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
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
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.