Do cats carry or spread lice?

United States
@momiecat (997)
September 15, 2008 12:52am CST
A friend of mine feeds a feral colony of cats in an apartment complex. Supposedly one of the tenants has a 3-year-old boy with head lice. They went to a physician and that doctor told the parent that it was possible that the child got head lice from cats. These cats are outdoors and do not go anywhere near the child. I think it is impossible for the cats to spread lice to a child. There are actually not more than about 7 cats in the colony and they are all well cared for. Does anyone have experience with a situation like this and can you provide me with a professional answer?