- Ringworm in cats is not a worm, it’s a fungus.
- Usually found in folds of skin where it is warm and moist, where dead skin cells are, ( it feeds off them) and around hair and nail cells. The ringworm needs a type of protein to survive called keratin which is plentiful in hair and nails.
- Itching and scratching will occur.
How long is Ringworm in Cats Contagious?
- Ringworm continues to be contagious until 48 hours after treatment started. It is important though, that until the red ring has disappeared, continue with treatments.
- Don’t let pets share sleeping blankets, throws, pillows or toys. Cats should not be permitted on your bed or couch. They can infect you and you can infect them.
Home Remedies for Ringworm in Cats
- Disinfect everything. Wash hands using antibacterial soap and especially after handling your pet.
- On long haired cats, trim hair from around the circular red rash to allow healing and to avoid getting any contaminants caught up in the hair and preventing healing.
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- Tea tree oil is an antiseptic that safely gets rid of ringworm. The smell and taste are icky so the cat won’t lick it.
- Apple cider vinegar makes a good soak to get rid of ringworm, especially if its on a paw or leg. It will also help with the itching.
- Sulferated lime rinses are effective natural home remedies for ring worm in cats.
- Papaya will kill fungus. Slice a piece and rub it over the reddened, ring area.
- Many people swear by applying diluted bleach to ringworm. It should be applied with a q tip and some sort of lamp shade collar should be placed on your cat to prevent them licking the area.