Can I cuddle my cat with ringworm?

NO. People ask whether they can cuddle their cat if their cat has ringworm. Through personal experience, I would strongly suggest that you do not cuddle your cat if they have ringworm. This is because it is a highly contagious fungal infection which is likely to be transmitted to you as it is zoonotic meaning that it can be transmitted from animals to people and vice versa.

Ringworm on cat in a typical position
Ringworm on cat in a typical position. Photo in public domain and modified by MikeB.
Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles:- Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

And once you’ve got ringworm it is very, very difficult to get rid of it permanently. So, the best thing to do is to seek professional advice about getting rid of ringworm from your cat before you cuddle them. That sounds very harsh but you don’t want to have ringworm for the rest of your life, do you?

You can actually get rid of ringworm on a person using UVB light as we don’t have fur. I should know because I do it myself. I caught ringworm from my deceased mother’s black, three-legged cat adopted many years ago (see him below). He had it on the base of his tail. I noticed it and pretty well ignored it. He gave it to me and I’ve still got it on my legs.

Three legged Black cat
Three-legged black cat Charlie. Photo: Michael Broad

I have to irradiate the ringworm on my legs from time to time with two 30 second blasts over consecutive days from a handheld UVB light. This fixes the problem for months at a time but it doesn’t go away completely. The picture below is of my leg after UVB treatment. You can se it drying up and the skin flaking off.

Ringworm transmitted to cat owners can be cured in minutes with UVB light
Ringworm transmitted to cat owners can be cured in minutes with UVB light. Photo: MikeB

UVB therapy
UVB therapy. Image in public domain.

I need a special treatment to rid myself of it permanently but I would rather do it this way because it manages it very well and it doesn’t use chemicals or any other nasty substance. That is my personal opinion and there is nothing better than personal opinion based upon personal experience backed up with good knowledge about domestic cats and diseases. I qualify in that respect.

It can be difficult to tell if your cat has ringworm unless is particularly bad around their face because the fur hides it.

I have many pages on ringworm on this website which you might like to explore – please click on the tag below this article. I have a page which explains why ringworm causes a ring of inflammation which may interest you for example.

RELATED: The process that causes ringworm in cats (and why symptoms are circular)

And don’t forget it’s a complete misnomer that this is caused by a worm. It is caused by a fungus as mentioned.

Here is an infographic by me on this highly contagious and irritating disease.

Ringworm in cats - some notes and a tip in an infographic
Ringworm in cats – some notes and a tip in an infographic by MikeB. It is free to use under a Creative Commons: ATTRIBUTION-NODERIVS CC BY-ND license. Click on the image which takes you to a larger image. Click on that and them right click the subsequent image. Select ‘save as’ from the menu.

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