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What is Yeast Infection and Thrush?

Candidiasis is a type of fungal infection that primarily affects the skin. The infection forms when there is an overabundance of the fungus Candida albicans. While typically rare in cats, yeast infections can cause your cat discomfort. In serious cases, yeast infections in cats may be related to upper respiratory disease, intestinal and bladder disease, and eye lesions.

Yeast infections in cats are commonly characterized by skin sores on the ears or genitals, but can affect many parts of the body. When the infection is localized to the inside of the mouth or the esophagus, it is usually referred to as “thrush”. 

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Symptoms of Yeast Infection and Thrush in Cats

The symptoms of yeast infection will vary based on a number of factors, including where the infection is located on the body. You’ll want to make sure that you’re fully aware of any pre-existing conditions your cat may have, as yeast infections can often share the same symptoms as other diseases.

Symptoms of yeast infection can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Frequent itching
  • Dandruff and hair loss
  • Drooling, if thrush
  • Lesions on the skin or eyes 
  • Excessive amount of earwax buildup
  • Redness caused by irritation of the skin
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Causes of Yeast Infection and Thrush in Cats

Though Candida albicans occurs naturally in a cat’s body, a yeast infection can occur when the yeast fungus spreads to vulnerable tissue through a wound or open sore on the skin. It is also possible that yeast infections in cats can be caused by a pre-existing condition or a medication or antibiotic regimen that affects the immune system. Antibiotics can cause a bacterial imbalance, which can trigger a yeast infection.

Other causes of yeast infection may include:

  • Improper diet 
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Allergic reaction 
  • Use of a catheter due to an operation
  • A side effect of medications for other conditions
  • Pregnancy or lactation 
  • Diseases or drugs that suppress the immune system
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Diagnosis of Yeast Infection and Thrush in Cats

If your cat has lesions or sores and is itching more than usual, it may be suffering from a yeast infection. Contact your vet as soon as you notice lesions on your cat’s skin. It is important that you don’t diagnose or medicate at home, as this may lead to additional side effects or interactions with other medications. 

While a yeast infection isn’t life-threatening, you’ll want to take your cat to the vet as soon as possible to resolve their discomfort.  Be sure to inform the vet of your cat’s symptoms. The vet may also ask you if your cat is on any medications, so be sure to prepare a list of all medications and dosages before you go.

The vet can perform a number of tests in order to diagnose your cat. These include a blood test, a urine sample, a simple swab of the affected area, and/or a biopsy of the lesions. The biopsy is non-invasive as candidiasis tends to affect only the epithelial, or surface, tissue. The vet will then analyze the samples to check for Candida albicans.

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Treatment of Yeast Infection and Thrush in Cats

Ointments and Creams

Topical treatments are often prescribed to treat feline yeast infection. These are applied directly to the infected area. Always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after treatment.

Shampoo

Your vet may prescribe specially medicated shampoos that will help treat your cat’s yeast infection. These shampoos may contain miconazole nitrate, ketoconazole, itraconazole, or fluconazole. These medications will reduce the presence of Candida albicans and promote healing of the epithelial tissue.

Oral Medication

Oral medications to treat yeast infection are sometimes used in conjunction with topical treatments. These medications are usually prescribed if other types of treatment are unsuccessful or if the cat is long-haired and has a more severe yeast infection.

Injection

In rare cases, your vet may suggest injections to treat your cat, particularly if the yeast infection is a more severe type of fungal infection.

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Recovery of Yeast Infection and Thrush in Cats

A normal treatment regimen for yeast infection or thrush in cats usually lasts around two weeks. At the outset, topical treatment for a yeast infection should last no longer than a month. If treatment has lasted more than a month and the infection has not cleared up, you should contact your vet immediately.

In any case, your vet will likely schedule a follow-up appointment. During this appointment, your vet will re-examine your cat, testing once again for an overabundance of Candida albicans.

Persistent candidiasis can be a symptom of another, more serious disease or a possible allergy. In the event that candidiasis is still present despite treatment, your vet may run additional tests to determine if another disease is the cause.

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Yeast Infection and Thrush Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Starla

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My cat came to me with a yeast infection in her ears. I have had it treated twice. But now it's worse than ever. Her face and mouth are swollen. Both vets didn't cure her with there regimens. What should I do???

Sept. 3, 2018

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Merlin

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We have a sphinx cat and he has had allergy’s for a while. We’ve been to the vets numerous times and eventually had blood tests done. The main cause of his infection in Candida albicans. We have been prescribed shampoo and a foam to put on daily but it seems the infection isnt going. Any advice

June 7, 2018

Merlin's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Candida is a very common skin inhabitant, and you may not be able to clear it from his skin. If the allergies aren't getting better, be may need allergy injections or treatments - it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian and let them know that things aren't resolving. They'll be able to determine the next best step for Merlin.

