Tiny Midnight was found earlier this year by a concerned member of the public who heard cries for help coming from under a nearby car. Our Animal Welfare Officers (AWO’s) were called out, and they arrived to find a lonesome and frightened six week old kitten.
The AWO’s immediately noticed obvious signs that Midnight was suffering from a severe case of ringworm. The infection had spread all over her face and body, and was the worst example of the disease our AWO’s had ever seen.
Ringworm is a highly contagious condition, and can spread quickly and all too easily between animals and humans. Spores can survive for up to two years, and so it was therefore necessary to establish strict barrier protocol for Midnight’s care.
Although we all wanted to reassure and cuddle Midnight, we couldn’t risk the health and safety of our staff members and resident animals. We immediately admitted her to our isolation unit, where she is now undergoing a series of treatments. They include:
Midnight was found alone without her siblings or mum. Though she was too young to have been weaned, she was abandoned before coming into our care. Midnight is nearing the accepted cut-off point of 8 weeks, when a cat should be domesticated or risk going feral. Because of the extremely high likelihood of spreading ringworm spores, and the need to use barrier protection suits with every contact, we are unable to stroke, hug or play with Midnight at all. Whilst she is regularly checked up on, she is now missing out on vital physical interactions.
Alongside our vets, we are doing absolutely everything we can to try and overcome risks associated with ringworm. Every time we need to enter the isolation unit or administer Midnight’s treatment, we must:
The quarantine period for ringworm is a minimum of one month. Fur samples are taken every two weeks to see if the infection is still present, with results taking two weeks to establish. Two negative samples in a row need to be confirmed before vets can say with confidence ringworm is no longer present in the animal.
Unfortunately, Midnight’s most recent test results came back positive for ringworm, so she will need to stay in isolation for at least another four weeks.
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