Ringworm is something that a high percentage of cats will endure at some point in their lifetime. It’s known as a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin, which is often caused by Microsporum Canis. It’s not actually caused by a worm as it sounds.
This disease can be spread from person to person, animal to person, or can be spread through soil or other contaminated objects. These spores can actually survive many years depending on the conditions. The three areas that becomes infected is the nails, scalp, and body.
Types Of Ringworms Found On Cats
Ringworm is typically found in long-haired cats, young cats, and those cats that already have some type of skin disease which increases their chance of being infected. While there are several different types of organisms that may cause ringworm a few of the more common ones include Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum gypseum, and Microsporum canis.
Diagnosis And Treatment
Things you should watch for is scaly or inflamed skin, severe itching, areas of hair loss, and patches that appear to be similar to acne or dandruff.
Treating ringworm can become expensive especially if you have more pets inside your home. Some of the most common treatments include using anti-fungal shampoos and creams, antiseptics, and a variety of oral medications. Often Griseofulvin will be prescribed and will need to be given with food.