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This medical condition is actually not caused by worms at all, but rather by a fungus. The sores on the skin due to ringworm fungi are circular, but there are no worms involved. If you believe that you cat may have ringworm, make sure that you have him or her see a vet to clear the problem.

Ringworm is also called dermatophytosis. There are four species of fungi that cause ringworm in a cat, and because some of these organisms are so well adapted to a cat's body, about 20% of cats have ringworm and show no outward signs of the disease. Ringworm commonly infected the dead skin, nails, and hair on an organism, using the keratin in the tissue as food.

Ringworm in cats develops through both genetics and environmental factors. For example, research has shown that certain cat species develop the disease more readily. Since the disease spreads quickly between cats, legal or illegal breeders may find this a huge problem. Ringworm causes the hair to break off at the skin and may be itchy.

There are different ways of treating ringworm in cats.

Firstly, medications can be given to clear up the fungi found in the body. These may or may not have side effects, so make sure your vet gives you the assurance that the medication is safe for your cat.

Anti-fungal shampoo baths could also be effective. These baths should be given every day regularly and are great for cats that don't mind the water.

Lime sulfur dips, done weekly, can also be affective. If you have other pets, they may need to be treated as well to prevent the ringworm from spreading.

Vaccines are available to help build an immunization to ringworm. If you cat has extremely long hair, clipping it may be necessary.

Ringworm can infect humans as well as cats, especially children. If your cat has ringworm, or if you suspect this is the case, consult your vet immediately. He or she can recommend what course of action you should taken in order to help your cat overcome the ringworm as well as to help the fungi from spreading to other pets and people of your household.

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