How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 32799
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
Type Your Vet Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

my indoor Bengal cat has white patches in one of his ears,It

This answer was rated:

my indoor Bengal cat has white patches in one of his ears,It also looks like he has a slight bald patch above the eye on the sae side.HE is very fiit, eats the diet recommended from the breeder. He is 10 months old. Any suggestions?. Thank you.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you upload a close-up photo of these white patches to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (not if you're using the chrome browser) or you can use an external app such as or I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Do you see any inflammation (redness), crusting, or bumps associated with these patches? Is Claudius scratching at these areas? Does Claudius go outside? Very few skin conditions cause white changes in cats' skin. I'm wondering if you're seeing white skin through areas that have lost their fur due to dermatophytosis (ringworm) or demodicosis (a mange mite).
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your reply. There is no redness, my husband thinks it is his skin pigment, but I have been thinking it is some kind of dermatitis or a mite, Claudius is not in any way bothered by this, and is not scratching ..

I will have to take him to my vet for him to confirm your ,prognosis as he may need treatment.

Thank you again.


Teresa Murphy.

You're welcome, Teresa. Yes, if there's no inflammation (dermatitis) infection by bacteria, fungi, or mites is unlikely. In some cases, the demodectic mange mite will only cause hair loss without obvious inflammation, however. Hopefully, you're just seeing normal skin color variation.

I'm going to check back with you in a week for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.
Dr. Michael Salkin and 2 other Vet Specialists are ready to help you

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

Please disregard the info request.