Are bed bugs harmful to young kittens??

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Question by sandrews41984:
Are bed bugs harmful to young kittens??

I have found little black bugs in our bedroom, not alot but one every now and then. And i am waking up every morning w/ a new itching bite somewhere on my body. Im still waiting to hear if they are bed bugs or ticks, and I just got a new kitten who is only 3 months old… I know ticks are obviously very bad news for any animal, but how dangerous are bed bugs for my little kitten?

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Answer by fnnypp
i don’t think so, ask a vet or a vet on Y! Answers

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Cockatiel Lover April 11, 2011 at 12:24 am

It may be ticks that just went in your bed. I say get a new Mattress and take your Kitten to the vet for a check-up. If its bed bugs, they still may hurt the kitty I would stay cautious.


Jamie C April 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

You need to check the seams and tags on your mattress. Also check the boxsprings and headboard. Look for obviously the bugs (black and reddish brown) around the seams. Signs of bedbugs are black spots. If you find any of that, you have bedbugs, and the cat is the least of your worries. You’ll need a new mattress, boxsprings, steam clean the carpet or replace it, and treat all furniture. Bedbugs like wood to nest in. Good luck!


nursecracker April 11, 2011 at 1:52 am

hi… i don’t know that much about bedbugs, but i do know they live in crevices and cracks.. and crawl up to suck their victim’s blood during the night, and leave when they are full, before daylight usually.

they aren’t that common in the United States, but people can bring them home in suitcases from hotels or if they’ve traveled overseas.

i’m sure that the kitten wouldn’t be immune to being bitten.

i doubt that the bugs you are seeing in your house are ticks. i hope you can get an exterminator soon. good luck


jilly April 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

The bugs that you are describing (sp) sound like fleas. Do they jump? if they do then they are fleas.


nookieman79 April 11, 2011 at 2:53 am

Bed bugs are not known to carry disease like ticks, not likely that they are ticks if they were biting you while you sleep the tick would most likely be there when you woke up. I have had to deal with bed bugs in an apartement before they are sneaky little suckers you can’t smash them they are flat. However there are several non-toxic sprays that kill them instantly I ordered some on the internet it’s mostly iso-propyl alcohol, and get flea powder that contains Pyreth, put that along the base boards and carpet, and keep repeating until you no longer see them. Make sure you wash all the sheets in hot water and spray the mattress down with stuff I mentioned. But mostly bed bugs are annoying not really dangerous. Oh if you want to keep them out of your bed put the bed posts in jars of water, bed bugs cannot jump. If you are finding you are getting bitten alot you have alot of bed bugs cause they can go 10 months without eating which is why they are hard to get rid of. Steam cleaning the carpets can help too.


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