How Moth Balls Affect Cats


You have probably been told that Mothballs are a great option for keeping pests at bay.  They have even been recommended for use if you are trying to keep stray cats away from your home, but are the effects of using them worth the risk to the health of the cats you are trying to keep away?

Mothballs are not only stinky little things, they are pesticides

They have a slow release function that allows the pesticide to release a gas vapor which was intended to kill moths and their larvae.  There use has been extended to all sorts of other pests including various bugs, mice, snakes, and even cats.  All of these creatures dislike the aroma of the mothballs, and they will try to stay as far away from them as possible. 

Cats and dogs however seem to get poisoned by these things quite often and when this happens, it can be quite scary. 

Signs of Mothball Poisoning

If you suspect that a cat (or a dog) has been poisoned by Mothballs, look for these common signs:

  • lethargy
  • excessively thirsty
  • walk like they are drunk
  • look like their body is retaining excess fluid
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • seizures
  • tremors
  • coma
  • and even.... death

What To Do If Your Cat Has Mothball Poisoning

If you suspect that your cat has Mothball poisoning, take it to the vet immediately if at all possible. Beginning treatment as soon as possible will greatly affect how well your cat does in combatting Mothball poisoning.

If you don't have access to a vet or an emergency clinic, you can also call the Poison Control Center for Pets.  They will be able to advise you on what to do. 

Poison Control Center (For Pets)

The Poison Control Center can help you to treat your pet in all sorts of poisoning situations.  Mothball poisoning is just one of them.  They take calls from all over the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. They take calls 24/7 and for a small fee, they will give you exact instructions on what to do!  Don't let the idea of a small fee scare you off.  It is right around  around $39 and it covers the initial emergency advice as well all follow up calls. 

The center is staffed with trained professionals including

  • clinical toxicologists
  • veterinarians
  • licensed veterinary technicians
  • emergency critical care specialists
  • pharmacologists
  • board-certified veterinary toxicologists

 The number for the Pet Poison Control Center is 1-800-213-6680[1]


Instant Pet Poisoning Help

If you can't afford to call number above, but you need instant advice in the event of a possible pet poisoning emergency, (and you have an android device) there are downloadable apps that can give you information immediately.  The Pet Tech Pet Saver App shown below is one of those apps that would be very helpful.


Pet Tech Pet Saver App

PetTech PetSaver
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In the event of an emergency, you can get immediate help on your android device with this app. Contains first aid infomation, in case of emergency info, and a poison checklist.

Very good app if you need instant advice!

First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats

The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets)
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This is a great book that you can get either in paperback or for your Kindle. Very useful to have on hand for any pet lover!