How To Treat Ringworm in Cats and Kittens With Banixx
Ringworm in Cats and Kittens
Regardless of the name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms – it’s a fungus, or more specifically, a collection of pathogenic fungi that infects all domestic animals as well as humans.
According to the AKC, the fungus responsible for 98 percent of ringworm in cats, is the same fungus responsible for most ringworm infection in dogs - Microsporum Canis, cat ringworm is one of the most common skin problems in cats and kittens. It’s called “ringworm” because it usually shows up as several circular areas of hair loss, each surrounded by a reddish ring. It’s usually found on the face, ears, chest, forelegs, and the back. While cat ringworm is irritating and uncomfortable for your furry pal (and an annoyance to you!) the good news is ringworm is not a fatal or debilitating condition and is highly treatable, especially with topical applications such as Banixx Pet Care. Read on and we’ll show you how to get rid of ringworm in cats and how to keep it away.
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Treatment of Cat/Kitten Ringworm with Banixx Pet Care
Ringworm IS highly contagious and transmissible to other cats, dogs, and other animals, or even to humans, so it’s important to find the best treatment method right away. If you have a long-haired cat it may be necessary to clip the cat’s coat to reduce the spread of ringworm spores when your cat naturally sheds.
Whether or not your cat’s coat is clipped, Banixx is a potent yet soothing immediate source of relief for treating ringworm in cats and kittens due to its amazing anti-fungal properties and unique pH formula. Banixx is an American-made product that is stain and scent free, safe to use around your pet’s eyes with no oily residue. This formula’s ingredients attack the pesky fungal spores responsible for the spread of ringworm and it serves as a natural way to eliminate the infection.
Step-by-step Cat Ringworm Treatment
Treating Cat Ringworm with Banixx.
After consulting with your pet’s veterinarian, follow these steps immediately if you suspect or know your cat has ringworm:
- Wear disposable gloves and long sleeves when applying Banixx on your cat’s or kitten’s affected skin to avoid coming into contact with the fungal spores.
- Soak a cotton ball with Banixx and apply it directly to the area affected. Banixx is safe, even around your pet’s eyes. Use light pressure or gently massage with your fingertips (again, always wearing gloves).
- Apply Banixx Pet Care two to three times daily.
- Treat your cat’s ringworm consistently for two to three weeks.
- Dispose of the gloves and thoroughly wash your hands and clothing after each application.
- Consider isolating your infected cat or kitten, if possible, or if you have more than one cat or other pets. But take care to socialize with your cat to maintain his/her comfort level. This is because it’s important to do all you can to keep its immune system strong.
- Disinfect your cat's environment (see below for more detail).
How to Prevent Ringworm Contamination
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Ringworm spores can linger for long periods of time, so it’s important to get rid of any source of the infection. Overall, it’s good practice to regularly wash and disinfect your cat’s bedding, toys, and dishes to reduce the chances of repeat infections.
Here are a few tips and best practices to eliminate and avoid future ringworm infections:
- Wash your cat’s bedding with a combination of bleach and hot water solution followed by a plain hot water cycle.
- Disinfect toys, dishes bowls or other items with pet-friendly cleaning products.
- Deep clean and disinfect your cat’s home or living environment to get rid of lingering spores.
- Avoid using Lysol (it’s not pet-friendly) but try spraying an apple cider vinegar solution on furniture and rugs. Its acidic properties repel fungal infections such as ringworm.
- Vacuum thoroughly all floors, carpeting and furniture. Ringworm survives in loose hairs from shedding so vacuum and dispose of the cleaner bag or contents immediately.
- And don’t forget about new pets. To make sure your newest pet addition isn’t introducing ringworm into your household, you may want to schedule a thorough physical examination with your veterinarian. Include a Wood’s lamp evaluation for any new pet addition to your family.
Can Ringworm Be Prevented?
According to Morris Animal Foundation, in looking at the dynamics of ringworm infections, there is no age or sex predisposition to the disease. However, Persian, Himalayan, and Rex cats, along with Yorkshire and Jack Russell terriers were found to be overrepresented in published studies.
Ringworm spores can linger for long periods of time, so it’s important to get rid of any source of the infection. Overall, as we said, it’s good practice to regularly wash and disinfect your cat’s bedding, toys, and dishes to reduce the chances of repeat infections.
