Cats might be known for their impeccable grooming habits, but that doesn't mean they are immune to fungal infections. If your cat has been diagnosed with ringworm or another fungal infection, then odds are he was prescribed clotrimazole. For it to help him, it has to be applied properly.
Trim away the hair around the affected area using a pair of scissors. This will help remove any fungal spores that may be caught in the fur, and help prevent spores from collecting in the area.
Put on a pair of latex gloves (if you have them) and apply a thin layer of clotrimazole cream directly to the affected area. If you do not have latex gloves, immediately wash and scrub your hands afterward, using hot soapy water to help reduce the risk of exposure to the fungal spores. Avoid contact with your kitty's eyes and mouth when administering the clotrimazole cream, and follow your veterinarian's prescribed directions for subsequent administration.
Check your kitty's infected areas often for any signs of increased redness, swelling, blistering, peeling or other skin conditions. These may be a sign that your kitty is allergic or highly sensitive to the clotrimazole cream. If you notice these or any other side effects, take your little guy to see his veterinarian the first chance you get.
- Do not use trimmers to remove the hair around the affected areas, because the fungal spores may get trapped inside the trimmers and transmitted to other pets in the home.
Based in Atco, NJ, Dave Donovan has been a full-time writer for over five years. His articles are featured on hundreds of websites, and have landed him in two nationally published books "If I Had a Hammer: More Than 100 Easy Fixes and Weekend Projects" by Andrea Ridout and "How to Cheat at Home Repair" by Jeff Brendenberg.