Protect Your Cat from Mothballs

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)

1

Have you ever used mothballs to chase away the moths from your clothes and coats? I personally, am not a fan of mothballs, but if they work, then they work! If you do use mothballs, however, you should keep in mind that while they may repel moths, they may attract and even harm other animals. Cats love to play in our-of-the-way places like closets, but danger could be lurking there if you use mothballs.

Mothballs are composed of a lot of chemicals, all aimed at repelling moths, and keeping them away from your precious clothes and coats. However, these chemicals may pose a threat to your other pets, and you should be aware of these risks. A chemical in mothballs called naphthalene is toxic to cats, even if they just smell the fumes. This chemical can actually cause serious damage from vomiting to liver damage to a loss of coordination to a coma.

If you're still bent on preserving your clothes with mothballs, you should take a few precautions with your mothballs. Keep mothballs zipped in garment bags or in secure trunks. They should be in places where your cat can't really go; if your cat can't get into where the mothballs are, it will definitely stay safe from the mothballs and its harmful effects! If you think your cat has come in contact with mothballs, you need to call your veterinarian immediately.

So, mothballs may get the job done and do what they're supposed to do, but just make sure that they're not doing more than what they're intended to do. Protect your cat from mothballs, and you and your cat will be happy!

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

Choosing Hair Care Products

With so many hair care products available, how do you decide which product is best for you? By using these simple ...

Discover More

Homemade Meatballs

Meatballs are delicious and are even better when they are homemade. Here's a great recipe for homemade meatballs that ...

Discover More

Great Pyrenees

Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Great Pyrenees was widely used as a pack dog in World War II. He is ...

Discover More
More Pet Tips

Keep Cat Litter Out of the Kitchen

If you have a cat, chances are you have cat litter for your cat. Cat litter is understandably a little disgusting, and ...

Discover More

Making Your Cat's Life Happier

A cat's life can't be too bad, but as a pet owner you want to maximize the quality of life for your cat. Here are just a ...

Discover More

Quickly Catching Cats

Quickly catching cats is something of a misnomer, and more of a practice in relativity. What this means is that catching ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight more than 8?

2016-01-17 17:40:14

pat

If you suspect your cat has become adversely affected by inhaling the smell or being around moth balls, besides getting rid of the moth balls, what else can you do? My cat has been extremely ill...the vet put him on high level of antibiotics and creme for where he's scratched his neck so bad, it's bloody. He's not that old but I've been very worried I may have to put him down.