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What is Fungal Infection Of The Skin?

Fungal infections occur when fungi present in the environment is inhaled by your cat or it enters his system through a break in his skin. Fungi are found in the soil and in the feces of infected animals. These infections can affect cats of any age or breed. Certain types of fungal infections attack cats that are sick or have immune deficiency diseases.

There are a variety of fungal infections that can affect your cat’s skin. Some may not cause serious problems and clear up with medication. However, there are certain types of fungi that can damage your cat’s skin and put his health at risk.

Symptoms of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

Fungal infection of the skin can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the type of fungi present. Here are some symptoms seen by veterinarians most often in cats:

  • Redness of skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Hair loss
  • Greasy skin
  • Skin lesions that can emit a foul odor
  • Thick skin
  • Hyperpigmentation of the skin in patches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Organized lesions known as granules
  • Nodules underneath the skin 
  • Lesions inside the nose
  • Fever
  • Lack of energy
  • Depression
  • Draining masses on the head, chest and limbs

Types

There are many types of fungal infections that can affect your cat’s skin. The following is a list of some of the most common in domestic cats:

  • Malassezia pachydermatis
  • Cutaneous sporotrichosis
  • Disseminated sporotrichosis
  • Rhinosporidiosis
  • Phaeohyphomycosis
  • Mycetomas
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Candidiasis

Causes of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

The cause of fungal infections of the skin in cats depends on the type of fungi responsible for the infection. Here are some things that doctors have identified as the primary causes of these skin infections:

  • Flea allergies
  • Cancer of the pancreas or liver
  • Exposure to high humidity and heat
  • Contact with infected feces
  • Exposure to infected soil
  • Inhalation of fungal spores outdoors
  • Contamination of wounds

Diagnosis of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

Your veterinarian will need some information from you to diagnose your cat’s condition. It is important to let him know when you first noticed symptoms and if you cat takes any medications for pre-existing health conditions. After taking a medical history, your doctor will examine your cat thoroughly. He will observe his mannerisms, gait and neurological function. Your cat’s heart rate, respirations and temperature will also be taken and recorded. 

Your doctor will likely take a blood sample to see if infection is present. A biochemical profile and complete blood count or CBC will be sent to an outside laboratory for testing. A urine sample will be taken for urinalysis, as well. If your cat has lesions on his skin, your doctor may take a skin scraping. He will examine it underneath a microscope to determine if yeast is present. Lesions that are draining may be biopsied while your cat is under anesthesia. These samples are sent to an outside laboratory for diagnosis. It is important to accurately diagnose fungal infections of the skin because some types can be transmitted to humans. 

Treatment of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

How your cat is treated for his fungal infection of the skin will depend on the type of fungi present. Some skin infections can be treated with special antifungal creams or ointments or oral antifungal medications. Infections that are caused by yeast may be treated with special shampoos or dips. Cysts or lesions under the skin may require surgical removal. In some cases, these cysts recur with frequency and are often difficult to treat.

If your cat develops bacterial or secondary infections as a result of his fungal infection, your veterinarian will treat these as needed. Cats that are very sick or contagious may be kept in the hospital until the symptoms improve. Your doctor may give you instructions on how to avoid becoming infected before you take your cat home.

Recovery of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

Recovery time depends on how severe your cat’s symptoms are and the type of fungal infection present in the skin. Certain types of antifungal medicines take weeks before you can see an improvement in symptoms. It is important to give your cat his medicine exactly as prescribed. Your doctor will most likely see your cat every few weeks to monitor his progress. It is very important that you report any changes in your cat’s condition quickly to your doctor. This includes any changes in the appearance of the skin or in his behavior. If your cat had surgery to remove nodules or lesions, his recovery may take a bit longer. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to care for his incisions and how to administer any medications sent home. You will be given an appointment for suture removal if necessary. Sutures typically come out 10 days after surgery, depending on the size and depth of the wound. In rare cases, fungal infections of the skin can cause secondary issues that cause serious health issues or are untreatable. Your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment in these cases.

