Despite the name, Ringworm is not caused by a worm at all, it is a fungus that causes patchy areas of hair loss and red skin generally on the head, ears and forelimbs.
Also known as dermatophytosis, this disease is highly contagious. If you suspect your pet is infected, you must quarantine them and speak to your vet for advice. If one cat has ringworm, it’s very common for a whole household to become infected, so you’ll want to check all other pets and humans for symptoms.
Ringworm can be transmitted through direct contact or contact with items like bedding and food bowls that have been contaminated with skin cells and hair.
Treatment depends on the severity, and your vet will advise what’s best. Generally, a special shampoo used regularly for a month or two will do the trick. If the disease is more severe, you may need to administer oral medication.