Deep Fungal Infections In Cats

Aside from bacteria and viruses, cats can also be suffer from fungal infections. Some of the most common fungal infections in cats are coccidioidomycosis, blastomycosis, and candidiasis. 


Affected cats and dogs experience lameness, swollen glands, difficulty breathing, and lesions in the eye and skin. The main route of infection is by inhalation of fungal spores from the environment. 


Candida sp. is a normla inhabitant of the mucus membranes lining the cat’s ears, reproductive tracts, and the gastrointestinal tract. When there is suppression of the immune function, the fungus takes this as an opportunity to multiply and cause disease. As specific parts of the body becomes overgrown with Candida, symptoms are manifested including the accumulation of pus in the chest. 


Blastomycosis is a fungus that is found in the soil. When inhaled, the it forms a colony in the lung tissues. The fungus can enter the bloodstream and carried to other organs of the body causing skin lesions, fever, cough, swollen lymph nodes, and weight loss. 

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