Fungal Infections

A fungal infection can be found in a cat without it being visible. Such an animal is then called a ‘carrier.’ When clinical signs do occur, they consist of scabs and sometimes bald spots. A fungal infection in a cat is usually not accompanied by itching. If there is an infection, all animals present should be washed for a more extended period with special shampoo and treated with tablets. The environment should also be cleaned thoroughly: fungal spores can remain contagious for a long time.

Keep in mind that what is a reasonably simple disease to control in humans, for example, a ringworm infection, in cats is an entirely different story! Mould is the scare of every Cattery; because of the high infection factor, it can take a really long time and cause very high costs before a household is mold-free. All that time, a cattery is “closed.” This means that no shows may be visited, no kittens may leave the house and contact with other cat households must be avoided.

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