Ringworm

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    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!!

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    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!

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    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. 🙂

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    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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    Tigerlilly
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    Great new Stace, keep up the good work.

    #330668

    ayling
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    Hi Stace,

    Our little kitty got ringworm about 2 months ago AND passed it on to me too! That being said, he has the perfect glossy black coat now. (New here and don’t yet know how to use an avatar). It started at the back of his little

    ears and spread all around him in just 2 days or so! The vet gave an ointment. We smeared the poor little guy with it but he licked and lost all his appetite. So we stopped using medication. I had read online that ringworm is self-limiting and would eventually go away. That’s exactly what we did (no creams, no dipping) and it worked. We isolated him in a room for about a month. We wore special clothing to go into that room and wore gloves on our hands etc. Although it took loads of patience and looked too impossible at times, it’s all like a distant memory now (only 2 months on!) So don’t despair. It will go away and there is absolutely NO reason why you should let the kittie go! Just wait for him to heal and then disinfect the whole house with 1:10 bleach water. Remember to wash curtains and other linen. Also, let lots of fresh air and if possible sunlight in the room/house. If you get ringworm too, use an over the counter antifungal cream everyday for 4 full weeks. Change clothing everyday and wash the sores everyday too. And if you believe in herbal remedies…put some mustard paste on your sores (NOT the cat’s! It stings!) and they will be gone in no time. Another alternative (which can be used on the cat as well) is using aloe gel. A great safe alternative to poisonous antifungal creams!

    Good luck!

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    MadcatwomanintheUK
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    Hi Stace, sorry, missed this thread last week. Reed sounds adorable, glad he’s got you fighting his corner. Welcome to TDK Chat, look forward to hearing more about Reed and Casey (and you!) – we share an ambition by the way, I too plan to be a little old lady with a bad pink hair rinse and as many cats as I can fit into my house… :o)

    #856550

    Lucy
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    Hi everyone! Just discovered this thread for help because I’m going through the same situation and its’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?

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