How to treat walking dandruff in cats
Cheyletiellosis, also called walking dandruff, is a highly contagious skin disease of cats caused by Cheyletiella mites. These mites can also infect dogs and rabbits. These large mites cause excessive flaking of the skin, or dandruff. Cats in direct contact with other cats, such as in shows, shelters and boarding or grooming facilities, are more at risk.
Cats infected with the Cheyletiella mite will be covered in the characteristic white dandruff, and are often intensely itchy. This itchiness may also cause cats to exhibit unusual behavioral changes, such as excessive grooming. These mites can frequently cause extreme irritation of the skin, resulting in redness, sores and hair loss, but some cats do not seem to react to the mite by scratching. Other cats may also be carriers of this disease and can be free of visible symptoms.
To treat walking dandruff, you need to get rid of the mites on your cat and in the environment. Parasite-control products are usually effective if used appropriately and for a prolonged period. To prevent reinfection, make sure to treat all animals in your home. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent walking dandruff. These include reducing your cat’s exposure to infected animals, keeping her bedding and environment clean and free of parasites, and checking her often for anything out of the ordinary.