Skin conditions, such as fungal infections, can cause a cat to lose fur, scratch and generally feel unwell. Though all fungal infections need to be assessed by a veterinarian to ensure no underlying issue is present, you can treat a cat with natural remedies to make it more comfortable. Exercise care and caution when using essential oils on cats because thin feline skin absorbs the oils faster and there is a risk of toxicity if too much is used.
Licorice root essential oil can be used when the cat is experiencing inflammation of the skin as a result of a fungal infection. Using small amounts of licorice root, dabbing the oil onto the skin with a cotton ball, can bring some relief.
The cooling relief provided by witch hazel is similar to the same effect experienced by humans when the extract is applied to irritated skin. Witch hazel can be applied directly to the affected area of the cat's skin, on top of the fur.
Aloe Vera Gel
The cooling and healing properties associated with aloe vera gel can be used on a feline fungal condition. Apply it directly to the skin to provide the cat with some relief from both itching and inflammation.
Golden seal, part of the buttercup family of plants, has naturally occurring astringent properties. It can help provide comfort to the skin affected by the fungal infection.
Dandelion contains a naturally occurring cortisone which can be used to numb and soothe skin with scabs and sensitive patches.
Peppermint and Rosemary
Both peppermint and rosemary have soothing qualities which can be used to help ease a cat's itchy skin. Bathe the cat in water with a few drops each of rosemary and peppermint to soothe the skin under the fur.