Ringworm Cure for Cats

If your cat has ringworm, you may be searching for a ringworm cure that is effective, yet non-toxic to your tiny feline. Fortunately, ringworm is not actually a worm. This skin condition is actually caused by a fungus. The growth starts at a central point and spreads across the skin in a ring shape, hence the name “ringworm.” As the fungus grows in the cat’s skin and hair, the skin becomes reddened, irritated, and thickened. The cat’s hairs may break off, leaving a coarse stubble behind. Ringworm is contagious to other animals and people (especially children), so prompt treatment is critical.

Conventional Ringworm Cures for Cats

The type of treatment will depend on your cat’s weight, current health and severity of the condition. Common ringworm cures for cats include oral medications such as Itraconazole and Griseofulvin. Many pet owners report stomach upset as a common side effect of Griseofulvin and it is has been indicated as an catalyst for bone marrow problems. If your cat is sensitive to foods or other oral medications, Itraconazole might be a better option.

Topical ringworm cures include topical treatments include Conofite, Lotrimin, Nolvasan, Tresaderm or prescription grade Triple Antibiotic Ointment. These topical treatments are effective against ringworm that may be confined to one area. Other topical treatments such as Dermisil, a lime sulfur solution, may be recommended if the ringworm has spread to multiple areas of the hair and skin.

Natural, Herbal and Homeopathic Ringworm Cures for Cats

To cure ringworm the natural way, naturopaths suggest starting with a two-three day fast. Fasting reduces the body’s usual assimilation and elimination load, allowing it to break down and expel older wastes that may have accumulates in the fatty tissues and the liver. The cat’s body will also have an opportunity to unload the products of tumors, abscesses, and inflammation.

To begin the pre-fasting period, simply feed your feline a lighter, simpler diet consisting of lean meat, tofu, vegetables and cooked oatmeal for one to two days. This will help him ease into the fast.

The best vegetables for the liver and kidneys (the organs that play a major role in the fast) include:

  • cucumbers
  • dandelion greens
  • broccoli
  • kale
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • turnips
  • spinach
  • beets
  • parsley
  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • squash

After one to two days, proceed with the main part of the fast—the liquid fast. Feed your feline small amounts of water, vegetable juices (fresh juice only), and vegetable broth. Check your pet’s condition several times daily as the process should offer substantial improvement throughout the fasting period. Continue with the fast until your cat’s condition is clear.

In the interim, you can clip the hairs around the infected areas. Please wear gloves. Ringworm is less likely to grow if the hair is clipped. This also helps make applying topical treatments (natural or otherwise) to the infected area. After clipping the hair carefully dispose of it or burn it, as it is contagious on contact.

Herbal remedies for ringworm in cats include boiled plantain applied directly to the skin after cooling, goldenseal applied directly to the skin, and sulphur 6C.