Fungal Infection Of The Skin Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

peace
domestic short hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Scaly
scabby skin
Redness
Scaly Skin
Itching

Medication Used

Dexamethasone
tresaderm ear mite treatment #43
prednisolone syrup 15mg/5ml
Depo-Medrol
convenia antibiotic injection
bnt ear ointment

My cat has had a yeast infection for almost two years. I have taken her to the vet four times. The first one was about her rear she had pulled out almost all of her hair. The vet said get her spayed should clear up and gave her a shot to calm the itching. I got her spayed and it did clear up, only to return with more on her face. So I took her to the vet a second time got her seen and was given eardrops to use said to finish them. I did, it cleared up just to come back. The third time I took her in she got a btn ointment put on and was told to come back in in two weeks for a second application. Due to money at the time I wasn't able to take her in for the second application. It went away for a while then came back. This last time I took her in I was given an oral liquid I finished it. It didn't come back until about a month ago. I can't take her to the vet due to money and I don't have a ride. What can I over the counter I has spread from head to tail and I am afraid it will get to her stomach or worse? I believe it all started because the sister I was living with at the start of it all had had a beagle that had a very very bad yeast infection and the dog had infected the yard, the dog wasn't there when I lived there but had not to long before I did I believe. The vet has diagnosed my poor peace3 times each time differently. First ringworm then pustular acne then the last one was yeast not specified.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Peace is having these problems. Unfortunately, without examining her, I can't recommend any OTC treatments, and there may not be any that will work for her. Her skin condition needs to be diagnosed. If she has allergies or an underlying condition causing these recurrent infections, she may need further care. Yeast is not contagious between animals, and tends to cause infections if the underlying skin is unhealthy. It would be best to have her examined and try to find the cause of her problems. I hope that she does well.

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toby
Persian
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Depression, itching and redness

Medication Used

medicated shampoo and ointments

hello, my cat toby has a fungal infection as told by the vet, supposedly transmitted from a stray cat outdoors. We have been bathing him with medicated shampoo and applying ointments and his energy level has risen and he seems less depressed but recently he's been itching his face quite a lot and its all scratched up with bad spots and i feel quite sorry, i want your advice as of how long it'll take for recovery and why it reoccured on his face, thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Topical treatment with shampoo and ointment is effective in many cases, however in some cases a systemic treatment (tablets) may need to be prescribed as well; it is possible that there is a breakout on the face due to a lack of shampoo or ointment to the area as we are conscious that cats don’t like water and attention may not have been made to the face. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiko
Turkish Angora
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Itching

Medication Used

Terbinafine HCl 1% cream

Is lamisil cream (Terbinafine HCl 1%) an enough medication for skin fungi in cats?
I found a small red batch on my cat's skin few day ago, and today it's a little bit larger and the cat is itching it all the time... I'm afraid it's going to make a wound.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending on the cause of the lesion that is affecting Kiko, he may need antibacterial, anti fungal, or anti inflammatory therapy. Without seeing him, or the lesion, I can't recommend a treatment. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, and they can assess the area and let you know if Lamisil cream would be appropriate or if there is another therapy that would be more appropriate. Any ointment that you put on him is going to end up in his mouth, as cats groom so thoroughly, so you want to make sure that it is an appropriate therapy. I hope that he does well.

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Theo
American Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

My cat has two significantly bald patches on the inside of his back leg. There is no redness or bumps just lack of hair. He has always had a sensitive stomach compared to his twin brother and within this month has coughed many hair balls and sadly vomited frequently. He is still within a healthy weight but tubbier than his twin and I have to monitor his eating because he eats too quickly. At first I thought maybe he throws up because he eats fast but now I take many precautions to help with that, then I thought it may be the food he has grown an allergy to, now I'm not sure if maybe he may have ringworm because he has hair missing on his leg and I don't know if he has fleas. I want to spare myself a vet visit because if you think it is most likely an easy fix like worms and not an allergy I just want to buy good deformed medication myself and spare the visit, but if not then let me know. He lost a lot of weight in his vomit every day month. I gave him probiotic tummy treats every day but they didn't help but likes them. He doesn't throw up as much as he used to last month but he is still a frequent gagger and sensitive stomach cat. What do you think is causing his hair loss?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I do think that Theo would benefit from a visit to a veterinarian, to figure out why he is having the hair loss, whether it is a parasite, fungal infection, allergy, or bacterial infection, and also to try and help with his vomiting. The weight loss is concerning, and he may be over-grooming and causing the vomiting. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any testing or treatments that might be necessary. I hope that all goes well for Theo.

