Originally Posted by fastnoc
Let me know how that goes!
From what I can tell ringworm is about equal to athlete's foot lol.
As long as I know it's not a life threatening illness I'm OK. i'll get him something for it.
Yes, ringworm is pretty darn close to athlete's foot. My cat has ringworm (since I got him) and I was checking myself everyday, because I refused to isolate him from me. I got a cold from my husband, and that evening I had 2 lesions.
I started putting cream on it, and not even a week later it is almost gone. ( the cream is used for two weeks, but the sores go away after a wk.)
It is not painful, in fact I would not have even noticed it, if I wasn't looking for it.
I'm the only one that has caught it out of my household and it wasn't untill I got a virus that I got it. (could have been carrying it, and it was waiting for a weakness in my system before it showed. That's what my Dr. said... the cream I use is not RX cream, its OTC).
There's been alot of posts on it, as of lately...lots of info in those posts. Some disagreements on the treatment of it... my suggestion is to do your reading, then decide what to do.
The concenus is:
ringworm is contagious. (to humans, to other pets.) People with a surpressed immune system can get it easier than people with a normal immune system. It's treatment for humans is very simple.
ringworm is NOT a serious disease at all. It is a fungal infection that can be cured, but it can also self cure in 3-4months.
ringworm spores can stay in the environment for up to 18mos.
ringworm treatment for cats can vary from oral meds (most are not good for your kitty's liver, and can cause birth defects in pregnant cats, etc.) to topical treatments ( baths and ointments ) to no treatment and letting it work its course if your cat is otherwise healthy.
vaccum more often to pick up the broken off hairs in your house... wash your cats bedding every couple of days... disinfect places your cat has been... Things like that will help stop it from reinfecting.http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=183538
This post has some good information, and some recommendations about some sprays that will help.
A quote from the above post:
Originally Posted by Skimble
IMO, it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep your house and family from exposure to ringworm by isolating the kitten.
Thought: the spores are airborne. No way to keep air from circulating.
Thought: the clothes you wear in the room with the kitten, or for that matter in the house, has the ringworm spores on them. Probably on your skin and the bottom of your shoes. It is already everywhere.
Everyone has been exposed in every way. I don't understand why vets instill such panic. I know they are doing their job, but how many here have posted that they did not isolate or "disinfect" the environment.
Ringworm is mostly (according to veterinary articles) in kittens because their immune system is not as strong as adults. Our vet said he had never seen ringworm in a healthy adult cat. This is obviously stressing you AND the kitten. The stress will also make the ringworm worse.
This is my experience and opinion, although many here seem to have the same experience as I.
If your family gets ringworm, a topical antifungal cream will do the trick. Many use athletes foot cream. Same ingredients used.
Because you have the other kitty who is pregnant, I would HIGHLY consider getting one of the sprays mentioned.
Originally Posted by Skimble
I used the laundry additive from Revival Animal Products also. You can mix this solution in water and spray it on most surfaces. I used a spray bottle and a clean, unused garden sprayer. The effect is residual so it keeps the ringworm from spreading.http://www.revivalanimal.com/store/p...infectant.aspx
I used this spray below directly on my kittens and I believe it helped tremendously.http://www.revivalanimal.com/store/p...ted-Spray.aspx
The label states it is safe for kittens over 6 weeks. It has a residual protection. This greatly reduces the chance of spreading the spores. You can spray it on the non-affected animals as a protective measure.
The 8oz spray is only $10, plus shipping.
Both sprays are something I am looking into IF Kizzy's topical treatment does not work. As well as I'm looking into the colloidal silver.
Good luck to you. I am soooo happy you got your kitty back