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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2006, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Ringworm and conjunctivitis in tiny kitten

I adopted a little bitty kitty- 6weeks old- about 4 days ago. We already have a one year old cat named Cookie that is perfectly healthy and large.

We were advised to keep the two separated until I could get the kitten to the vet for a check-up, so for the most part we did. I took the kitten in 2 days after we got her. Wasn't too hard, because Cookie growls and hisses at the mere thought of little Ellie sharing his house.

We found that she has ringworm on one ear, just a small patch. And she has conjunctivitis in both eyes.

I'm giving her a powdered antibiotic once a day, ointment in her eyes and cream for the ringworm, both once or twice a day.

My question is, should I be bleaching her bedding every day? (We have her in a large Pet Porter for the next several weeks.)

And the vet didn't mention this, but I was reading that dipping her in LymDip should be the first part of her treatment, plus the ointment.

I wish I knew what the best course of action would be. i really don't want any of my kids or our other cat to get the ringworm!

Any advice?

Stephanie


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2006, 11:01 AM
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Clean bedding would be a plus for sure,

but the ring worm isn't going to hurt anyone too bad, so if they did get it by chance, it shouldn't be fatal.

Do a search on the forum for your key words and see what you come up with,

sorry I can't be much help, but aren't kittens irresisatble?

Oh, also search the introduction subject, there should be alot of info on that for tips on doing it right.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2006, 07:59 PM
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He may be too young for a lyme dip. I would call the vet and ask. And, yes, I think cleaning the bedding is a good idea. Also make sure you wash your hands well after handling him as it can spread. It isn't a big deal if you do get it but better to avoid it if you can.
Enjoy your new baby!!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2006, 08:07 PM
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Ringworm is mainly a problem for the very young without fully developed immune systems and also those with compromised immune systems. Do take normal and reasonable steps to avoid spreading it, but don't get too paranoid about it. I think bleaching bedding every day is going a little overboard, but it's six of one and half dozen of the other if you want to keep doing it.
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