the vet and keep the medication going until you get the all clear. 

Wash hands after touching the cats

As ringworm is really infectious it is important to wash your hands after every time you touch the cats. However you shouldn't withhold affection just because your cat has ringworm as they may already be a little out of sorts and really need those tummy rubs and head scratches. Equally make sure that you keep their bedding washed and make sure to keep them away from other cats as much as possible. 

Regularly bathe your cats with a medicated shampoo once any open wounds are healed

Once the most serious part of the infestation is over you need to wash your cats with a medicated shampoo to prevent occurrence. Not surprisingly many cats do not enjoy this part of the process. Here are some of your options. 

  1. Try washing your cat at home. You can buy a medicated shampoo from the vet or pet store and try gently washing the cat at home in a sink or tub. Slowly introduced them to the warm water and wear long gloves in case they scratch or try to climb over you to leave the room. 
  2. Take them to the vet. The vet will usually offer this service but it can be an expensive option on a regular basis. It can also be stressful for you and your cat, particularly if they don't enjoy the cat carrier. 
  3. Organise a mobile pet washing and grooming service to come to the house. Most mobile pet washing services are happy to use a medicated shampoo as long as you advise them beforehand that the cat has had ringworm. They have specialist washing equipment and a lot of experience in making sure that the washing experience is as calm and pleasant as possible for the cat.  Ring worm is an easy to treat condition and is no cause for concern. Getting help from professionals can help to make the treatment and washing process much easier.


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