Cats And Ring Worm
Ringworm is a very common form of skin disease that is found in both dogs and cats. Although its name makes you think otherwise, this skin disease isn’t caused by any type of worm. It’s actually caused by fungi known as Dermatophytes that feed on dead tissues found in the surface of the skin, spreading them around the skin of the animal.
With cats, there is a certain type of fungi known as M Canis that is found with nearly 95% of all ringworm cases. Normally, cats will get the ringworm disease from contaminated objects like bedding, clippers, or another animal that already has the disease. If there are animals in your home or around your house that have the ringworm disease, your cat could very easily contract it this way.
If you have kittens or cats that are under a year old in your home, you should always use precaution, as they are more susceptible to ringworm. Kittens can easily contract the disease, especially if you allow them to go outside. They can easily come in contact with a contaminated object or another cat that has the disease. Kittens take a long time to build their immune system up, and in the meantime they are more apt to get common disease such as ringworm.
The most common symptoms of ringworm in cats are rough or broken hairs, or hair loss around the head or the paws. Ringworm can easily be identified by a patch of scaly skin on the body that appears itchy and inflamed. There will also be broken hairs around the patch of scaly skin. This area is very sensitive, and will hurt your cat.
The following information is useful for both, pet owner and infected pet. The recipes below are meant for humans. Use your judgment and ask your vet for animal application.
Using anti-fungal essential oils while bathing or showering is especially important because fungal infections thrive in moist, warm environments. Essential oils like melaleuca or Melrose can easily be added to bath salts or Epsom salts to combat fungal infections.
The ringworm fungus infects the skin causing scaly round itchy patches. It is infectious and can be spread from an animal or human host alike. Skin candida is a fungal infection that can erupt almost anywhere on the skin.
Use Single Oils such as Melaleuca alternifloia, lavender, rosemary CT cineol, geranium, rosewood, marjoram and myrrh.
Helpful Oil Blends include Melrose, R.C., Raven and Ortho Ease.
- 3 drops melaleuca
- 3 drops spearmint
- 1 drop peppermint
- 2 drops tansy
- 10 drops melaleuca
- 1 drop oregano
- 2 drops patchouly
For yourself, apply undiluted on location, or mix 2-3 drops in 1 tsp. V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base and layer on Rose Ointment. (Use Animal Scents Ointment for your four-legged friend.) For yourself, apply to spinal Vita Flex points on the feet and hands. (See Vita Flex Chart.) In severe cases, use 35 percent food-grade hydrogen peroxide to clean infected areas before applying Melrose and Rose Ointment. Saturate gauze with oils and wrap infected area.
Lemon-Sandalwood Soap is another great product to use. It is very cleansing and purifying to the skin. Lemon oil is highly anti-fungal, combating ringworm, athlete’s foot and other fungal infection. Sandalwood has been show to protect the skin against viruses, such as the human papilloma virus, which is related to herpes.
Morning Start Soap is an invigorating blend of energizing and anti-fungal essential oils. It contains lemongrass which has been documented as a powerful anti-fungal agent in clinical studies. This soap is ideal for combating ringworm, athlete’s food, and other fungal skin conditions. It contains the therapeutic-grade essential oils of lemongrass(Cymbopogon fluxuosus), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis CT cineol), peppermint (Mentha piperita), and juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and/or J. scopulorum). For more information see the book, Essential Oils Desk Reference.
If you notice any ringworm symptoms with your pet, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your vet. If the vet diagnosis your cat with ringworm, he may prescribe ointment or tablets. What he describes however, will determine on how serious the ringworm is. If he prescribes tablets to your cat, you should give them with meals. Ointment on the other hand, is normally spread into the coat, topically. You may want to wrap the treated area so your cat won’t try to lick the ointment off. The healing process will take time, normally around six weeks or more.
Cats that have ringworm should be labeled as infectious. If you have children in the house, you should keep them away from your pet. Whenever you handle your cat, you should always use gloves. Ringworms are contagious, and you should always use caution. Even though it’s a mild disease, ringworm can result in serious problems due to the slow recovery time and fact that it’s contagious.
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