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Chini
Persian
3 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fungal infection

I have a persian kitten she have a skin deases I don't know but it also affect humans give rashes and my kitten all hair falls and not growing back what should i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Kittens can get ringworm infections and can have parasites that will also cause lesions in people. Both of these conditions, as well as many others that can affect kittens, are treatable with medication that your veterinarian can prescribe. Chini should be seen by your veterinarian to have an examination, determine what is causing her hair loss, and get treatment for it. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Blue
Cat
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat has a chunk of skin /flesh that was biten yesterday from a wild animal outside. She came home with the bite. Its a big bite. But she isn't limping or moaning. She's acting just fine. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any bite from a wild animal is concerning, especially if you live in an area known for rabies; also any large bite should be treated by your Veterinarian to help healing and prevent against secondary infection, severe large bites may require suturing closed in some cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grace
Unknown
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling , Spreading , pus , Raw
Swelling

Medication Used

none

I'm not sure if it is a fungal infection, I don't know how to describe it, But it looks swollen and is spreading, And it always raw and pusy. Almost like a blister.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Grace, I am not sure what might be going on with her skin, but possible causes might be a bacterial or fungal infection, or a parasite. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and prescribe any treatment that might be needed. I hope that all goes well with her!

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Moon
British Longhair
3 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Redness
Skin Lump
Skin Swelling
Skin Loss

My 3 weeks kittens have a fungus infection (Ringworm) they had it from their mum as she get it when she was pregnant and All the Vets I took her too said they cannot do anything until she give bearth and now the kittens had this infection badly than their mum. I already took them to a vet and she said she cannot do anything until they are 6 weeks old and the infection become worst and worst by days and it is all over their bodies specially the eyes. What you recommend me to do? And is the Lime Sulfur dips effective and safe to use on them or not?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are topical therapies that can be used on kittens, different anti-fungal medications are available. Lime sulfur dips are harsh for young kittens, but topical medications can be used until they are old enough for oral medications. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to ask about topical anti-fungal medications that they will be able to prescribe. I hope that they are all okay.

Thnx dr king for your response. I will visit another veterinarian to ask about something suitable for them. My best wishes and regards.

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floopy
Turkish Angora
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scabbing and licking

Medication Used

antibiotic and antifungal

my cat has finished taking her medication that the vet had given her which is an antifungal and antibiotic medicine to treat her fungus infection. Fortunately, I saw improvement right after she had finished her medication where her scarring had turned into pink flesh and it seemed that her fur was growing back. However, it seemed that her fungus infection had worsened and looked like how she had her fungus at first, black and brown scabbing over her face. I had kept a cone on her for all this while too. Please help me, Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Floopy requires another course of treatment and may require a combination of both topical and systemic therapy; also a sample should be taken for testing to identify the pathogen and the most suitable treatment to help resolve the infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr mittens
Mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Down

Myself and my dog were infected by a stray cat we rescued with ringworm. I went to the doctor and took my dog and just to be safe both the rescue kitten and my cat. The vet asked if my cat was showing any symptoms and at the time he wasn't but now 2 days later, his eyes are discharging brown boogers and he seems very down/depressed, he's also not eating much.. Is it the ringworm or should I be concerned it could be something else??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some eye discharge may be due to an infection picked up from the new cat or another source; for the meantime remove any discharge with a warm damp cloth, flush out with sterile saline (gently) and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment. Monitor for improvement, if there is no improvement return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Maine Coon mix
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Depression
Sores
Vomiting

We had mold in our apartment that we didn’t know about and about a 2 weeks into having him here, my cat started to act depressed. About a week later he start to get sores on his back and spine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The skin disease and depression may be related to the fungal problem in your apartment, or it may be unrelated. If he is not improving, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian who can examine him and see what might be going on. They'll be able to look at Shadow and recommend any treatment that he might need.

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jaxon and Finley
Tabbie
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rash

We have 2 kittens 4 months old. 4 out of 5 family members now have different types of rashes on different parts of our bodies. it looks like tinea

the kittens do not have any signs besides lethargic.
do we take cats to vet then go to derm? how long after everyone gets treated so we steam clean the carpets, tile and a deep house cleaning?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are a couple of things that might be going on - ringworm is contagious to people, and kittens can be unaffected carriers. There are also some mites that might be affecting you. It would be best to take the kittens to a veterinarian, and have them examined. Given the age of the kittens and your affected family members, your veterinarian may decide to treat for ringworm, and may be able to find lesions on the kittens that support that diagnosis.

