Fungal Infections In Cats

Fungal Infections In Cats

Dermatophytosis is the term used to refer to fungal infections affecting the cat’s hair coat, skin, and claws. One of the most common species of fungi that affects cats is Microsporum gypseum. Dermatophytosis is common especially in long-haired cat breeds than in short-haired breeds.

Ringworm is quite common among kittens and younger cats. But adults can also be affected.

Symptoms of ringworm

Cats with ringworm have a noticeable accumulation of dead skin cells that can lead to dandruff, poor hair coat, skin that is red and irritated, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening), itching, and hair loss (may be patchy or circular). In cats, circular hair loss is the one that’s most commonly seen.

Other signs of ringworm in cats include granulomatous lesions that appear raised, nodular, or rounded. These are commonly called “boils” and they frequently ooze. The skin bordering the nail and nail folds may also be inflamed (paronychia).

But some cats can be asymptomatic, which means they don’t show any symptoms of the problem. Ringworm is contagious and it can be transmitted to people and other animals, thus this is one good reason to take your pet to your Savannah, GA vet clinic for regular checkups so any problem can be nipped in the bud. View their profile to know more.

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