So, Can Cats Carry Bed Bugs? Bed bugs don't live on their hosts, and they don't like fur, so it's very unlikely that your cat is the one who carried bed bugs into the house. It is more likely that bed bugs found their way into your home on linens, suitcases, briefcases, backpacks, or used mattresses.
According to the California Department of Public Health, while bed bugs prefer humans, they will feed on dogs and cats as well. Adults are 5-7 mm long, about the length of an apple seed, and are flat—a shape that is ideal for hiding in bed frames, molding, and box springs. Most bed bug bites happen at night.
Bed bugs, unlike fleas, do not infest their hosts. They live in and around bedding. They feed on their victims and then retire. Humans, cats, and dogs can be bitten by the parasites, but none of us carry them on our bodies. Bed bug bites can cause itching and may exacerbate allergies in dogs and cats.
With pets, you are more likely to find the bugs in carriers or crates, bedding, toys or other items close to where the pet sleeps. If you're petting your cat while you are on your sofa and spot a bed bug on the cat, check the sofa — not the cat or the cat's area of sleep. Chances are the sofa is infested.
New Research Shows Cats Are Future of Fight Against Bed Bugs Over the last several years the role that animals play in fighting bed bugs has grown. Bed bug sniffing dogs, like the beagles in this news story out of the Bay Area, are a great way to determine whether or not you have an […]
Relying on isolating the bed to deprive bed bugs of food if the bugs can still reach pets isn't esp. effective. And cats' claws, in particular, can puncture encasements. If your cats or dogs or rabbits like to eat plastic bags, they can unisolate clothes that have been treated.