I have a male cat about one year old that my daughter rescued from the streets. He has been in our house for about 8 months. I notice yesterday he has millions of very miniature white animals all over his fur, I shower him every two or three weeks. This is the first time I have a cat and I don’t know anything about them. I have a yorkie too and I would like to know if she can get this too. What are this tiny animals and what should I do or use and how? Thanks for your help.
Unfortunately, I cannot make a diagnosis on the parasites on your cat without an exam. I sounds like it could be what’s called a “walking dandruff” mite or Cheyletiellosis. If that is what it is, the mite can infect other animals and humans in the household. It can be treated with topical flea preventatives, but you need to take the cat to your veterinarian to have him properly diagnosed and treated.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA