CuteANDGrossFilter: kittens zooming around the house + mushy poop stuck to tail area & feet + newly-discovered roundworm (re)infestation + carpet = OMG what do I do now to make sure it's really clean in here?
We have two foster kittens (mandatory photos here
. They were spayed and neutered yesterday. By last night, they were even more lively than usual thanks to the excellent work by POP-NC
Emmett, the fuzzy black male kitten, had "loose stools" last night which tended to stick to his backside and feet, and I think he was a little muzzy-headed and less fastidious in his toilette than usual as a result of the surgery or anesthetic. Extremely stinky and disgusting, although of course his winning personality and good looks compensate for a great deal. However
, it turned out that he'd tracked a few small clumps onto the carpet, and when picking them up I found what definitely appear to be roundworms. A couple of small bouquets of them.
Ugh. These kittens have already been dewormed (twice). My theory is that they may have picked up a new infestation from a large, fleecy toy I brought home from the animal rescue organization's free but very used collection - it's a 4' long, 14"-diameter fleecy flexible tunnel, how could I resist? This very fun toy is currently sitting in the middle of my living room. I guess I learned my lesson. I'm not sure whether to bleach or destroy this thing - probably bleach, but that will be a mess, too.
But now, I worry that there are worm eggs in the carpet, on the cats, and who knows where else. I've been trying to find best cleaning practices for this situation.
I already know I "probably ought to" do a lot of stuff, including never sleeping again, steam-cleaning the carpet, and running all kittens through a full cycle with bleach in the washing machine -- but the only (very limited and informal) information I've found by Googling downplays the risk of picking up roundworm eggs except in
feces. OK, the feces are definitely all gone now, but wouldn't there still be eggs in the carpet somehow?
I'm inclined to be super cautious and throw away a lot of stuff, bleach what's left, and set fire to the floor -- but that's impractical, I've got a bunch of heavy furniture the kittens crawl under all the time, and my dear man will probably rebel before I collapse.
Is there any definitive information out there? Does anyone have experience with this specific problem? I know that virtually all kittens have worms, yet some people foster litter after litter -- what do they do?
I already know:
- roundworms can cause blindness in young humans;
- they're not that great for cats, including future foster kittens;
- bleach isn't good for kittens, so leaving even a dilute solution it in the carpet to dry won't work well anyway;
- worm eggs can survive for a long time outside a host body (but do they have to be inside feces? or not?);
- berber carpet (which covers most of our floor) is particularly difficult to clean thoroughly.
Thanks in advance for any advice.