In Ringworm limbo :(

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    Hi everyone! Just discovered this forum for help because I’m going through the same ringworm situation as i’ve seen with others and it’s absolutely exhausting!

    We rescued two cats 3-4 weeks ago, one of them was suspected of ringworm from before as the previous owner mentioned it. We took them both to the vets and they both glowed (not massively) under the wood’s lamp on their heads and back feet. But we can’t see any loss of hair or scabbing. So we took them straight home, cleaned the entire house, spraying anti-fungal solution on bed covers, curtains, carpets, belongings, literally everything! And washed them. Bleached floors etc. Also cleared one of the rooms out so they could be isolated in there. This was on the 23rd Jan, so just over 3 weeks ago, but it has felt like FOREVER. Every day we get up very early in the morning, put on disposable gloves, shoe covers and overalls before work to rub hibby scrub on them and then rinse off 10 mins later. Then repeat again in the evening after work, and then every 2-3 days we clear out the room, spray every toy, bed, food bowls, litter tray, everything with the anti-fungal spray while they go in a crate in the same room while we hoover and bleach the floor. Then wait till it dries, and put out new cardboard boxes for play etc and bedding.

    Anyway, during all this time one of them has also had A URI, he still eats, drinks and poos, but has a runny nose, coughing fits (which are really scary), very lethargic, runny red eyes and we’ve also noticed that his ears have developed a black crust on the outside, with brown flaky bits on the outside skin. Does anyone know what this is?

    We have taken him to the vets 3 times, to which the vet says he can’t do anything about the URI, it just has to ‘ride out’, and there’s nothing to worry about because he is eating. On the third trip he was given an antibiotic and some injection that should help with the coughing (giving to animals with bronchitis). He looked better in the next three days, all bouncy and playful but now he is constantly sleeping again and snorting and coughing. We have also had a humidifier in the room for the last two or more weeks, with Olbas oil in it which we change daily, and we also add it to his bedding to help with the congestion. We also keep the heating on while at work and at night as we’re worried the cold will make him worse, even though we’re worried about the bill and baking at night.

    Not really sure what I’m asking here… just kind of needed to vent it all. I’m at a tethered end. All I want is for them to get better and have them lying on our beds again and watching TV on our laps. We rescued them both from abroad in September and they were with a foster mum since Jan because the ringworm risk meant they couldnt come home, even though they’re with us now and still have it!

    I had one lovely time when we got them both back with them on my lap where I could stroke them without gloves and it felt so short lived, I want them back to badly. It’s been putting a lot of stress on my relationship with my boyfriend also, as we have been waiting for them for so long, and only argue now because we’re both exhausted and stressed…

    So hi…this is my situation. Sorry for the massive rant guys! Hugs?



    Hi Lucy – massive hugs for you! I’m glad you finally got some treatment for the URI. Sending lots of healing energy that things will turn around soon and you and your boyfriend can have your cats back.


    I posted a link with info on ringworm, but you may already know all you need to. There is an over the counter medication called Lotrimin, I’m sure there are others too, (just Google ringworm treatment for humans) that you could apply to their ears. It’s also highly contagious to humans too, so keeping this on hand might be beneficial. Just have patience, as ringworm can be really hard to get rid of. So sorry you are having to deal with it with your kittens. Try getting some L-lysine, human grade, to add to the kittens’ food for the URI. It helps with runny eyes and noses, and gives a boost to the immune system. It comes in a white pill, which I grind up and sprinkle on their wet food. Sometimes URI’s can be tricky and hard to treat, and in other cats, they get the initial antibiotic and don’t seem to have problems again. Making sure they are fed well, and kept stress free helps to keep them from getting flare ups.


    Rebecca Seaman

    Hi I am a fostered. We had ringworm brought into our cat houses in 2015 and yes it was horrid. We had to RIDE it out. Interestingly 2 months after the initial infection when the kittens started to be rehomed they all got odd scabs on their ears that were not ringworm. They were all rechecked and were clear. Once the scabs fell off and the fur grew back you would never have known they were there. We ended up keeping the cat that was the source of the ringworm as he is polydactal with some other genetic issues (his brother died very suddenly) so would be difficult to adopt to the general public lol
    Ringworm is crap. I remember standing in the vets in floods of tears at one point. But it will go and there is light at the end if the tunnel

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