Relatively little is known about the normal microbial populations on the skin of cats as compared with that of humans and dogs. In this study, researchers investigated the staphylococcal communities on the skin of healthy and allergic cats. Skin swabs were obtained from the ear canal and groin of 11 healthy cats and 10 allergic cats. Skin samples from allergic cats were free of skin lesions. DNA was extracted from the samples and sequenced using a region of the 16S rRNA gene. Predominant phyla found included Proteobacteria (average relative abundance 52.29%), Firmicutes (17.94%), Actinobacteria (13.99%), and Bacteroidetes (11.87%). Overall abundance of Staphylococcus spp was fairly low, with an average abundance of 4.34% in healthy cats and 3.61% in allergic cats. Samples with staphylococcal sequences often had multiple different species, with an average of 2 species per sample. S epidermidis and S pseudintermedius were most common in samples from healthy cats, and S capitis and S felis were most common in samples from allergic cats. S pseudintermedius was only identified in 4 sequences from allergic cats. No significant difference in microbial diversity was found between healthy and allergic cats.