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Ringworm In Cats
 
Contrary to common belief, ringworm is not caused by any type of worm or associated with worms. It is a skin disease that is caused by a type of fungi called Dermatophytes. Ringworm is a common skin disease that affects both cats and dogs. The fungal infection tends to feed on the dead skin tissues on the surface of the skin.

There is also another kind of fungi called M Canis that is found in almost 95% of ringworms cases in cats. There are a number of ways that cats can get infected with ringworms. One of the ways is by contact with contaminated things like bedding, toys, clippers and mats. Another way is through contact with other animals that are infected with ringworms.

Take extra precaution if you have kittens or very young cats in the house. They have a tendency to catch ringworm infection easily. Kittens can easily contract the infection from another infected cat or contaminated object if they are allow to go outside the house. As kittens are still at a stage of building up their immune system, they are not as strong as an adult cat to defend the infection. That is why most of the cases of ringworm infections are found in kittens.

To identify if your cat has caught ringworm, look out for these symptoms: hair loss around the head or paws, scaly skin patch on the body and broken hair around the patch of scaly skin. There is also the symptom of persistent itch on the infected area. The part of the body that is infected with ringworm is very tender and should be handle with care. Do not try to touch it, as it is very sensitive and painful for the cat. It is best left to the veterinarian to treat it.

If you suspect that your cat is infected with ringworm, you should bring it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The doctor can prescribe suitable medication upon diagnosis. Treating ringworms in cats takes some time, usually around 6 weeks or more.

If your cat is infected with ringworm, be very careful not to let your children get near it. Ringworm is highly contagious and very troublesome to take care of. Therefore, you should always practice precaution when handling your infected cat. Use gloves whenever you have to give treatment to your cat. Although ringworm is non-life threatening, once infected, it is very uncomfortable and takes time to heal.