Ringworm is among the common skin diseases affects the health of many cats. This skin disease is not made by worms, but by a type of fungus. Ringworm sores on the cat's skin are circular, which probable caused people to formerly believe that a worm curled under the skin, was causing this disease, when in reality, no worms are involved. If you suspect that your pet cat is infected with ringworm, consult with a vet to have your cat diagnosed properly. Ringworm causes the fur to shed and may cause irritating itch.
Four species of fungi are culprits to cat ringworm or dermatophytosis. These organisms have adapted well to a cat’s body; therefore roughly 20% of cats have ringworm yet would not exhibit any external manifestations of the disease. Ringworm typically thrives in dead skin, nails, and hair of a living creature, utilizing the keratin in the tissues as nourishment.
The development of ringworm in cats is influenced by both genetics and environmental factors. According to some studies, certain cat breeds are more prone to ringworm than other breeds. Ringworm quickly spreads among cats; therefore, mating cats encounter this problem, too.
Cat ringworm, may be treated in several ways. First, anti-fungal medications may be given to help clear up the fungi thriving on the cat's body. Some medications may have side effects, so be sure that you only buy the medications upon the prescription of the veterinarian to ensure that you are giving only what is safer for your cat. There are anti-fungal shampoo baths that also work. If available, go for the organic and natural pet products. These anti fungal baths must be given on a regular basis, but it's not such a big deal if your cat won't mind the water. Other pets you have must be treated as well to stop the ringworm from spreading. There are pet vaccines available that can fight ringworm. Cats with very thick coats or long fur may need to be get really good clipping from the pet groomer to clear up the infected area.
Take note that ringworm can also infect humans, especially children. Therefore, if your pet cat has ringworm, or if you think this is the case, consult your vet immediately. You need to know what specific course of action to take to deal with your cat's ringworm as well as to stop the fungi from infecting other animals and family members.