Ringworm

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    bearcat19
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    I adopted my kitten, Reed (they called him Tux but he never responded to it and while watching Nascar Reed’s name was said and he looked up so I renamed him), 3 weeks ago he was adopted and thus far, has been to the vet 2 times and is about to go for a 3rd. He had a URI the first week. Since he plays very hard with the other kitten my sister adopted I only noticed cuts which somehow turned into Ringworm. The topical stuff the vet gave me a week ago seems to not be working it keeps spreading, FAST. It seems he is getting the URI again. The vet said if he gets too bad I may “have to let him go”. I am not ready for that. I lost my other kitty, who was 20, a little over a year ago. I got this kitten with a lot of convincing to fill that void. I love him, I don’t want to give up on him, not now, not ever! I just don’t know what to do about this Ringworm. I want to help him. But the 2 vets I have seen don’t seem to want to help him. Any thoughts?

    #330638

    Buttercup
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    Hi Stace and welcome to TDK,when I was working in rescue about 10 years ago we had to segregate the ringworm kitties from the others or it would spread. The ringworm kitties had to be bathed frequently in a smelley dip(I don’t remember what it was but I’ll look it up). One thing I found was that if you’re using antibacterial soap instead of plain dishsoap(ivory) it makes it harder to get rid of the ringworm.I’m not really sure why.Getting rid of the ringworm is doable,I don’t know why the vets are suggesting that you “let him go”.

    Stace there are many other people who post here but they’re mostly asleep(i’m an incurable nightowl) so keep checking back they probably know more than I do but definitely don’t give up on Reed.

    #330639

    Buttercup
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    Also Stace has Reed bee tested for all of the new kitty stuff like Feline leukemia and AIDS?

    Here is some info on treating ringworm

    In healthy shorthaired kittens and cats with small isolated lesions, the ringworm infection will often resolve without treatment in about three months. The goal with these animals is to treat any underlying conditions, provide good nutrition, and prevent the spread to other animals. Remission of the disease without treatment is also possible in longhaired cats although it might take from 1 to 4 years to resolve.

    In more severe cases, several different treatments are used. For isolated lesions, topical therapy just on the lesions themselves can be tried. The area around the lesion should be clipped close to the skin. Care should be taken not to irritate the skin when clipping, as this may cause the infection to spread. Also, realize that the clipped hair, clippers, and any grooming instruments that come into contact with an infected animal will harbor the spores and must be heat or chemically sterilized before being used on any other animal. The lesions can be treated twice a day with a topical antifungal medication. Many veterinary dermatologists feel that all longhaired cats must be shaved completely to achieve any success with ringworm treatment. Topical spot treatment products include 2% miconazole or clotrimazole cream, or 4% chlorhexidine.

    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1&aid=223

    #330640

    bearcat19
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    I havent been able to bathe him yet. He recently had a flea bath. The shelter told my sister (who picked up Reed, I was at school that day and I needed him right away) not to bathe him yet. I didnt know I could. Holy Cow! I am using Conofite Lotion on him. He is pretty bad looking. He looks like he has been beat up many many times. I am not giving up on him. The other kitten we have, has not has any symptoms or anything yet. We keep checking her and she hates it but we do it. Yes he was tested and cleared the test results were negative for that. According to the paperwork, maybe the vet should re-check him.

    I’m a nightowl too. I’m still a college student and I haven’t been able to get out of staying up all night thing. I am still on the “Stay up all night, sleep all day” time zone. Thank goodness for class only on Saturdays or I would be dying right now!

    #330641

    jcat
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    Stace, ringworm is a curse and very contagious but also very treatable. But you do need a vet who will work with you. The first thing you need is a vet who will fight for little Reed just as hard as YOU will fight for him.

    First thing is, BOTH kittens need to be treated for ringworm; it is a fungal infection that is spread by tiny spores and just one spore, if it drops off into the carpet, can be picked up by and infect any other cats, dogs and people — they don’t even need to be touching each other or in the same place at the same time. Obviously your kittens are, which makes it that much more likely both will have it.

    Vets look for ringworm first with a blacklamp (at least they do at the shelter I work at) as it can be invisible for quite a while. If it gets to the point where kitty’s fur is falling out, it’s pretty well advanced. Iodine kills it, so use betadine to wash your hands in between handling kitty, and to disinfect stuff (follow the instructions on the bottle). All you can really do otherwise is to keep treating kitty with the anti-fungal ointment recommended by your vet, treat any other members of the family (with human remedies) or animals who pick it up, and keep getting your vet’s advice. Like I said, you might want to ring round until you find the vet you feel comfortable with.

    Having said all that, at my shelter, we have lost little kittens with ringworm. But I’m confident that, with a good vet and lots of love, you can give Reed a really good fighting chance. And keep an eye on your other kitty (and all human household members for that telltale circular red blotch on your skin).

    Best of luck and keep checking in here with us to let us know about Reed’s progress. We will all be pulling with you!

