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I need help cat has ringworm

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Evie08, Jul 9, 2017.


  1. Evie08

    Evie08 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, my cat has been diagnosed with ringworm. Unfortunately myself and my son have caught it from him as well. He has got a antifungal cream to apply on his nose where it started, but in two days it's spread to three of his paws! Both myself and my son have come in with another ring each as well!! I'm cleaning like mad, bleach everything. Hoovering everyday. Then bleaching my hoover after each use. Stopped him from going upstairs, and done a massive deep clean upstairs. I constantly feel itchy!! I only adopted him 4 months ago and have had nothing but trouble with the poor cat it's not his fault but I've spent most of my time either in the vets, giving him medicine.
    What's else can I do to control this horrible thing?
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hi there, topical treatment on its own for ringworm is not always effective and it is often best to use a combination of systemic treatment and topical.

    Ringworm spores are hard to get rid of from the home environment and can live for up to 2 yrs. If your vacuum cleaner has bags it is a good idea to burn each bag as you finish using it use it because this is the best way to kill the spores. Using bleach to clean hard surfaces, as you are doing, is also advised.

    You many find it helpful to read this article by Icat Care on Ringworm in cats:

    https://icatcare.org/advice/cat-health/dermatophytosis-ringworm-cats

    If you adopted your cat from a Rescue you should let them know about the various health issues he has had ever since you got him. They may be able to help towards the vet bills (if you have no pet insurance) though may require you to use their own vet if so.
     
  3. Evie08

    Evie08 PetForums Newbie

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    I've had nothing but trouble with the poor little cat since I got him, he came to me with a horrible bite wound from another cat which they apparently didn't notice, 2 days after I got him two abscess' burst and had an infection that nearly reached his stomach and made his leg weak, after all the treatment, then the result of that he damaged his knee from his weak leg! Then caught a chest infection and now has ringworm this is all in 4 months. The cat is always on tender hooks that I'm going to be giving medication to him, cream on him bucket on his head. I feel as if I had my fair share of trouble with this cat, and it's not is fault at all, but I do really feel like giving him back
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I am very sorry to hear this. :( Sounds like the poor little fellow has really been in the wars, bless him, and it can't have been easy at all for you. I am glad you have persevered with him. :)

    Have you spoken to the Rescue and asked for help with vet bills? (if you are not insured i.e.)
     
  5. Evie08

    Evie08 PetForums Newbie

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    He really has been through the wars, which is a shame as he is loving and happy but is becoming very wary of me as I'm constantly applying some sort of medication.

    They aren't really willing to help with the ringworm situation which is what I understand. But I'm at ringing them tomorrow to see if they will take him back. As both me and my son are breaking out in ringworm.
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Ringworm does have a limited span and will resolve on its own eventually as the body deals with it. But treatment with topical and systemic medicines can shorten the length of time.

    Sorry to hear you may be giving him back to the Rescue. It may be they will help you with expenses rather than have him back.
     
  7. Rufus15

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    Ringworm lasts about 6-8 weeks so it's not long. I understand the feeling of it being never ending but please don't give up on him, it will get better!
     
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    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    Oh gosh I do feel for you.
    When I first fostered my Woody from the rescue he had just recovered from Ringworm and I admit I was rather paranoid about catching it. I never did but learnt that Leucillin is an effective topical treatment.
     
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    I'm so sorry for what you are going through, I can appreciate the sheer desperation. When my three were babies they had this ongoing terrible gastric bug for months and all I seemed to do was pay vets bills, take them to the vet over thirty times, and clean up poop and sick from cats and house. It nearly drove me batty and I thought about giving them up as it was too much. It burned itself out eventually though and now I couldn't be without them. I really hope it works out for you xx
     
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    why are you thinking of taking him back? It would be such a shame to get rid of him just because of some health issues. He is a cat, you cant return him because he is "faulty"!

    Unfortunately ringworm can be common in rescue environments and as it takes a little while to develop a healthy looking cat can be rehomed without it being apparent that it has ringworm.

    Similarly a bite wound can be so small it can be unnoticed until an infection develops (if one does).

    I've had 2 foster cats and their kittens - 13 cats in total that all had varying degrees of ringworm at the same time! Thankfully I escaped with only a tiny patch on my arm. I kept it covered with a plaster and put canesten on it - It sounds vile and can be worrying if you or your cat has it but honestly it really isnt a big deal and it isnt anyones fault. Treat you and your cat and use an antifungal specialist cleaning solution and it'll go.

    If you arent happy about his condition when you adopted him you could speak to the charity about your concerns and ask for help, however you cant predict these things and I feel you may just have to accept you have been unlucky.
     
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