Ringworm in Cats Home Remedies

Ringworm in CatsRingworm in cats is not actually a worm or parasite, but a fungal infection. It begins as a small bump, around which the hair will fall out, and then leave a yellowish and crusty scab, or circular, red sores. Since it can cause itching, some cats will scratch it and make the hair loss and other ringworm symptoms in cats worse.

While it often appears on the head and face area, ringworm can appear elsewhere on the body, and thus can be mistaken for mange in cats by owners. However, the soreness of the affected areas should signal otherwise.

Ringworm treatment for cats conventionally uses fungicides in either a pill or shampoo form. While effective, the shampoo will have to be left on the cat for a time, and will stain the fur yellow.

If caught soon enough, ringworm in cats can treated at home. Remember, if you decide to treat the ringworm, it is contagious and can spread to other pets like dogs causing ringworm in dogs, or even humans! So, always use caution, and bleach any clothes that may come in contact with the ringworm in cats. Below are some at home remedies.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar — Dab a bit on the affected area several times a day for about a week. You may also try a diluted rinse of apple cider vinegar after bathing the cat.

2. Papaya — Simply rub sliced papaya on the affected area several times a day for about a week.

3. Grapefruit Seed Extract — Use a diluted solution on the infection multiple times a day, again, for about a week.

Although a common internet suggestion, never ever use tea tree oil on ringworm in cats! This is highly toxic to felines, even more so than using garlic or diluted bleach (which can be safe if used properly). Please consult a veterinarian for proper use of any remedies you choose.