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Tammie
Cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy

Hello, my 10yr old cat Tammie started itching, licking, biting herself in spring last year. Ever since then she got steroids about 4 separate times (it worked each time, but I was told steroids can't be permanent as will do damage to liver). Despite having regular flea treatments I thought I use insecticides on the whole house (did it in June). After that she was itch-free for about 2 or 3 months. Of course I thought "that's it". When she started itching again, I did insecticides again in September. But this time it did not make the slightest bit of difference. So back to square one. Vets kept telling me I need a full allergy work up etc... I had that done in December. Costs over a £1000. Now results are back and apparently Tammie is allergic to 6 kinds of tree pollen and some funghi spores (Candida Albicans). Vet asked me if I had guinea pigs. I said no. He said these spores are all around in nature and can get inside with an open door or window, and can't clean them because they get into every nook and cranny. He said I could have same "anti-allergenic" specific to Tammie developed to desensitize her. (Probably won't be covered by insurance, have no idea what that would cost). But, thinking logically, if pollen and funghi spores were the culprits, how come she was itch-free for 2 or 3 months this summer?? I'm not sure I trust the results. What do you think?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Tammie is suffering from environmental allergies, desensitization therapy is one way to treat that problem - there are other injections and medications that can be quite effective, that you can talk withyour veterinarian about as an alternative to desensitization therapy. Apoquel is one that has shown positive effects in cats. She may have seasonal allergies that include these fungi and spores, and just show more severe signs in certain seasons. i hope that you are able to figure out her allergies with your veterinarian.

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floopy
Turkish Angora
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

scabs and redness at face area

Medication Used

itraconazole and rilexine

my cat has been trying to lick its infected fungus skin. I have worn her cone on for her and have been feeding medicine but i do not see improvement. How do I make her healthy again and clear of fungus affectively??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems that your Veterinarian has prescribed an antibiotic and an antifungal medication; if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian (keep the cone on her) and possibly have a culture and sensitivity test done to identify the most suitable treatment for the infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willie and Tony
Tony-Bangel
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

White stuff on arm to his shou
Possible adema
Thick white stuff outlining both ea
Hair breaking
Urinating In House
Lathargic
Weight Loss
Not eat
Weight gain
Hair Loss

Medication Used

none

Willie is very ill. He's lost a lot of hair and it's breaking off. Two hours ago I saw the thick white stuff around each ear. Then I saw it covering his left arm up to his shoulder and it's tender. He's lost weight,not eating, sleeps all day. Three days ago I discovered that one of my boys are peeing. Not sure if he lost control of his bladder or couldn't make tokitty or it's on purpose.
TONY- I didn't know he was sick until tonigh. He has gained weight or he's got edema starting to lose hair to. Now that I look back at behavior of my cats I feed the cats I've had this for at least four months. I just didn't know what was going on and I didn't realize that I had infection to.
I've discovered that My daughter and I have some kind of skin fungus. We haven't been seen by a doctor yet. Once the doctor discovers what strain of fungus it is will it be the same fungus that my cats have and possibly my dog. Also I have five birds can they get this as well? I know they can carry a certain type of fungus. I would like to do a natural treatment for my animals. I know Teatree Oil can't be used on dogs so I don't assume that that's an option. I know I can use vinegar on animals and that's also one remedy but I don't think it's going to be strong enough for them. I've never seen a fungus that has the symptoms I have. It's as if it's built up inside me and is pushing a dark green splinter out of my skin arts mainly on my face but it's also ripping my skin open. 😱

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that you have so much going on with your animals and yourself right now! Without being able to examine WIllie and Tony, and with so much happening with them, it would be best to not try and treat this at home. They should be seen by a veterinarian, to try and determine what might be happening with them, and whether it is related to what is happening with you. A veterinarian will be able to suggest a course of treatment for both of them.

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Athina
Siamese
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

The vet check my cat with a kind of light and he told me that it has fungus infection in her heat I can’t identify it. I’m giving her the treatment but Should I isolate it especially I have another cat and children

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Athina has ringworm, that can be passed to other cats and people. It would be best to call your veterinarian, ask what exactly they have diagnosed her with, and whether you need to be worried about the cats and people around her.