According to William Miller Jr., a professor of dermatology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, “Feline ringworm is not something that you want to take lightly.” He advised that if left untreated in an otherwise healthy cat, ringworm will probably self-resolve over time, but without treatment the process would typically take anywhere from nine months to a year, all the while posing an increased risk of skin wounds and subsequent infections. With treatment, improvement should be apparent within a week or two, but it may take up to six weeks or longer to completely cure a feline ringworm infection.
All cats and kittens can contract ringworm because the fungal spores can live on most surfaces – from animal or human skin to soil and other hard surfaces. Cats can easily become contaminated due to exposure to other infected animals or contaminated areas. Some cats, such as long-haired cats, are predisposed to ringworm as well as elderly cats and kittens due to their inability to properly groom or because of immature or compromised immune systems lend themselves to this malady. Cats groom as a natural defense mechanism to stay healthy, but all cats can get ringworm.
To prevent ringworm in cats or kittens, use some common sense measures like screening any new pet joining your household and regularly cleaning and disinfecting your cat’s favorite bed or toys. And don’t forget common areas frequented around your home, or your pet’s favorite hiding or sleeping places. Another effective measure is to always keep Banixx Pet Care handy. As always, consult with your veterinarian right away if you suspect your cat has ringworm.
Here's a quick clip showing how to apply Banixx using a cotton ball. Click on the picture below to start the video.
Customers 5-star Reviews
"I have a cat who has had really bad skin problems for the last 4 years. He had ringworm and scabs and had lost almost all his hair on his back and neck. Nothing I tried ever worked or it was really toxic and I could not use it. When I saw your Wound Care was good to use on cats (which is not easy to find) I tried it on him. Well, let me just say that after 3 applications, his hair has grown back, no more ringworm, and I am soooo happy!. Last winter I felt so bad because he did not have much hair on his neck or back, and I am sure he was cold, but now his fur has grown in thick and nice!! His name was Mr. Ringworm because he always got it back, and, now it's just Mr. R!!! Thanks for such a great product (it is actually amazing!) that you can use on all animals. He is a happy cat now!! Thanks again for such a great product!!"Lori S. to the Banixx FaceBook
"I brought home a kitten who was sick with upper respiratory infection, ear mites, fleas, and worms. After quarantine for three weeks while getting those things taken care of we thought he was all better and finally introduced him to the rest of the house. Unfortunately not long after that we noticed patches of hair missing. It turned out to be ringworm. By the time we realized this it was too late and all 3 cats ended up with it and 4 dogs as well. I bought a black light and the kitten had glowing places all over his body so the topical creams weren't really an option. I bought Banixx and it seemed to work really well. I sprayed his body twice a day and also used it on all the other animals facial spots since it's safe around the eyes. "Amazon Customer
"I used this for my cats ringworm. It took a while of using this, I had to order another bottle but that's just because ringworm takes a long time to treat. It worked well, it was easy to use, and has multiple uses. I will definitely be using this for any other issues my cat may have later on."Lexis A., Amazon Customer
"this product works it just takes time.. my cat had a bad case of ringworm and his ears and his legs had very bad marks with lose of hair.. it was pretty bad.. I used this product for 3 weeks 3 to 4 times every day without ever missing one day .. It finally cleared up but you must give this product time to work.. the trick is use it and use a lot of it 3 to 4 times per day .. it does work.."Rick, Amazon Customer
Ringworm Testimonial from The American Street Cat (Rescue Organization)
"Our organization is thrilled to have been introduced to your product! It was suggested last summer by family members in the horse industry, and it saved us so much time and expense with a litter of kittens that had a ringworm outbreak. The outbreak extended to the resident adult cats and dog in the foster home, but within a week after applying Banixx, the fungus on the animals had noticeably retreated.
More recently (March 15, 2014), an adult foster cat was admitted for dental surgery, and ringworm inside her ears was noted. The infection blossomed like mad over the course of the day due to the stress of the surgery, and we started applying Banixx that night. Four days later, the visible signs of ringworm were 95% gone. It didn't occur to us to take a "before" photo. This photo of her left ear was taken 4 days later (March 19). The nickel-sized red and flaky flare-up was gone, with only perimeter scabs left.
Banixx is far more fast-acting than the oral medications and stressful sulfur dips and anti-fungal shampoos that we've tried on cats and kittens in the past, and we're singing the praises to our veterinarians, fellow rescuers, and pet owners."