Miconazole for Cats

Miconazole is a treatment solution that is often applied in fungal infections including the ringworm or the yeast infection. Miconazole is most commonly used as a topical solution, which is applied regularly until the infection clears. The treatment is FDA approved for use in pets and has only minor side effects.

Miconazole for Cats

Miconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole or fluconazole are potent fungicide solutions used in pets that are diagnosed with fungal infections. Miconazole will kill the fungi and prevent the migration of the fungi to other areas of the body, making it easier to manage the infection. Miconazole is used in skin conditions such as:

  • Ringworm infection, which manifests through round shaped hairless patches, itchy skin and skin irritation
  • Yeast infections, which occur most commonly on the skin, but can also be found in the ears, mouth or the reproductive area. The overgrowth of yeast cells will cause a foul odor and itchiness.
  • Skin infections such as blastomycosis and coccidioidomycosis and cryptococcosis, which manifest through itchy skin and dermatitis

The treatment with Miconazole is only effective when applied on felines with a fungal infection. If the cat is affected by a bacterial infection (which often manifest through similar symptoms as a fungal skin infection) the treatment will not improve the pet’s condition. For this reason, it’s best to have a proper diagnosis prior to starting any type of treatment. Even if Miconazole doesn’t have severe side effects, the cat may need a different type of treatment.

Miconazole Forms of Administration

Miconazole may be administered in the form of pills, recommended for more severe infections, but is also available in the form of creams, shampoos and rinses. The treatment may have to be administered for a longer period of time. Even if the cat shows signs of improvement and the symptoms are no longer present, the treatment should be applied for as long as prescribed by the vet. Otherwise, the fungi may build up immunity to the compounds of the solution and the infection will be very difficult to control.

When administered topically, the antifungal cream should be massaged into the cat’s skin. The vet will recommend applying the cream at least 2 times per day. If administered orally, the pills should be added to the pet’s food and you should make sure your cat ingests the pills.

Side Effects of Miconazole in Cats

Miconazole is considered safe when used in felines with fungal infections, regardless of the form used. However, there may be some insignificant side effects including:

  • Nausea and vomiting, especially during the first days of oral treatment
  • Skin irritation, when topical products are used and this reaction may also indicate that the cat is allergic to Miconazole
  • Skin discoloration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Color changes of the fur

These side effects are only temporary and will disappear once the treatment is discontinued. If you notice additional effects or if the adverse reactions persist, you need to visit the vet.