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Yoda
Main Coone
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My husband and I have been dealing with ringworm. My Persian cat once tested positive for spores about ten years ago and we had him treated. We brought him to the vet and they said the only thing that came up on the culture was a "grey colony" which was not infectious to humans. However, she couldn't elaborate on what a "grey colony" could be. I don't feel satisfied and feel like for $100.00, I should have a more direct answer. Any idea as to what a "grey colony" could mean? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately ‘grey colony’ isn’t very specific, ringworm is typically white in appearance, but any culturing test should have given an identification of a specific fungus; sorry I cannot be more specific. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sassy
tabby
Ten Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

smells bad

i have three animals a shitzu mix and saint bernard and a tabby cat my saint had ring worm a couple of days ago and is cured now well my cat has a really bad smell to her its not the litter and i have given her two deep clean baths and the smell still sticks around. my cat is about ten and has been to a vet that i know of what is the best way to handle it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you think that Sassy has picked up ringworm, a medicated shampoo should be sufficient; however the smell may be down to other cause which should be investigated by your Veterinarian if the shampoo doesn’t clear it up. Smells may originate from the mouth, anus, vulva, ears etc… knowing where the smell is coming from may help narrow in on a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mo
Maine Coon
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding bumps

Medication Used

Ointment

My cat, Mo, started getting these bumps on the outside, bottom of his ears, and the outside corners of his eyes several months ago. They just look like bumps for many weeks, and then they suddenly burst open and bleed. After bleeding, they go down and away, but resurface again. The vet gave me an ointment to apply, but I think it just caused them to go down a little quicker, and then they still resurface. At first, I thought the first time he got one, that my other cat had scratched him, and that's why he was bleeding, but more and more he gets these bumps that bleed. He does also lose hair where the bumps grow on the corner of his eyes, but not on his ears where the hair is thinner. I've been searching and searching, trying to figure out what is going on, but I can't seem to find anything that completely matches this. Other than these bleeding bumps, he's an extremely healthy, fit cat of about 7 years. He's always in a good, loving mood... no breathing problems, he eats and drinks, no diarrhea or bladder problems.. Please help! My mom thinks he has cancer, and I would just be devastated. He's as close to a therapy cat as you can get and I cherish him. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mo and looking at the lumps it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; bacterial or fungal infection is a possibility but other causes like autoimmune diseases among others may also be a cause. I would look at taking a sample for culture and sensitivity to try and identify a type of bacteria or fungus which is present as well as determining an appropriate treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowby , Blacky , Brownie
Persian
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

Kiskin

I Have 4 wks old persian kittens and they got fungal infection in the skin. Infected area has lost the hairs, I consulted with Vet and got some ointment which is to be applied thrice a day
The problem is when the ointment is applied MoM stops feeding the babies and also it increases the hair loss wherever applied

1. Should I continue medication ?
2. Do we have any other alternative ?
3. Will the hair lost can be recovered once the treatment is done ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different topical creams which may be used to treat fungal infections of the skin, however it depends on which fungal infection your Veterinarian is suspecting (ringworm vs another fungal infection). If you’re experiencing issues with this product, you should call your Veterinarian (kittens under their care) for a review and possibly a different medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layli
Himalayan
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hair loss and pink skin

Layli had some redness over her eyes plus ear infection. Vet diagnosed yeast infection on the skin and bacterial infection on her ears. Since she is 8 weeks old, Dr. Didn't give medication, instead prescribed shampoo treatment for 3 days. After 3 days, she lost a lot of hair over ears, chest and belly while having very pink skin. Is she showing worse symptoms or shall I wait? Should she take oral medicine because Dr. said it will damage her lever?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Layli, I'm not sure whether she is improving or not, but it does sound like her hair loss is progressing, and it would be worth a recheck with your veterinarian to have her assessed and make sure that she doesn't need antibiotics. Antifungal medications can be hard on young animals liver function, but antibiotics can be safely given, if she needs them. I hope that she recovers soon.

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Felix
Mix Egyptian mau
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness, fur loss.

Hello! Can you tell me what type of fungus is in my cat? I've been applying Elica-M cream on him for 5 days now, but I don't know if he's getting better or not. The hair started falling off after I started his medication, but he's acting normally otherwise. He got a fungus infection after a fight with a Stray cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without an examination and testing a skin scraping sample I cannot say which fungal or bacterial infection is affecting Felix, however I would recommend bathing him with a medicated fungal shampoo and visiting your Veterinarian for some systemic medication to help fight the infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dua
Persian
One Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fungi

My cat has been suffering fungal infections on his skin for one month.The fungal infections occur as wounds on skin like the blood coming out continuously from it with yellow seeds.So,i went to a vet near my place to check the problem. They checked with a torch and said he's suffering a fungal disease.They gave us a shampoo to bath him twice a week. They also gave a kentoconazole cream to put on his skin twice a day. But they didn't give injections and tablets to my cat. It's been a month but nothing looks better for him till now. What should I do? Please suggest me a good fast treatment to recover my cat fast. I'm too worried about him.Do he need some injections and medicines to recover fast? How long it will take to be a good cat again? How many times do he need to shower a week?Please help me to save his life. Thanks you so much for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some fungal infections do need oral medications to help them heal, and Dua may need that. You can shampoo twice weekly to get rid of the spores, but if he isn't improving over a month, it would be best to contact your veterinarian and let them know so that they can prescribe an alternative therapy.

