Cats are susceptible to a wide range of medical conditions – from breathing problems to issues with their joints such as osteoarthritis to blindness. However, regular check-ups, a good diet, and ensuring a safe environment can avoid most issues but there are one or two that are very common issues in felines that most cat owners will have to face. Ringworm is one these issues and is one of the most common skin diseases that is found in cats. Although its name may make you think otherwise, this skin disease has nothing to do with any type of worm. It is caused by fungi called Dermatophytes that feed on the dead tissue found on the skin surface, spreading them around the animal’s skin.
Administering fungicides in some cats may cause some allergic reactions. If you would like to avoid this, then you can opt for more natural ways.
1) Apple Cider Vinegar
It is one of the widely known natural remedies for getting rid of ringworm on cats globally. It does not only treat ringworms on cats but also it is effective in treating fleas, mites, upper respiratory problems, ear infections and more. Apple cider vinegar has some antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal effects that make it effective for getting rid of ringworm. To apply it:
- Use a clean cotton wool and soak it in Apple cider vinegar.
- Apply directly to the area affected.
- Repeat this process twice or thrice daily.
Take caution not to use it on broken skin or open wounds as it can sting or cause some temporary pain becauseofits acidic nature.
Papaya is an effective remedy for ringworm both in humans and cats. The key active ingredient in the fruit provides it with proteolytic and antibacterial properties. It also contains chymopapain and papain both of which are very powerful proteolytic enzymes. To apply it:
- Take a piece of papaya.
- Use the fresh side of papaya to gently rub on the affected area.
- Repeat twice or thrice daily.
Papaya is nontoxic to cats, and you can use it as a healthy additive to its daily diet. It also helps in combating internal parasites.
Garlic is an entirely successful remedy in helping against ringworms. It is a natural wide spectrum antibiotic that has also other beneficial properties that include anti-bacterial, anti-allergen, anti-oxidant, anti-protozoan, antiviral and anti-fungal. To apply it:
- Crush or slice a clove of garlic.
- Allow it to stay for about ten to fifteen minutes.
- Then gently rub it into the affected part.
Fresh garlic will lose its properties as a medicinal an hour after activating it. To reactivate you will be needed to chop, slice or mince the garlic clove.
4) Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has got some curative properties in humans that can also extend to his best friends cats. When properly applied, it can effectively help in getting rid of ringworm and other fungal and bacterial infections on cats. To apply it:
- Dilute tea tree oil with water to reduce irritation.
- Use a clean cotton wool and apply it directly.
- Regularly repeat this process until you get rid of ringworms.
Lavender has excellent antidepressant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, sedative, calmative, and antispasmodic properties. For it to be more efficient, use ten drops of lavender essential oil and mix it with olive oil. To apply it:
- Use a clean cotton to apply the mixture directly to the affected part.
- Repeat this process twice to thrice times.
While applying, avoid any contact with the eye or mucous membrane. Remember not to use it on your cat if it is pregnant or has a high blood pressure.
6) Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver is a powerful and natural antibiotic agent. It also has an excellent anti-fungal, disinfectant and antisepticproperties. For many centuries now, Colloidal Silver has been used for its antimicrobial properties. Also, recent studies have shown that it is one of the most efficient substances that can fight antibiotic resistant super-pathogens like MRSA. To apply it topically:
- Just use a cotton wool to apply it directly to the area affected
- Rub gently
- Repeat twice to thric daily
You can also use Colloidal Silver on an inflamed, irritated and broken skin with any fear of causing any pain.
Additional Tips For Ringworm Treatment For Cats:
- Maintain proper cleanliness of your cat. Spraying or washing your cat regularly with apple cider vinegar will help in killing and preventing ringworm.
- The fungi that cause ringworm mostly live on carpets, bedding clothing or other fabrics like towels. Keep these items clean but in some severe cases, you may required to discard some items.
- Ringworm is very contagious; you would want to wear some protective gears like gloves while applying treatment to your cat.