While bed bugs prefer human hosts, bed bugs will feed on dogs and cats if no other food option presents itself. How to tell if your pet has been bitten by bed bugs If you suspect your furry family member has been bitten, look for overall irritability and vigorous scratching, licking, or gnawing at wounds.
Thomas: Because cats don't carry bed bugs like they do fleas or ticks, you can't keep them off your cat with flea treatments. Dahlia: The only way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is to de-clutter, wash the heck out of all your (and your cats') bedding and clothes, and bring in exterminators to treat your home.
That flea collar might do well to keep jumpers off of your dog or cat, but it won't do much against bed bugs that might latch on for a quick snack. If you're traveling with your pet this summer, or your pet is an outdoor roamer, you need to know how bed bugs and cats mix, and what to look for if they do.
Bed bugs feed on pets like dogs and cats but only when no human victim is around. This is because, bed bugs are found to prefer feeding on human blood as compared to that of pets. These pests find the carbon dioxide released by human beings more attractive. A dog and a cat
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 infestation.
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.