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Kittens
Domestic shorthair
3 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fur loss on chin hard crusty skin

My cat had kittens on may 4 they are 3 weeks old now and I noticed last week that one of them had a dry crusty patch of skin on his neck and an eye infection. I took him to our vet where they gave him a topical ointment for his eye and an oral antibiotic for the crusty skin. She said it looked like he had been wounded and it was healing but now it’s on 3 other kittens so 4 out of six have these crusty skin patches on their chin inner ear neck and one paw. Any idea what this could be? They do not seem to be in any pain they are eating fine and momma cat has no lesions or anything like what they have.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ringworm is very common in kittens, and what you're describing sounds like that may be going on. They'll need specific treatment for that, and it is transmissible to humans, so wash your hands thoroughly after handling them. Your veterinarian may give you different medication once they have been able to see the development of these lesions, and it would be best to have the kittens looked at.

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Luce
Persian
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Flaky skin, itching, spreading

Medication Used

Dermichlor spray

I have a 3 months old Persian kitten. He has got some skin infection it started from one ear. Now it is in both the ears and one paw.
The skin of that area has become flaky and dry and the fur is falling off in patches as the flaky skin falls off. The infection is in the inner lining of the ears too.after the falling of the flake the area is pinkish in colour but there are no bumps kind of stuff. Is there an oral medicine I can give him to kill the infection.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing the cause of the flaking skin, we don't know what medication may be needed to treat it, unfortunately. Kittens are commonly affected by bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, determine what the cause of the problem is, and give her the right treatment.

Mine too. First was the Mommy cat. I gave her a propolis ointment and it got better. Her ears that were flaky and dry now become smooth again and the hair start growing again. But now it infects the kitten and I start doing the same treatment.

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Unnamed
Bombay
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Puss

Can I just bring in a stray cat to a vet's office? It's been living in my backyard and does not h ave a tail. It has an open wound with puss leaking. The spot where tail once was bleeds and then it dries up into scabs. Then it peels and bleeds again. Have seen it go through that for a couple of months now. Afraid to take it in because of bleeding

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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People bring stray cats to Veterinarians all the time, sometimes there is a disagreement between the Veterinarian and the person bringing in the cat on who will pay. Before you take the cat to your Veterinarian’s Office, call them first as they may have a policy on stray cats (no vaccination record or medical history). A charity clinic may be more accommodating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 3 weeks kittens have a fungus infection from their mum and I took them to the vet but she said she cannot treat them until they are 6 weeks old and it is so bad all over their body and specially eyes and even worst than the one on their mum. what can I do?

You must take that cat in immediately! How you could let that poor cat live like that for months is cruel. Pure cruel.

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Garbanzo Bean
American Short Hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Oozing
Hair Loss

My 2 year old male cat got outside and came back with a large patch of fur missing. We figured it was just because he got into a fight and his fur was ripped out. A week or so later, it appeared to be getting smaller. It has been about a month or so since then, and it has definitely gotten larger. My boyfriend said he squeezed it a little and it kind of oozed. His energy levels seem to be the same as usual, still constantly attempting to free himself to the outside world. He's not as attention seeking as he used to be, but that may just be because he's getting older and is no longer a kitten. He still gets along with our other cats as much as he ever has. No sneezing, vomiting, or any other usual sign of sickness. We don't want to take him to the vet unless absolutely necessary, as car rides and being in a carrier scare and stress him out more than any other cat I've seen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A skin infection from a scratch from another cat may cause some severe symptoms which may include irritation, loss of fur, oozing among other symptoms; you should visit a Veterinarian regardless (or get a call out) since oozing may indicate an infection, plus this has been going on for over a month. Without examining Garbanzo Bean I cannot recommend any specific treatment, but try to bathe the area twice per day and apply a thin layer of Neosporin if he isn’t going to lick the area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ticoe
Russian Himalayan
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
Hair Loss

