Common cat diseases

How To Cure Fungus In Cats

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Cure Fungus In Cats

One of the most common skin diseases in cats is fungus. It is a surface infection which is also known under the name of dermatophytosis. It usually affects the legs and face, manifested by skin lesions, swelling, crusting and especially hairless areas. It is a very annoying condition for your cat, and surely you will see scratches or bites in the affected area. From one we explain how to cure fungus in cats, a condition that if left untreated may become chronic.

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Steps to follow:


Once the fungus has been diagnosed in the skin of your cat, you have to be quick to administer treatment because the possibility of infection is very high for both people and other pets.

The treatment of dermatophytosis is complex, many factors must be taken into account before treating it: the current damage to the cat, its age, overall health, if there is risk of contagion and the state of its immune system.


The first step in treating a fungus in your cat is the topical treatment. Topical treatment is a necessary step to treat the condition appropriately. Disinfectant products such as iodine, fungal specific products and antiseptics must be used. Any of these are appropriate to treat skin infections. If we see that the infection does not stop, it will be time to resort to oral treatment and it will be the veterinarian who will determine the necessary medicines and corresponding doses to treat the fungus. Remember that cats are particularly sensitive and so it is the specialist who should control the evolution of the disease and tailor treatment according to how the cat evolves.

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While the cat is being treated for its fungal infection it is very important to disinfect all parts of the house and any object and utensil that it has come into contact with. This will accelerate the healing process. If the infection is found to be ringworm, you must be very careful because humans can be infected too. This is especially the case for children, the elderly and those with an impaired immune system. And for this hygiene is key to avoid infection. You must also keep your cat from coming in contact with household common areas, and do not forget that after touch it you should wash your hands.

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Our poor two yr old kitty out of no where started having sinus issues and when he breathes he sounds congested. We’ve taken him to the vet six times in the last yr
And nothing being done seems to work. He gets short term relief but whatever this is never fully goes away.
He won’t sound as snotty for a few weeks after some antibiotics or fungle meds that weve tried via our vet and during treatment he gets way wayyyy less snotty sounding.
Then when meds are done a week or two goes by and he sounds like he’s soooo so congested. Anyone have any ideas. We even tried an allergy oral med that he loved at first and now he hates to eat it. That relieves some symptoms but nothing fixes it. Our cat sounds snotty and then he sounds super snotty. Our poor kitty Bug could use some advice, he’s a real sweet heart about this all too.
Ruthanne Snyder
My cat has anal gland inflammation. I have tried everything, but eventually what I try causes more inflammation. That is why I think the problem might be caused by a fungus. Iodine helps, but not completely. Can you recommend an anti-fungal agent for my cat?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ruthanne,

The only thing we recommend is taking the cat to a veterinarian. There are many reasons for anal gland inflammation, but they are the only ones able to carry out the requisite diagnostic tests.
Beverleigh Todd
My cat Calypso is 6 years old and has got in the last 3 moths crusting on Germany ears and above her eyes, her fur is falling out and is attached to some crusting, also her tummy is red and sore. She has had blood tests to check for FIV and leukemia. She has neither. She does have a flea allergy but she has been treated. We are at a loss as to what is wrong with her.
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