Symptoms: How to recognize cat mushroom

Cat mushroom is uncomfortable and highly contagious - for cats and humans. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of the infectious disease here. But be careful: Velvet paws can also carry the pathogen without showing any signs. The symptoms of cat mushroom are particularly evident in the fur - Image: Shutterstock / ZiZ7StockPhotos

If the cat fungus has already broken out, the symptoms are very typical of a fungal disease: itching is one of the signs. If your house tiger scratches excessively, this could be an indication of infection with the Microsporum Canis. At the point where the cat came into contact with the fungus, the symptoms show up first.

Cat mushroom: bald spots in the fur

Round, bald spots then form there because the pathogens attack the hair roots. In the worst case, hair loss in the fur can even be permanent. The bare spots are also often reddened. Little by little they spread to the rest of the fur of the velvet paw.

If you notice the symptoms, take your cat to the vet as soon as possible. The unpleasant mushroom is also transferable to humans. The doctor can then identify the causative agent of the disease using a skin sample and start treatment.

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Symptoms often show up late

The great difficulty in identifying a cat's mushroom as such is that the symptoms often show up late. Especially if a cat has the pathogen in it for a long time without the disease breaking out. The house tiger is so highly contagious - without the infection having already caused any obvious damage.