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Lamisil comes in pill form, so you either have to force feed the medication to your cat or mix it in with the cat's food. The recommended daily dosage of lamisil for cats is usually between thirty and forty milligrams per kilogram of body weight. Treatment with this medication continues every day for between fifteen and twenty-eight days; the exact duration of treatment will be decided by a veterinarian, depending on how severe the ringworm infection is.
Twice a day, I make a 50-50 mix of ACV and water in a small bowl, wet a couple of cotton balls in it and dab it all over the afflicted spots. I then let the area air dry and immediately apply Lamisil to the spots. So far, it seems to really be working but no matter what you use, it takes about 10-20 days of aggressive treatment to completely rid the animal of ringworm. ACV is great because, despite the harsh smell, you can use it not only treat the ringworm but also to disinfect the room where the cat is being kept. It is extremely important to keep your cat's living quarters disinfected and, just for good measure, I dampen a paper towel and wipe his body down with the ACV mix to make sure that no ringworm spores have been passed to other parts of his body. Also, I have been using an antifungal shampoo for cats/dogs and I wash Leo with it once or twice a week...depending on how slimy he gets with the Lamisil.
Fifty-three days later, Morel graduated from the program, a sleek, happy cat who was shortly adopted by his forever family. And all cats currently being treated for ringworm at the shelter have graduated, too - from the vintage trailer that housed the program until last year into the Maddie's FIT (Felines In Treatment) Center, a brand-new structure featuring exam rooms, a dermatology lab, two kitchens, a laundry and dip rooms.The average length of treatment is around five weeks, with kittens housed with their littermates taking the longest. Cats who test positive for ringworm but have very little growth on the culture and no symptoms of the condition on physical examination are sometimes re-cultured, given a preventive dip, and then put up for adoption."The original program arose in response to a very passionate group of volunteers that wanted to be able to at least try and treat ringworm positive cats, because they had seen a number euthanized for no reason but ringworm," Rodgers said. "Without that core group of volunteers willing to take on daily care and the not-so-pleasant task of dipping cats and making sure they made it through treatment okay, the program would never have gotten off the ground."The new treatment center is also much less stressful than the shelter itself. "Shelters are very busy places, with a lot of noise and hubbub, but the cat ringworm center is very quiet," Rodgers pointed out. "We keep a routine of coming and going, so there's not a lot to disrupt their sleep. It's quiet and restful."Ringworm and URIs aren't the only things being addressed while the cats are in treatment. "Managing stress levels in cats is difficult in any shelter environment, but it's particularly challenging with ringworm cats," Rodgers said. "Because the cats can't be housed in community settings or allowed to run around on the facility floor, one of the challenges we face is making sure they get enough stimulation and good experiences to outweigh the negative aspects of treatment."The university is continuing to compile data and consider future studies, she said. "They keep learning things from our experiences. We have a steady supply of ringworm cats and if we can come up with faster and less intensive treatment regimens that work, we'd be glad to share that with everyone."