Home Remedies for Ringworm in Cats

The name ringworm suggests it is a parasite, but the ringworm is actually a condition caused by fungi. There are several remedies for ringworm, and the condition can even be treated at home. The ringworm can be easily recognized, as it causes round shaped bald patches. Ringworm is contagious to both cats and humans.

Ringworm Symptoms and Transmission

A ringworm infection is caused by an airborne fungus, and it will create a circular mark on the cat’s skin. There are several types of ringworm fungi, and all are highly contagious. They all cause irritation and hair loss. The cat will also have a bump, which will eventually dry and become yellow and crusty. Ringworm causes itchiness, so the cat will be scratching, licking and biting the affected areas.

Traditional Treatment Options

Ringworms can be treated with fungicide creams. The creams may contain Miconazole or Clotrimazole, which are also efficient in treating yeast infections. In some cases, the fungicides themselves can cause skin irritations. Fungicide tablets can also be prescribed, but are more expensive and can have side effects such as nausea and lethargy.

Ask your vet about a special shampoo for ringworms, which will ease the itchiness. However, note that this shampoo might modify the color of your cat’s coat, making it yellow.                                                                                        

Home Remedies for Ringworm

If you would like to avoid administering fungicides to your pet, you can opt for a few home remedies for ringworm. Fungicides contain sulphur, which may create allergic reactions in some cats.

  • Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to relieve itchiness and kill the fungi. Use it as a diluted solution to rinse your cat after bathing him, or simply apply a few drops on the problem areas.
  • Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide. Apply the oil on the bald spots twice per day for a week and your cat should be healed. Other oils may have the same effects. You can try jojoba oil, neem oil or rosemary oil.
  • Fresh, raw papaya can also kill the fungi. Slice a papaya and rub the slices on the affected areas.
  • You can use grapefruit seed extract to rinse or rub on your cat’s skin.
  • Garlic can be an effective fungus killer, but make sure the cat doesn’t lick his skin after applying the solution. Garlic is toxic for cats.
  • You can use diluted bleach, but bleach can cause irritations, burns or dry skin. The cat might lick the bleach, which is toxic.
  • If you opt for bleach or garlic, you can use a lamp shade collar to prevent the cat from licking the solutions and getting poisoned.

You can also use these home remedies in conjunction with antifungal creams.

Natural remedies are available to anyone, but you must pay attention when handling your cat, because ringworms are contagious. Make sure you always wear surgical gloves.