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My Cat and My Kid Have Ringworm

Ringworm, the dreaded ringworm. How many of us had this a kid, raise your hand. Yeah, most of us. We all got it because we pet some cat that was in the neighborhood and then a few days later we had the dreaded itchy round circle. This is one of the cat afflictions that can go from cats to people to cats.

Despite its name, ringworm is not a worm. It is a fungal infection and is the most common skin disorder affecting the cat population worldwide.

There are a few different things that can happen when a cat has been exposed to ring worm. It can be brushed off through grooming, it can simply disappear because of other microorganisms on the cat that chase it out, it can settle in on the cat without causing a reaction, or it can cause dermatitis.

When a cat gets ringworm it can resolve itself without any veterinary intervention. However, this often takes 9 months to a year. So if your household cat has it, you don’t want to wait for it to self resolve because you will likely end up with a household full of people with ringworm.

Treatment of ringworm is pretty simple. It is usually a topical anti-fungal cream that will need to be applied a few times a day. Always make sure to wash your hands really well after putting on the cream. If you cat has a bad case then they may need to take an oral medication or get a full body rinse. Ringworm can disappear in a week or take as long as 6 weeks, depending on the case.

Thankfully it is not lethal but it can open your cat up to other skin infections, and of course it is incredibly contagious. If you do get ringworm, make sure to go to the doctor to get a cream to treat it.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.