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Can humans transfer ringworm to cats?

post #1 of 9
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And how likely is it?

I have adopted a kitten with ringworm. Everyone in my house has gotten it, and we are currently treating it. Unfortuneately, my mom has gotten it too. How likely is it that she will transmit it to her cats?

What is the human to human of transmission likeliness?

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 9
I believe we and the cats can transmit it to each other but someone with more knowledge will be along shortly probably to answer your question.
post #3 of 9
Oh yes! It is highly contagious, human to cat, cat to human, human to human, and cat to cat. It is a real pain in the rear to get rid of too. Do an online search and good luck!

Kim
post #4 of 9
WOW!!! Is it ever contagious!!! My whole family got it from a kitten years ago. That kitten was Dylan(August 22,1990 - October 7,2005). It was absolutely awful. We only had 3 cats then and they all got it and me and my daughter did too. We were all on oral meds as well as topical. It took weeks to get completely rid of it. Cats need to see the vet and humans need to see their family doctor.
Much luck to you.
post #5 of 9
Yes you CAN catch it from the cats but I am pretty sure there is a slight difference between the cat kind and the human kind. If you get it from a cat then it only stays on you for 48 hours I think. That is what I was told, but the people who told me may have been uninformed. It was at the shelter I work but we don't always know what we are talkin about.
post #6 of 9
Yes, but it is not very likely.

Cats and humans can share ringworm but there is a kind that humans are very susceptible to and a kind that cats are very susceptible to. Cats and humans can get each other's kind but it is not all that common.

I got ringworm a few years ago from the inner-city kids I volunteer with and while I had many lesions, only one of my cats got it and he just had a little spot on his ear.

However, as gross as ringworm sounds it is really not that big of a deal. Human ringworm is exactly the same as athlete's foot. It's just not on your feet. It goes away on its own in a few weeks to a few months and it's itchy and annoying but otherwise no big deal.

The biggest thing to control ringworm on yourself is to never wear the same clothes more than once without washing. This means even jeans and pajamas and even things you just wear for a few hours. Wash in hot water and dry in the dryer. Use bleach on things that can be bleached. Otherwise you will keep reinfecting yourself and it will take even longer to get rid of it.
post #7 of 9
Bakker had ringworm last yr when I brought him home. The other cats were treated along with him. I got ringworm along with my husband and my mom. Interesting enough Dad didn't get it. When my sis came for the holidays she had discovered she had it also but her 2 cats didn't get infected. I didn't have relatives or friends over the holidays last yr because of this. But there hasn't been any re-appearance.. (thank goodness!!)
post #8 of 9
However, as gross as ringworm sounds it is really not that big of a deal. Human ringworm is exactly the same as athlete's foot. It's just not on your feet. It goes away on its own in a few weeks to a few months and it's itchy and annoying but otherwise no big deal.

Agree!! I caught ringworm last winter from petting a feral colony. They turned-up on my arms looking round, reddish & scaly. Itchy & annoying but as mentioned, went away within a few months.
post #9 of 9
it is relatively easy to trasmit ringworm between cats / dogs & humans, I have 4 foster kittens here who had ring worm but I managed not to catch it or transmit it to my other pets (mainly cause I followed the excellent advice I got from the Rescue that I foster for)
In Ireland the medicine for cats with ringworm is relatively expensive whereas the medicine for humans isn't (go figure) I was told to treat all the kittens for ring worm even though only 2 had it initally as they had all been in contact with the infection.It cleared up within 2 weeks.
You can carry spores on your clothes or body without actually getting ringworm - so unless you know an animal / person has it you can transfer it easily.
As stated before atheletes foot is the common name for "ringworm of the foot" in humans.
Interestingly enough a friend of mine caught it from handling "dirty money" when she worked in a shop.
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