Transporting kitties(4 posts)
We are tenting and I need to take the cats somewhere...I was hoping to take them to a friend's house. They do not wear collars and I haven't noticed any itching, but that doesn't necessarily mean they haven't been bitten. I don't want to risk taking the bugs with the cats! Of course I won't bring any cat toys, etc.
Bed bugs do not live or lay eggs on a feline host like scabies or fleas... It is highly unlikely that any bugs will be transported on your cats.
You can brush and flea comb them or use shampoo for physical removal... if you want greater peace of mind.
You can speak with your vet about utilizing a topical flea preventative Rx ... like Frontline for cats or Vectra 3D for cats... Do not use the K9 version and be sure to apply the correct dosage... Cats are sensitive to pesticide exposure.
Before I boarded my cats during treatment and before I moved (successfully, thank goodness) I just Packtited my both cat carriers. You could probably also rinse one out in the tub too if you have a harder plastic one. They aren't the most agreeable environments for BBs, but I treated mine for peace of mind. Even though BBs don't live on cats, one of mine had a couple of reactive bites (she liked hanging out by their harborage and would eat them!), so I also brushed both cats out just before putting them in the carriers in case a BB was finding her sweet at that particular moment. I also did not place the carriers on the floor once the cats were in them. I set them on a wiped down table near the door until I had gone through my Ziploc routine. I really wouldn't worry too much, though. You should be fine Good luck!
Yes, the cat carrier is probably a bit more risk than the cat (though probably not huge). A hard case can be sprayed with a cleaner and wiped down. Or even hot, hot water.
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