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.
Infected cats continuously release fungal spores from their skin and fur. These spores, which continue capable of causing infection for many months, are difficult to destroy from a household.