Mother Cat With Ringworm Kittens

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Registered: 04-12-2004
Mother Cat With Ringworm Kittens
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Mon, 09-17-2012 - 9:32pm

I am currently fostering a mother cat and her 3 kittens. Not sure on the ages of the kittens but they have started to eat solid food. About a month ago all three babies got ringworm. The mother cat still hasn't shown any symptoms so she probably isn't getting it. The babies are looking much better and it seems the medicine i have is working great but it hasn't gone away completely yet.  I had to quarantine all of them so they wouldn't spread it to my cats so they are in a large crate. The mother is getting very very restless and I don't blame her because she's been stuck in there for a while. I have some medicated antifungal shampoo that I had been using on the babies to help with the ringworm and I was wondering if I used that on the mother would that kill all the spores on her fur. I know that even though she isn't showing any signs of having it she can still be carrying around those spores since she is in such close contact with her babies. I would like to take her out of the crate to let her get exercise so she isn't going crazy but i don't want to do it if there is still a possibility of her spreading it even with using the shampoo.  I asked my local vet and they said it would "probably" work. I don't want to take any chances so i was hoping someone here has some experience with this.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 11:37pm
We had a kitten with ringworm once and the breeder took her back to treat her... So I don't know how contagious it can be but I do know people can catch it from cats so... Wash her if you are handling her... And even if your other cats are isolated. She may be immune - older cats often are, but she can atill spread it! Check out the treatment recommendations here: http://www.cat-world.com.au/ringworm-in-cats

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 8:54am

Fortunately....knock on wood....this is the one thing I haven't had with foster. (please don't let me get it)

I would bathe her.....the kittens had to get it from somewhere and the only real source is their mom. So I suspect she is the carrier even if she isn't showing symptoms. And make sure you are washing your hands really well - Carol is right in that you can get it from her as well.

I would also clean out all the bedding and wash it in hot water with bleach and bleach down the cage she is in.

I know she is going to be bored out of her mind. Is there a room you can keep her in to give her a little more freedom while keeping her away from your cats?

Carol gave you a great link - hope it helps. :smileyhappy:

 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 10:24am

Thanks goodness I haven't had to deal with ringworm.  Carol gave you a great link about it.

I think I would bathe the mama cat as she has had contact with the kittens.  I would also wash all the bedding. Plus wipe down her cage as Jeanne suggested.  I can image mama is getting very bored.  Maybe you can put her in a bathroom or another room that you can clean that your other cats won't be in.

Bless your heart for taking in the mama and kittens.  I hope they all clear up soon and will be ready for their forever homes.

 

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Registered: 04-12-2004
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 5:15pm

Thanks for your posts.

I unfortunately contracted ringworm from another cat at the humane society i work at. I could have been the culprit who accidently gave it to them. We have plenty of med at the shelter that i am using....which its clearing up anyway.

I was cleaning out their cage and giving them med today and notice mom has a spot on her foot that looks suspiciously like ringworm lol. This is the most annoying thing i have ever dealt with UGH!!!

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 8:59am
I had a friend with a litter of kittens that had it and another foster I follow online with a litter that had it. She called it the gift that keeps on giving. The kittens had it, she got it, her daughter got it and then the dog got it. I am glad you are getting treatment. I would still bathe mom since she has been exposed - and may now be showing symptoms. From what Kelly told me, you have to keep on top of it, bleach everything, and give it time. Which sucks......
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Fri, 06-21-2013 - 3:16pm

I rescued a litter of kittens a few years ago. All of them had ringworm, which then spread to my fiance at the time and me. It was HORRIBLE! But the good news is, it won't last forever. I lost count at over 100 spots on my body. My fiance had less than me, but still quite a few. The anti-fungal creams weren't working for us either, so we researched just about every remedy possible and tea tree oil was our miracle cure. The kittens all got bathed in a shampoo that the vet gave us, so make sure you don't use the tea tree oil on them (I can't be sure, but I remember reading somewhere that its bad for cats). Unfortunately the shampoo from vet won't work for my kittens so I found on net the PetsBestRx Ringworm Medicine Pack for Small Breed Cats   http://shop.qbased.com/non-toxic-small-breed-cat-ringworm-treatment-p/pbpk031.htm from Q-based Solutions. And Im glad it works well to all my kittens. It cleared up VERY quickly that way. I know its a pain. I don't for a second regret taking those kittens in, but that may have been one of the most miserable times of my life!