Sunday, 27 January 2013

Ringworm on kittens - less fatal than the treatment AKA "my geriatricats are NOT IMPRESSED with their new sleeping quarters"

So the Sara kitten, who is adorable and so affectionate and amazingly well behaved, is still sick.

She's not terribly unwell, she sleeps a lot and is generally happy.

And now she has come down with ringworm.  Which means that her vaccinations will be put off AGAIN.  Which means that we still cannot let her outside!  And there is nothing she wants more than to get past that door and play in the sunshine!

but.. But.. BUT... I'm cute and cuddly and you want to give me everything I want, like letting me outside to play with butterflies and skinks!
So, Ringworm, hey.  Grose, but in humans it just means putting some anti-fungal cream like Daktarin on the rash and watching it fade away. 

Cat fur makes this difficult. :-o  Plus, she might clean it off and it's not safe for kitten tummies.  Plus, we now have to wash every thing she has touch, bleach the floors and we are supposed to isolate a 3 month old kitten and not cuddle her.  A very affectionate, well socialised kitten.  *sighs*  So, those grown up cats just became outdoor cats, with nice little beds in hubby's shed.  I am not popular with the Tabby or the Burmese.

The vet explained that she also needs to take the medication, Griseofulvin, for six weeks, to clear it up properly.  Side effects of Griseofulvin are nausea, vomiting... (skip the tolerable ones)... permanent liver damage, neurological damage and death.



So Very No.

So Dr. Eccentricess and Dr. Google put their heads together and researched all the other possibilities.
The safest I have found is... oh yes, this is going to be fun!  Salt baths!  Epsom salt or Sea salt baths!
Fun!  For Whom?

Yes!  I can do this and totally pretend not to enjoy myself and not get thousands of soggy kitten pictures and maybe even one or two soggy geriatric spitting/hissing monster pictures (for their own health, of course)
YOU let her do this and just took pictures!  Betrayal!
The heater warmed towel is earning forgiveness.

 Definition of 'Kitten' - Small, soft bundle full of spikes.


  1. Oh No! Poor kitty. It must be so hard for her to be isolated and not understand why. I hope it clears quickly enough for her to get the cuddles she deserves.

    1. Sara thanks you for your sympathy, River.
      We simply couldn't manage it, so we have instigated a new routine, where one of us plays and cuddles her for an hour or so, then we have epsom salt baths as well. (not at the same time as spikey Sara!) It was decided it would be too emotionally damaging for her to be so fully rejected.

  2. ...aaaaaand another reason why I will never get a damn cat!

  3. Awww! Poor kitty!

    Love the definition of "kitten". :-)