I noticed someone had put out by the garbage one of those 'cat furniture' things, where you have basically a structure covered in what looks like rug carpet for the cat to play on.
Well, I have two cats and I thought that would be nice to pick up and maybe my couch will last a little bit longer if they had something else to claw on. So I grabbed it and have it in my car now.
But I got to thinking that this is a used piece of cat furniture, and I wondered if it was dangerous in any way. How likely is it that it could have some kind of cat disease on it, or whatever. I have no idea about these things, so just thought I put it up on one of these 'catboards' to see if I could benefit from the experience of others who know a lot more about cats and their possible diseases that can come from other cats.

thanks,
dg
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I noticed someone had put out by the garbage one of those 'cat furniture' things, where you have basically a ... others who know a lot more about cats and their possible diseases that can come from other cats. thanks, dg

I don't think you'd have to worry about disease too much. Vacuum it off really well. You could spritz it down with a carpet cleaner and vacuum that off too.
Karen
I don't think you'd have to worry about disease too much. Vacuum it off really well. You could spritz it down with a carpet cleaner and vacuum that off too. Karen

Depending on where you live, you might also want to treat it for parasites, such as fleas, before bringing it in.
Other than that, spray it with disinfectant of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. There are some viruses and bacteria that can live on carpet for awhile. That's just a bit of paranoia on my part, though. Most likely there isn't a thing wrong with it.

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I don't think you'd have to worry about disease too ... down with a carpet cleaner and vacuumthat off too. Karen

Depending on where you live, you might also want to treat it for parasites, such as fleas, before bringing it ... likely there isn't a thing wrong with it. ~kaeli~ Practice safe eating - always use condiments. http://www.ipwebdesign.net/wildAtHeart http://www.ipwebdesign.net/kaelisSpace

That's a good idea. Hadn't thought about fleas etc. But I bet its OK too. I have disposed of trees this way as well or donated them to kitty charity sales. I have one now I'm thinking about losing. You see, I've no tools to recarpet and I figure it's just as cheap to buy a new one as to spend time refurbishing. Others, have time and skills to make the old new. Chances are its fine.
Karen
That's a good idea. Hadn't thought about fleas etc. But I bet its OK too. I have disposed of trees ... as to spend time refurbishing. Others, have time and skills to make the old new. Chances are its fine. Karen

I agree. I didn't think about fleas, either. The only thing I thought about was ringworm. The OP could put a bleach solution in a hand-held carpet machine and after that, I think it would be fine.
Sherry
You might want to give it a good sniffing and check it out with a black light. Maybe it was thrown out because it got sprayed. The scent of another cat's spray on it could upset your cats.

Mel
I noticed someone had put out by the garbage one of those 'cat furniture' things, where you have basically a structure covered in what looks like rug carpet for the cat to play on.

Tear the carpet off and throw it out.
Run around to the carpet stores in your area and pickup enough scraps to recovery the structure and you are good to go.
I would not trust the old carpet, who knows what has been on it that may disrupt your household.

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
Would you worry about getting some weird disease from picking up a sofa from the garbage?
Spray it for fleas and make sure it doesn't smell horrible.
Might want to also put some flea killer type things on it for a wile just in case as well.

But always remember that you're only supposed to have carpeting on the places the cats site, not on the parts they scratch. Twine or rope wrapped around the scratching parts is much better and safer for the cats. Pieces of carpet fibers can get off and get stuck by the cat's claws and irritate them.
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