I've been putting lamicil on my cats face as fungi has grown on it but I don't notice any changes maybe towards worse like more hair falling and exposure of skin but not better and his eyes started swelling as well

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In some cases of a fungal skin infection topical treatment is sufficient but in other cases more aggressive treatment is required including topical ointments, systemic treatment as well as environmental cleaning. If there has been no improvement so far you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nimo
shirazi
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

what are signs a cat is healing from fungus? my cat lost hair over his eyes about three weeks ago and it started spreading, onto his cheeks, and two front legs. the one on his eye started turning pinkish with white things spreading on it, and now is becoming between purple and grey, but the leg one appeared late and hair was already lost from doing a surgery because he was about to die from eating whiskas, but on that part it became turning more pink and is still there. his cheek remained the same with no noticeable changes. after the first week of the spreading of fungus, we went to the doctor and they told us that we need to give him some medicine, and a medical bath once a week, and said they will put vaccination to speed the process up, but we declined because natural healing is better and we need to see if he is improving.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Signs of improvement are generally the skin returning to a normal colour, closure of any wounds, regrowth of hair among other similar signs; you should get systemic treatment for Nimo as a natural approach isn’t always best and may prolong illness and discomfort. You should visit your Veterinarian for the systemic treatment by injection to help Nimo with recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

thank you so much! we will get him back for the injuction and hope he is going to heal full, i also get him to the sun in the suniest part of the day for about 10 minutes to heal him and give him a better immunity. i know that shirazi cats have so much fur and are not used to heat, but we cut his hair and cool him up when needed.

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Lucy
Persian
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fur Loss

My kitten (Persian) 3 months old is diagnosed with fungal infection in skin 17 days back and started treatment immediately, ivermectin injection and an oral tablet was given to Continue for 10 days. And a cream was also prescribed to apply on a daily basis. I have continuously done the same for 10 days and today being the 10th day the kitten again lost fur from a different place. What could be the reason for continuous hairloss despite providing the treatment?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Lucy, I'm not sure what might be happening with her, but if she has parasites in addition to a fungal infection, or a bacterial infection as a result of her skin conditions, sometimes things can look worse before they get better as her skin heals. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to make sure that she is healing as expected and doesn't need additional therapy to help her skin heal normally. I hope that she does well.

Thank you so much. I guess she is also having parasites. There is small black dots in the patches( fur lost areas) . Anyways can you suggest how long will it take for her to grow back the fur if provided with proper medicines.

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raizie
Himalayan
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness and hair loss

Hello, my cat has an eye fungal infection, it’s so close to his eye and I’m not sure what to do? I live in a city that doesn’t have any vets so i have no one to ask

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Raizie I cannot confirm the diagnosis or advise a specific treatment; however generally ophthalmic ointments are prescribed for eye infections and they may include just an antibiotic or may be combined with an antifungal and steroid. I cannot tell you a specific product to purchase since i don’t know what is available near you; but you should call a Veterinarian in a neighbouring town and they may advise you of a product. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shrimp
domestic short hair
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

I have an 8 week old kitten who was orphaned at 6 days of age. The inside of his one ear is completely bright pink, wet in appearance, with skin pealing off. He is currently on Veraflox orally which he has been on for 8 days and is not working.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Shrimp may have a bacterial or fungal infection, or a parasite that is causing those signs. He may need a topical medication to treat it - it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, or have a recheck if he already has been examined, to determine why the problem is not resolving. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Bistro
Persian
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
Bad smell
Alot of “pimples” on
Redness on skin

Medication Used

Spray and shampoo from vet

I’ve had my persian kitten for a while now (about 4-5 months) and never notices these pimples that are present on his second until 3 weeks ago, i thought that they were dirt or something to not worry about, then when i was petting him i smelled a foul odor and then took him to the nearest vet. The vet confirmed that he had a fungal infection and gave me a spray and shampoo i’ve kept him in a cage since i have other cats and i dont want him to be infected. Please help :(

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gambler
Cat
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

my 4 month old kitten has ringworm which the vet is treating for the past two weeks that is not the problem now for 2 days he became lethargic for 2 days now - took him tog the vet and he could not find anything wrong?????

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens can be affected by viral and infectious diseases that might make them lethargic, and anti fungal medications can be hard on kittens. Since I don't know what medications Gambler is on and am not able to examine him, it would be a good idea to follow up with your veterinarian if he isn't improving, as he may need supportive care until he feels better.

