Q. My cat has dry skin with what looks like dandruff, also black dirt but I see no fleas. She is 13 years old and is pulling out her fur when she groom
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. I would strongly suggest to treat her for fleas anyway, even though you did not notice any fleas moving about. Black dirt could be faeces of fleas. If then she is grooming excessively she may be allergic to fleas, having a flea allergy dermatitis. Other kind of allergies and menu other possible causes are still possible. If she does not get any better after the flea treatment, please discuss the problem further whit your veterinarian or engage in a consultation.