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Can You Get Ringworm from Cats?



You CAN get ringworm from cats.

More Info: Ringworm is not actually a worm at all. It manifests as a result of a fungus in the form of a red, itchy patch on pets or humans in a ring shape. Ringworm is a very common infection that occurs in cats. One of the biggest concerns you may have as a pet owner is whether you can get ringworm from your cat. You indeed can get ringworm from your cat.

Who Is at Risk?

While ringworm is not a serious medical condition, it can be quite annoying. It is very itchy and can be transmitted from your cat to you and other people in your household. Children are probably at the greatest risk of getting ringworm from your pet. However, the risk of a healthy adult getting ringworm due to contact with a pet cat is relatively small. You are far more likely to get the condition from another person in a place where it tends to be humid as it is a fungus that thrives in warm, moist areas.

Prevention and Treatment of Ringworm

Ringworm in cats is easy to treat and can be prevented if you are quick to bring it to a vet. If you do end up getting ringworm from your cat, it is easy to treat. You can visit your doctor and get treatment in the form of oral medications or cream.



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