If you have longhaired cats, you must be careful, because those cats are prone to ringworm. What is ringworm? It’s a skin issue caused by fungus, which can cause lesions and bald patches in the affected area (mostly face and ears).
In mild cases, the lesions and bald patches can only affect some small spots. But if the cat leaves untreated, the lesions can spread over its entire body. Even though this is not lethal, but still you must be careful because ringworm is highly contagious, even to humans.
Ringworm treatment for cats can be divided into two; topical and oral treatments. If it’s only mild case, it’s good to only have one kind of treatment. But in severe case, you should be aggressively treat your cat by combining topical and oral treatments.
How long does it take until the treatment kicks in? If you treat your cat based on the instruction given by your vet, it may only need three weeks until you see the result.
In the first week, the ringworm culture may be taken. During the first treatment, you might not see the changes in your cat. However, in the following weeks, you’ll see some improvements. When there are two continual negative ringworm cultures, that’s when your treatment has been successful.
First, there’s topical treatment. This kind of treatment is perfect for shorthaired cats with only small affected area. Anti-fungal cream like thiabendazole or miconazole can be a good choices. However, medication only is not enough. You still have to treat the underlying condition, give enough nutrition to the cat, and prevent the ringworm from infecting other pets and humans in the house.
For longhaired cats, sometimes the fur should be clipped so the topical medicine can easily reach the skin. If the case is already severe, sometimes the vets recommends the cat’s owner to completely shave the cat to get the expected result.
When clipping the cat’s fur, it’s better to let the professional do it, because if you do in the wrong way, it may lead to irritation and cause the infection even more spreading. Any kind of grooming instruments used when treating the cat should also be thoroughly sterilized because it can contain the spores.
Another topical treatment you can use it lime sulfur dips. Even though the scent is not very pleasant and can make your cat’s coat a bit yellowish, but it’s highly effective. Alternatively, you can also use miconazole rinses and shampoos and also enilconazole. But please keen in mind those medications should be prescribed by the vet.
If you want to combine it with oral treatment, you can use griseovulfin and itraconazole. Terbafine can also be used as well. This treatment can be given if after 2-4 weeks of topical treatment, your cat shows no improvement.
Or, to double the effect, it’s recommended to combine both topical and oral treatment. You need to get the advice from your vet about best ringworm treatment for cats. Never use it without detailed instruction, because many stated drugs could give side effects.