Fleas. minstrel is too dark to see them on him, but i noticed them on nutmeg today, lots of them!
we decided to do as the vet told us (over the phone) and reapply their flea treatments and flea bomb the house in the hope that would control them.
while the flea bombs were going off we had to be out of the house for 2 hours, then come back and air it out for 1 hour before any of us (cats included) could re enter.
so here we are having late lunch at a nearby housing development in the car as it started sprinkling!