Q: Is it safe to have an exterminator spray for bugs while my tabby is in the house?
A: Though professional exterminators use only EPA-approved pesticides, I'd recommend erring on the side of caution when exposing any animal directly to these chemicals. Generally speaking, cats, dogs, birds, and humans aren't meant to come in contact with commercial bug sprays until the insecticides have dried completely.
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I find it strange somehow that this vet seems completely against cats being outdoor cats, even if only during the day. I had a cat when I was gowing up that was very much an outdoor cat, and she would only come in to eat or sleep. My current two cats are not outdoor cats for a few reasons, one being that I live in an apartment, and the other being that I live on a high traffic street.