A fungus of the genus Tinea causes ringworm in cats. Fungal skin infections in cats are usually transmitted through soil, other pets and even infected human beings. Tinea also spreads on easily to other family pets, young children, elderly people or other hosts having compromised immunity. The disease affects the skin causing itching, dryness, dandruff, reddening, swelling and sometimes pain and irritation. Different types of ringworm infections affect the different parts of feline body causing different sets of symptoms. In this guide, we will study how to treat ringworm infections in cats using homeopathic remedies. Such homeopathic ringworm treatment for cats is mild, effective and devoid of harmful side effects. Homeopathy can also help prevent future infections.
Ringworm Symptoms in cats
Here are the typical symptoms of ringworm in cats
- Raised and scaly lesions with a red dot in the center: the rash looks like a raised ring as if there is a worm crawling under the skin (hence the name ringworm)
- Patches of flaky skin: the cat’s skin become dry and dandruff like scales may be present.This is usually seen on the head or neck, behind the ears, in folds of the belly etc
- Itching: you will see your cat trying to scratch or bite its own skin
- Swelling may or may not be present
- Burning or stinging pain: your cat might react violently to touch, wind and water
A microscopic analysis of hair or shed skin can help authentically diagnose a ringworm infection in felines. Since homeopathic ringworm treatment for cats is completely holistic and based on the principle of “like cures like”, it can be easily administered safely as long as your cat’s symptoms lead you to believe that it is indeed a ringworm infection.
Homeopathic treatment for ringworm
Following homeopathic ringworm treatment for cats can be safely given to the pet/s:
- Apis Mellifica can be used if your cat has any one or all of the following symptoms:
- Dry skin
- Burning pain
- Rosy rough rash
- Feels better in cold air or with ice packs
- Any swelling around the eyes
- Calcaria Carbonica can be used if ringworm is present in the form of small red dots with tiny amounts of blood oozing.
- Lachesis can be used if your cat is extremely sensitive to touch or its skin is purple due to ulcers and coagulation. Lachesis is used in acute cases and must not be administered frequently.
- Mercurious Solubilis can be used if your pet is very sensitive to changes in temperature both heat and cold and is always thirsty.
- Rhus Tox can be used if the ringworm infection is on the face or on the genitals; your cat may be restless because of intense itching.
- Sepia, Sulphur and Tellurium are also prescribed based of other symptoms and condition of your cat.
A homeopathic doctor should be consulted when in doubt or if a remedy does not give relief.
Inimical remedies for ringworm medicines
Remedies that react adversely with previously administered remedies are called inimical remedies. Following are some examples.
- Rhus Tox should not be administered after administering Apis.
- Calcaria carb – Byronia is inimical to Calcaria Carbonica.
- Sepia – Lachesis must not be administered after Sepia.
If you administer a certain remedy and find it ineffective, consult a homeopathy doctor before administering another just to make sure you are not giving your pet an inimical medicine to the one previously given.
Sometimes, your cat might carry ringworm spores but may not be infected. In that case, it still acts as a carrier and may pass on the infection to other pets, children or the elderly. If one pet is affected, it is best to keep that pet away from others until it is cured to ensure there is no spreading of infection to other pets and humans. Continue administering the homeopathic ringworm treatment for cats until the infection has been eradicated completely.