June 8, 2018

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Domino

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Vaginal Discharge
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I have a female tuxedo cat, 3 years old. The other day I gave her a bath, and since then she hardly eats, I don't see much number 2 in her box, and there's a fair amount of clear discharge from her vagina that wetens her tail and upper legs, she seems to be in pain, and growls about it, and my wife believes she has a yeast infection. What should I do?

March 20, 2018

Domino's Owner

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Thank you for your email. Vaginal discharge is never a normal thing for cats, and could indicate a bladder or uterine infection. These infections can quickly become life threatening, and it would be best to have her seen as soon as possible.

March 20, 2018

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Princess

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Maine Coon

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Why do cat drool? How to treat? It’s nose and mouth are wet all day long Few days ago, I have brought him to vet and the vet just gave me medication to treat fungus, itchy skin and vitamin c

Nov. 21, 2017

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Drooling or excessive salivation may be caused by a variety of different causes including infections, foreign objects in the mouth, dental disorders, salivary gland disorders, oral irritation, poisoning, pharyngeal disorders among other causes; a thorough examination of the mouth is needed along with another examination to determine the underlying causes, it is difficult to say without examining Princess. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Nov. 21, 2017

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Peek-A-Boo

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Absence Of Hair From Undercarriage

My 5 year old cat has always had areas on her body that are missing hair. I sleep with her in my bed and she has her pillow right next to me,lined up next to my chest. She cuddles with me, with her head and front paws resting in my hands Her bottom is snuggled up in the pit of my arm, or next to my chest so it is always being kept warm. I have been noticing an odd odor. She is very meticulously cleaning her body. Could she have a yeast infection from keeping her bottom too warm?

Oct. 31, 2017

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There are many causes for hair loss and different odours, without seeing Peek-A-Boo I cannot say what the specific cause is; but keeping an area warm shouldn’t cause an overgrowth of yeast in a healthy cat. The smell may be originating from her vagina, anus or indeed may be related to the skin; I would give her a good bath with a medicated shampoo and look for any improvement in smell, if there is no improvement then the smell is originating from somewhere else and you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Nov. 1, 2017

what would cause my female feline to bleed from the vagina

Aug. 20, 2018

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Beebs

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Not sure

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Smelly Discharge From Her Rear End

My cat has a bad smell and discharge coming from her rear end. Smells like a yeasty substance and she tried to lick it off my bedding. I’m worried but she seems fine other than the bad smell

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Shadow

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Profuse "Matter" Burgundy In Color

My siamese is prone to candida of the eyes and is misdiagnosed as just matter. I know this because he was accurately diagnosed once. The antibiotic of choice is mycians

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aunt violet

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Calico

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Over Licking,Vaginal Discharge

last weekend i shaved and washed my cat because she gets furballs and since its spring shes loosing all her winter fur ( i'm a groomer with 10 years under my belt. i keep my tools disinfected and she has her own clipper blade also always disinfected after use)i've never had issues with her after that but this time i've noticed she has a sour odor coming from her vaginal area( i only noticed because she decided to sleep on my head last night ) and i got a horrible wiff of it during the night. i also noticed discharge after investigating i only wanted to be sure it was a infection or fungus that needed to be seen by a vet and i'm not just going cat lady crazy.

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Tabby

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Drool, Bad Breath

1 cat spent an inordinate amount of time licking the inside of cat 2's ears. C2 ears smell AWFUL! Like soured dough. Shortly after this, C1 started regularly drooling (new) & his breath began to smell like her ears. Drooling got worse - thick, clear, ropey. He began struggling to eat & drink. Lost weigh rapidly, dehydrated. Local vet essentially blew me off, blaming drool on stress of car ride, & tells me it's feline diabetes. Same person thought a broken scrap of dry cat food found in the carrier was my cat's tooth until looking in cat's mouth to see no missing teeth. Cat's mouth is also mostly white coated. To say I'm displeased is putting it lightly.

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K

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Ocicat

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Lethargy

My about-to-be-12 year old femal Ocicat was bitten by a very venomous spider - probably a black widow - and was treated at the ER vet, plus home or antibiotics (Augmentin) for several days. I am worried about her having a yeast / candida infection of the gut, tongue, etc. now. Can I give her probiotics (meant for humans) or is there something else tht the vet can give her on follow up? She will *not* eat yogurt. Thank you!

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