Tyrophagus spp

From Cat

Tyrophagus spp are a common commensal parasitic dust mite[1] which is found on cats worldwide.

Species which are recorded in cats include:

  • Tyropgahus putrescentiae

Although this mite is usually nonpathogenic, frequent infestation by Tyrophagus putrescentiae suggests that mites may play a part in the carriage of fungi amongst cats.

This mycophagous mite could disperse the fungi in animal hair by way of their fecal pellets during a transitory infestation.

Prophylaxis against dermatophytes could be made more effective by the regular use of acaricide agents on cat hair[2].


  1. Chew FT et al (1999) Sensitization to local dust-mite fauna in Singapore. Allergy 54(11):1150-1159
  2. Caretta G, Mancianti F, Ajello L (1989) Dermatophytes and keratinophilic fungi in cats and dogs. Mycoses. 32(12):620-6