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I find this kind bug three times this week,could you tell me what kind bug it is?This bug always appear near my cat's staff?Is this kind of bug come from my cat?Thanks!

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Boyu,

This is called a firebrat, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/silverfish_firebrats.html for a description. They are harmless and not associated with the cat. They will occasionally damage stored foodstuff such as dry pet food so this may be why you are finding them near the cat's food.

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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