Fungal Infection in Cats: Causes and Treatment For Skin Fungus In Cats

October 18, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Skin Fungus In Cats

  • A yeast infection is a very common fungal infection. Yeast is actually the spores of fungi.
  • Causes of skin fungus in cats can be immune system deficiencies, high humidity, less than sanitary conditions, secondary bacterial infections precipitated by excessive itching and scratching.
  • Allergies to food, generally commercial foods that contain corn, wheat, soy and fillers. Some of the grains actually grow mold on them in the fields, then they are prepared for our pets to eat. Sad, but true!
  • The cats body builds up the toxins from the food causing scratching and itchy skin conditions (Read more about itchy skin in cats ).
    Excessive itching can lead to scratching.
  • Excessive scratching can lead to excessive licking, moisture build up and ripping the skin open, paving the way for all types of bacteria invasions.

Treatments and Remedies for Fungal Infections in Cats

  • Keep the skin clean and dry, moisture over prolonged periods causes fungal and yeast skin infections.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be directly applied to the skin to stop itching that is associated with yest fungal infections of the cat’s skin.
  • One more remedy is goldenseal (that contains Berberine and hydrastine), which help slow down the growth of yeast fungus.
  • The leaves of marigolds can be ground up and the liquid inside can be extracted and used as an anti fungal.
  • Lavender is a natural anti fungal agent, and tea tree oil is known as a cure for fungal infections of the skin.
  • For large areas that are affected, sulfur lime dips may be most beneficial for killing the fungus. There are very few problems reported with these dips.
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Causes of Skin Fungus in Cats

  • Skin fungus in cats is skin infections. A common skin fungal infections is ringworm.
  • Ringworm is a very contagious fungal infection that can be passed to people and other animals. It represents itself as a circular, red rash like lesion.¬† Also¬† may like to read feline aortic thromboembolism
  • Spores from infected animals are expelled into the air and environment. These spores are extremely virulent and can live up to 2 years in hot, humid, moist environments.
  • Cats that roam continuously with no real stomping grounds and malnourished cats are susceptible to these skin infections. Cats afflicted with parasite infestations are also prone.
  • Any cat or kitten that has immune system deficits is higher risk to this contagious infection
  • You may want to read more on acne in cats and how to treat it.
  • You can read more information on causes of fungal infection in cats and home remedies for itchy skin in cats
  • If you also have dog and is suffering from symptoms, then read teenage acne in dog

Home Remedies and Treatments for Skin Fungus in Cats

  • Cleaning becomes a major ordeal with skin fungus in cats. Remember the spores are in the air and can live long lives. Instead of sweeping and working the dust through the air, vacuum and damp mop floors.
  • After scrubbing with soap and hot water, everything must be wiped down with a dilute bleach solution at the ratio 1:10.
  • Your pets personal grooming tools should be cleaned with bleach solution also. This includes combs, brushes, clippers, scissors and any other items you use regularly for your pets daily routines.
  • Good hand protection and hand washing is vital to avoid further transmission.
  • You can read more about toxic and poisonous plants for cats
  • Long haired cats should be shaved to effectively treat the fungus. Care must be given to avoid cutting the skin and provoking an additional infection.
  • Lime sulfur dips may be given. This treatment is really smelly. Topical anti fungals can treat the lesions. Shampoos and rinses using miconazole are helpful in treating the infections.
  • Avoid bringing stray cats around your pet. Think twice about exposing your cat to grooming businesses, kennels and dog shows. Fungal infections can run rampant in those areas.
  • Prevention is the key to decreasing the chances of your cat getting this terrible skin infection.

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