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Tinea capitis is ringworm of the scalp. A visual diagnosis is extremely difficult for determining the apparent type of fungus. A skin scraping by your health care provider is preferred. Medications may include terbinafine hydrochloride, grisofulvin or Lamisil. Washing your hair with a medicated shampoo will also be recommended in most cases.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Microsporum canis accounts for about 74% to 98% of ringworm seen in cats. It is believed that up to 21% of cats are asymptomatic carriers. (cats which carry the ringworm fungus but show no signs of it) M. Canis is highly infectious. Ringworm can be spread from dog to cat, cat to cat, cat to dog, human to cat, cat to human, etc.

This fungus dwells in your cat's hair follicles. This weakens the shafts which causes hair to fall out. As the condition progresses, the hair loss will develop into circular patches usually on the head and limbs. Your cat may also have dry, flaky skin that's very itchy.

Tinea unguium is a nail fungus of the fingernail or toenail. Tinea corporis is the skin fungus of the limbs, face and trunk. Tinea versicolor is a skin fungus on the back, shoulders and chest caused by yeast malassezia furfur. Tinea barbae is related to the bearded area on the face and neck area. It is so important to know the ringworm location and appearance for the proper ringworm treatment.

Having ringworm is usually a bad experience for everyone. This disease is very irritating because it gives the one who is infected with it a constant itching sensation. Part of the skin that is affected by this disease has red ring-shaped rashes all over. The skin outside of the rash is crusty and flaky, while in the middle is composed of healthy skin. Ringworm treatments are very effective in removing all the symptoms of ringworm, including the itching and the rashes.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Ringworms are the result of a fungal infection and mainly appear on the scalp but also affect the nails and other skin sections on the rest of the body. The fungus is not only found in human beings but also dwells on the skin of animals such as dogs, cats and pigeons. It can also be found in the soil. Infection takes place when a person comes into contact with a fungus-infected person, animal or surface.

Ringworm is contagious. M canis is usually found in clusters around the infected cat hairs. The infected cat hairs will usually shed into the cats environment. A cat can become infected by contact with contaminated objects with ringworm as clippers, bedding, grooming tools and with other infected cats, dogs or animals. Ringworm is more common in young cats that are less than one year of age and long haired cats (Persians).

Bald spots on your dogs skin is frequently an warning of a ringworm infection. Ringworm causes the hair follicles in the infected area to harden and break off at the base. The bald spot created by the ringworm rash will probably appear as a red crusty ring. In the middle of the rash the skin will look natural. The irritation is also very itchy and your dog will likely scratch the spot if he can reach it. Try and keep your dog from scratching the infection if at all possible. Scratching will cause the rash to spread. If the animal is free to wander around the abode it can easily spread the rash to its owner through direct or indirect contact.

With cats, the common symptoms can be excessive hair loss in the area of the head or paws. Cats can also have scaly patches of skin on different parts of there body. With dogs, the common symptoms are lesions on many parts of the dogs skin including the tail, ear tips, paws and face. The best course of action regarding your ringworm pets or ringworm animals is to have your vet diagnose your situation for the correct remedy.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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