Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Simpsonville, SC
Are you sure its ringworm? It sounds like a silly question, but I wouldn't try any sort of home treatment without a vet's advice, especially if you haven't had it properly diagnosed.
Your vet will be able to recommend treatment options. You may even want to consider having the cat shaved. If not the entire cat, definately the areas where the ringworm is causing the problems. This also GREATLY increases the effectiveness of any topical medications you may get (if any) because you can clearly see where you need to put them and make sure they are applied over the entire area.
We recently had a stray dog with horrible skin problems. She had demodex, and when she looked bumpy like she had hives, we did a ringworm culture and it was blazing positive within a few days... none of the medications seemed to be helping, and when I finally decided to shave the areas you could see the massive sores all over her. She must have had 15-20 down each side, up and down her legs and on her stomach. We finally decided that it was best to euthanize her because she wasn't responding to treatment and was miserable in isolation (she soooo craved attention, she'd howl and howl all day until someone came to see her).
I've never seen a case of ringworm turn out so badly, so I'm not saying this will happen to your cat at all! Just please take him to the vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment. The sooner you treat, the sooner he can become a part of your family again!
"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."