    #330642

    jcat
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    I didn’t mention the URI, obviously that is just making everything that bit harder for poor wee Reed.

    #330643

    bearcat19
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    I feel bad because he hates the vet and I cry when I bring him out to my car. I wait for a bit and cry. I think he thinks I’m taking him back to the shelter 🙁

    #330644

    jcat
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    Poor both of you. {{{HUGS}}} Are the two vets you have seen both at the same practice? It would be worth ringing round and checking out other practices. It really is so much easier when you trust your vet and get lots of support from them and if you feel like you’re fighting them, it’s 100 times harder.

    #330645

    Buttercup
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    oh gosh,they can pull our heart strings can’t they Stace? All of my cats act like that too except for the last two kitties,one of whom is my avatar Chester. They only had the initial visit then well cat visits for vaccines and the vet and vet tech would just fuss over them.

    Reed knows you will come back for him and bring him home during those trying times. Is there a cat treat he loves? Like greenies or something? Maybe you could bring a little when you go to pick him up and give it to him in his carrier to dtstract him after he’s done being treated.

    #330646

    bearcat19
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    No they aren’t in the same practice. I wanted to see the one guy in one of the practices because he is newer, so he talks you through things and lets you know what he is doing (i only know that because I took my aunts cats there). The older guy, seems to just give you meds and sends you on your way. They did not use a black light on him or her. She did go but nothing was discovered (yet). The other doctor, well, I don’t trust him at all!

    #330647

    bearcat19
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    Oh these cats hate the treats. I have spent, who knows trying different brands and flavors. They just don’t eat them. Reed hides them behind the shoes. They hate catnip too. Which is so odd to me!

    #330648

    Buttercup
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    The dip we used was a sulfur lime dip that turns everything including any white on the cat yellow. We did it at least twice a week. I would try like jcat says and find a vet who will work with you. It is so much easier.

    #330649

    jcat
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    Do they like yoghurt? Butter? Cream cheese? Cheese? Smelly tuna? Sour cream? Cats can like the oddest things. Of course, butter, cream cheese and sour cream are not exactly good for them but as a tiny treat once in a blue moon (or after the vets), it won’t matter too much.

    At least you have one vet who will explain things and work with you but if he is also telling you you may have to ‘let Reed go’, then you have a perfect right to find someone you feel completely comfortable with, who will do everything they can for your baby. Give Reed loads of loving, poor little thing, he’s having a very hard time of it, and you need to keep his morale up! (And the vet needs to keep yours up!)

    #330650

    bearcat19
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    I don’t know what they really like at all. They don’t ever try to eat or drink human things. I try to play with Reed but he seems to be getting depressed. Which is depressing me. He doesnt come around me either after putting the medicine on him.

    haha…you called Reed my baby. When I was leaving the vet the last time, I looked in the crate and said Come on Baby lets go home. The lady looked at me and I said when I’m 90 I’m going to have 50 cats! And I walked out…I think I scared her.

    #330651

    jcat
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    Yay, Stace, that’s the right spirit, I can tell you’re going to fit right in here! All the fuzzbutts are our furbabies, and some of us do have quite a few…!

    Reed probably doesn’t feel like playing much at all at the moment and, come to think of it, with a URI, he probably doesn’t want to eat much of anything either. If his little nose is congested, he won’t be able to smell his food and he probably won’t have any appetite. Giving him smelly fishy foods, like tuna, and warming his food gently in the microwave might help to stimulate his appetite, but we’re all down in the dumps and off our food when we’re sick. Concentrate on keeping him comfy and as well fed and watered as possible (ask the vet if you’re concerned he’s not eating enough) and giving him lots of petting and snuggles and talking to him loads right now. He probably just wants to snuggle up next to you and hear your gentle voice encouraging him to rest and get well.

    #330652

    bearcat19
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    That is funny because he eats all the time. We had to put a restriction on food. He has gained 2 lbs. in 2 weeks. He loves water. I know it probably isn’t good for him but I tried milk since he is so little, he wouldnt drink it either. He won’t eat tuna either. He is a little FREAK! lol. He loves to watch me type. He figured out if he puts his paw on the little black box sometimes the mouse will move…he loves that! He is very snotty right now. I wipe his nose when he sneezes, like a little kid. Will his hair grow back after recovering from this ringworm mess? If not he is going to be a hairless wonder!

    #330653

    jcat
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    That’s GREAT if he’s eating, that’s half the battle! Loving water is fine too, that’s excellent, the more he drinks and stays hydrated, the better. Nope, cows milk is really not good for him, he can’t digest it, so stay away from that, it will probably give him diarrhoea. If he’s still active and playing, that’s all good news for his chances.

    I am sure his fur will grow back but if not, you will just have to knit him little woolly coats… Poor Reed, it does sound like it is quite severe. I suspect he may have picked up ringworm at the shelter or arrived with it. Do they help with their kittens’ medical bills if the kittens are sick when you get them? Our shelter here in NZ does, but I do not know what happens over there, they may not be able to afford to.