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Wanda
Sherazi
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Inflamation
Alopecia
Depression
Loss of Appetite

Hello my cat suffer from alopecia in she specific areas in her skin with inflammation in these areas...1st it appeared on her left leg then I found also one under the tail and at 2 corners of her mouth...I paint antifungal ointment on them but I afraid if they are contagious for me and my family !!!
And how long they will stay??
...
The cat was ill for 2 weeks and was taken Augmentine and mucogel

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Wanda, I am not sure what type of lesions those spots might be, if they are contagious and how long they might be there - it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian and get treatment for the lesions, as your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the spots.

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luci
Indian
1 Week
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Infection

hi i am from india i have a 1 week old kitten.recently we r seeing some infextion in her head and leg some kind of liquid is coming in the infected spot there is no hair

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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if you are able to have Luci see a veterinarian, she may need antibiotics or other therapy, especially because she is so small. If you don't have veterinary care, you can try and clean the area twice daily with antibacterial wash, but without medication I'm not sure if she will be okay.

but where i live their is no vetenary clicnic

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Wedgit
Calico
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking and scratching

My cat has a patch on her back that’s missing fur and it doesn’t have any bite marks but it looks infected and we’ve been cleaning it up ever since we saw it but we don’t know what it’s from. We think she may have burned herself maybe on one of the lightbulbs or gotten in a fight with another cat and it like been pulled out instead of bitten out if that makes sense.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Wedgit pulled the hair out themselves due to irritation from an injury, infection or sting/bite; without examining Wedgit I cannot say what the cause is but if the area looks infected you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine a cause and to receive treatment as systemic therapy may be required to help clear it up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Felix
Egyptian Mau
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hello! A week ago my cat, Felix, fought with a stray cat, and he got some minor cuts in his head. I started to notice since then something like a dandruff and when I took him to the vet he said he's beginning to have a fungi infection. He told that it's alright to touch him,, but I read online that fungi could transmit to humans by touch. Can I pet my cat without fearing to get infected? He only has the fungi on his head.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Different fungi act differently, and some (like ringworm) are zoonotic, and transmissible to humans and other animals. It would be a good idea to call your veterinarian, ask what type of fungus they believe that he is suffering from, and whether you need to worry about contagious disease. If your veterinarian thinks that he has ringworm, you should limit touching him until it has resolved, and wash your hands and his bedding frequently.

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Zozo
mixed
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello My black cat, 8 years old, has dandruff and scabs down his spine and on his tailbone. In some places his skin looks reddish. His behavior is the same and I haven't noticed any decrease in his appetite. I have another cat and he doesn't have any dandruff or scabs. Both of my cats stay inside.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sometimes dandruff is more evident on a black cat than another color cat. It would be a good idea to have Zozo examined to see if he actually has a problem with his skin or if his level of dandruff is normal for him.

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Flippy
Indian
1 Year
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Itchy
Dry Patch
Dry Patche
Licking too much
Debris in ears
Loss of Appetite
Hairloss
Dry Patches
Redness

Medication Used

Itraconazole , nizral, betadine, w
Itraconazole , nizral, betadine, wo
Itraconazole , nizral, betadine, wokazole

I got flippy spayed in April.Evr since then she is experiencing probs on her skin.First I saw a bit hair loss marks over her ears.The vet said it would be e-collar.Later I saw it getting more severe and on her face . Slowly I could spot fleas .Removed those.Later on it kept spreading.About a week back we discovered she has fungal infection.Reports also mentioned presence of staphylococcus but the vet said that it is usual to be seen as a presence in reports so ignored that part .For treating fungal he suggested that use itraconazole and geution violet solution topically .Also nizral for bath once.
I have stopped putting violet solution as I find it pointless and traumatizing for flippy because of her reaction when I put it and also that we have to put the collar on her for the same .
She has really bad memories to remember with the collar as it was on her for quite a long time ever after her spay as her wound didn't heal on time.

We got her spayed and also post operationcare for 6 days.Thats where it must've begun from as from third day of her at home,I could see something on her ear lobes .Please help me.Its been 5 months.I need to save her.Tried enough vets , medications feel hopeless.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem here is that the infection has been identified and isn’t responding to treatment, the specific type of fungal infection would indicate the specific treatment required; if you are just giving baths and topical treatment it may be a case that you need a systemic antifungal treatment in addition to the baths and topical ointment. There is nothing extra I can recommend at this time apart from continuing treatment and getting systemic treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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