There’s a Fungus Among Us!
We invite you to visit some wonderful cats whom just so happen to have ringworm. Most of our kittens with Ringworm are highlighted on our website with the slogan Ringworm Camp. These “crusty” babies are adoptable immediately, and come with a ringworm care package and information packet. Cats, kittens and dogs who aren’t adopted during their fungal treatment will graduate to the mainstream adoption program and attend public adoption events once their ringworm has been successfully treated.
- Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. It is very similar to athlete’s foot, and lives everywhere, including on animals, people, and in the soil. You have probably come in contact with it in your day to day life multiple times and not ever known it. It is very hardy and lives a long time, years even, in most environments, and is contagious.
- It’s possible, but it’s doubtful. Typically healthy people don’t catch ringworm, and if you are good about washing/disinfecting your hands and changing clothes after handling ringworm kitties then you should be fine.
- I promise you it is no big deal if you do manage to catch it. It’s a red crusty little spot, which can sometimes be itchy. If you’ve ever had athlete’s foot or jock itch, then you’ve already had a skin fungus like ringworm. It is super easy to treat on humans because we aren’t furry, just a little anti-fungal cream, like Lamisil, will clear it right up. Lamisil is an over the counter anti-fungal cream that can be found at any grocery store. Apply the anti-fungal cream liberally to the infected area, a few times a day, and keep the area clean and dry. In a few days your ringworm will be all cleared up. Now please note that we are not doctors. Many schools will not allow children with ringworm to attend school. We advise checking with your physician if you have question and concerns about ringworm before bringing a kitty home that has been exposed to it.
- In order to keep your other animals from contracting ringworm, we recommend keeping your new cat isolated in a room that is easy to clean and can be bleached thoroughly (a bathroom works very well), until they have been cleared of ringworm. Also, washing your hands and changing clothes in between handling the ringworm kittens and your personal animals will definitely help reduce any kind of transmission of ringworm to your other animals.
- Topical cream, Miconazole, and Pure Oxygen Shampoo will be provided at the adoption appointment of your new kitty. The cream should be applied 2-3 times a day. The Pure Oxygen Shampoo will be used twice a week and will wash away “crusties”, old cream residue, and ringworm spores. You will be provided with the topical medication, shampoo, gloves, and instructions for treating the kitties – everything you need to treat the new family member for free!
- That’s a great question! If you put your new baby in a bathroom or other confined tile space clean up is super easy. Ringworm is killed by dilute bleach, a 10:1 ratio water/bleach solution works well. Using a spray bottle, available at Home Depot, to apply the solution is very simple. Allow the solution to sit for 10-15 minutes for best results. Sanitize anything they have come into contact with before allowing other animals to touch. All bedding should be washed with bleach weekly, while still infected, and then once more after your new cat is cleared of ringworm to kill any possible residual spores. After your new cat is clear and able to roam freely, the room he was in should be cleaned with a 10:1 water/bleach solution once more.