    Have to go get some dinner myself, keep us posted!

    #330654

    Leeny
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    When my Katie was a kitten, she lost half of her coat to ringworm but recovered from it very well (she’s the large gray kitty to the left on my avatar). The vet told us to treat it with over-the-counter athlete’s foot medication, applied to her skin. Her coat grew back beautifully after the ringworm was cured, but it does take a rather long time to get rid of the infection. As others have said, it is highly contagious to other animals and to humans. If you see anything on your skin that looks and feels like a big mosquito bite, use an antifungal on yourself right away. That’s how the ringworm lesion starts on humans.

    #330655

    AV
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    Abby had ringworm when I got her as a kitten. My vet gave me anti-fungal shampoo, and ointment. I bathed her everyday for a week, and was religious about the ointment. She had a small bald spot on her “hiney” that I kept covered in the ointment, and it grew back just fine – did take a couple of weeks through, so be viligent and have patience. You’ll get her through this just fine!

    #330656

    anncetera2
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    Stace, you really need to have a vet you can work with well. Please do everything you can to find one. Ringworm is very treatable, but it can be persistent; you’ll probably have to put in significant effort to get rid of it, if Reed’s case is serious.

    When I’ve treated it previously, it involved a daily bath of all cats in the household with an antifungal shampoo, as well as steam-cleaning the carpets weekly. They were shorthairs, but I’m sure if there were any longhairs, shaving would have been recommended.

    Keep Reed warm and comfy; he’s not feeling like himself because he’s sick, poor guy. Cuddle him and let him know he’s loved. If you have to bathe him, be sure to massage him dry with a towel and keep him warm until he’s thoroughly dry.

    Greenies are a treat that most cats seem to enjoy. Play with him, too, if he feels up to it.

    Good luck!

    #330657

    bearcat19
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    Reed is apparently feeling a little better on his URI medicine. The vet kind of thinks I’m crazy. I got the new guy when I went today. He explained to me that the ringworm may take longer to get rid of because it seems like Reed has a low immune system. I guess he may know considering this is Reed’s 2nd time he has been on the URI meds. And I have been in there 3 times in 3 weeks. I told him I found this website and have recieved much advice. Thank you all!! I have cleaned the carpets about everyday. He has yet to go upstairs but I’m going to work on them tonight (better safe than sorry). He actually looks better today! I have been rotating blankets everyday…he loves to be under covers. He is a peice of work but I love that piglet!!

    #330658

    jcat
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    Aw, Stace, good to hear that Reed is feeling better. You keep loving that little piglet! Take care!

    #330659

    sullis
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    Hi Stace!

    Just catching up on your thread; I’m glad little Reed seems to be feeling better..We had ringworm in our shelter a few months back, and it’s a persistent little bug..we don’t have carpetting there, but along with the daily bathing of the infected kitties, we also had to use a watered down bleach solution everyday on all the hard surfaces..

    And never mind what the vet thinks!(and I’m sure he doesn’t think you’re crazy: he’s more likely happy that you’re a partner in managing your kitty’s health!)

    #330660

    bearcat19
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    Yeah…it seems that as soon as I think I have the ringworm surrounded and ready to surrender, another one shows up! lol…He is feeling better, not looking better though. His one wisker above his eye (where the ringworm started) fell out sometime in the night. 🙁 He now only has one antenna! Even though I’m sure he is in pain with this, he gives me a little chuckle with how he looks. He has been extra loveable right now as well. I am very excited about that!

    #330661

    Poor little Reed. He does sound like a sweet little guy. You are taking wonderful care of him!

    #330662

    jcat
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    I am sure he loves you to bits for taking such good care of him, kitties seem to know when we’re doing our best for them, I’m sure it creates a special bond. Give him lots of head scritches from me!

    #330663

    bearcat19
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    Update on Reed…he is starting to look better. Still got a few spots popping up. Casey still doesnt have anything (odd to me since she “cleans” Reed and Reed sleeps on top of her). He is playing a lot more and sleeping a lot less! But loving his owner while I am sick!!! I bought them Christmas presents too! Toys and more toys and a kitty tree…Another one but this one is taller. The Christmas tree took a tumble after less than 2 hours up. Reed got to the top and over it went. We are taking it down. So anyway…point to this is Reed is recovering slowly but he is doing better which is all that matters. My baby is getting much lovin and huggin from me 🙂

    #330664

    That is wonderful news, Stace!! Thanks for the update. I hope you will continue to post. We love hearing about kitties who have found happy furever homes. 🙂

    #330665

    jcat
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    Fantastic news, Stace. Aw, give Reed and Casey lots of headbonks and smooching from me!

    #330666

    Buttercup
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    That’s great news Stace,please keep posting,we love to hear from you.xx

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