Cat Itchy Skin with White Flakes
by Mark Kreitman
My 25 pound 10 year old female cat Abby has flaky skin with tiny white surface dust on her back spinal area. She exhibits no illness except long oral cleaning conduct, unresponsive affection for her 10 pound co-age sister Slim, and resistance to exits from home to defecate in the yard.
Close attention to Abby's seems to cause me some itching as well. Her photo is attached. I would appreciate advice re how to best to to treat this infirmity.
Mark Editor Suggestion:
I cannot say exactly what is going on with Abby without a physical exam and some diagnostic tests, but her symptoms fit very well with a disease called Cheyletiellosis. The mite that causes this disease can be transmitted between cats and people, which could explain why you are occasionally itchy as well.
I use Revolution
to treat Cheyletiellosis in cats. If your vet is willing to prescribe Abby this medication, you could give it a try.
You should also treat Slim even if she doesn’t show any symptoms. If this doesn’t work, I’d get her in to your vet for an exam and a skin scraping, fungal culture and skin cytology.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM