Maybe a 4-8 weeks ago I noticed that my little furry friend was loosing small patches of fur in areas that he licks. His slight hair loss happened around the same time that I inceased my tub count in that building. This hair loss has never happened in his short 5 years of life for have any other ailments.
Earlier today I was play fighting and rough-housing him and noticed his lymph-nodes especially the ones in his head on the left are swollen.
So like many things I asked google and it popped up with like 10 possible causes. On the top of the list was a fungal condition called Sporotrichosis. So now I'm looking at info on Sporotrichosis. I find out that it's caused by something called Sporothrix schenckii and it's found in many types of decomposing soils, peat mosses, and plant material. I'm thinking "wow mycelium helps break down things, maybe there's a link". It said that the most common way to become infected with Sporothrix is through cuts and scratches. Well I have two cats and they can be rough with each other from time to time and when they are really rough there have been times they scratch each other to the point of bleeding.
The one cat that lays in the building with the mushrooms has the swollen lymph nodes. That little shit literally lays on the closed lids of my tubs. So now I'm wondering if it was a mistake ever letting him into that building at all.
Do you folks think their is a chance that this is the reason it's happening? I've never heard of such a thing and dont even know if a Coco Coir, Verm, & Hpoo substrate would have such a thing in it but I imagine that it could. His poor little lymph node feels like a pebble.
You think I should ban him from his napping spot and board up his little kitty door into the building or is it outside of the realm of possibility that Sporothrix is causing this. If it stays swollen more the 10-14 days I'll take him to the vet
Edited by MysticalMyco, 09 March 2019 - 02:36 AM.