How to tell if my cat has ringworm
Do you think your cat can have ringworm ? This type of skin condition is highly contagious so if you suspect that your pet may suffer from it, it is important that you treat it as soon as possible to try to eliminate the fungus as quickly as possible. In this article we are going to tell you how to know if a cat has ringworm indicating both the most common symptoms of this disease and the treatment that is usually prescribed. Keep in mind that if you catch it in time you will be warning other animals and even the members of your family to suffer from this condition, since it is contagious also for people.
Ringworm is a dermatological condition caused by the spread of fungi. Not only affects cats but dogs and people can also suffer from ringworm; in we tell you how to diagnose ringworm. In addition to this, it is a highly contagious disease that can perfectly pass from animals to humans and vice versa.
This fungus feeds on the keratin that is in the body, especially in the area of skin, hair and nails, therefore, it is common to see how these parts are damaged, without fur and with a large presence of the fungus. As soon as you detect any anomaly of this type, it is advisable that you go to a veterinarian to stop its reproduction and get the feline cured as soon as possible.
To know if a cat has ringworm you will have to be alert of the different physical manifestations that this disease produces on the body of the animal. We have already pointed out that the parts that are most affected are the coat and nails but there are also other signs that can announce that the cat is suffering from this condition:
- Broken nails : if you see that your nails are more brittle or break more easily, it may be because you have the fungus installed in this area.
- Appearance of bald spots : it is also very common for ringworm to cause hair loss and, therefore, the animal appears with significant bald spots.
- It scratches a lot : if you notice that your cat lately scratches more frequently, you may have some type of skin condition that can be ringworm. But not only scratches can be a symptom of this but also if you see that it nibbles or licks much more usual.
- Scabs : if you see that in some parts of the body of the animal there are scabs or peeling, it is possible that these are caused by the fungus.
- Different smell: ringworm also causes the odor coming from the animal to be different from the usual one because the fungus is modifying its body odor.
In addition to this, it is also important to know that the areas that are affected early are the ears and limbs, so if you detect any of the symptoms of ringworm in cats that we have just detailed, we advise you to go Immediately to the veterinarian to know what is the treatment indicated to be able to cure your pet.
The reproduction of ringworm is very fast and in a few days it is possible that the sign you saw in the ears, for example, has spread throughout the body. So it is important to treat you immediately to control the disease and, above all, to have your family and your environment properly protected.
Once you have detected that the cat has ringworm, the next thing is to take it to the veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis and discard another type of more serious disease that can cause this alteration in the skin (such as, for example, cat leukemia). The specialist will prescribe the best treatment for ringworm that will cause the cat to get rid of the infectious fungus.
The most common is to be prescribed a powder, ointment or cream treatment. It is true that there are medications that are given orally but are recommended only for serious cases because they are much more aggressive and can damage the body of the cat.
Anyway, before applying the treatment that you have indicated the veterinarian will be necessary to do a cleaning with iodine or with an antiseptic to disinfect the skin of the cat. Once clean, you can proceed to throw the product that you have indicated and repeat the process according to the prescribed dosage. Keep in mind that you must be patient because it is a long treatment that can last up to 3 months.