Ask-a-Vet: Question and Answer
Breed: Short Hair Domestic
Age: 7.0 years
Weight: 13.0 pounds
7/4/2012 10:14:59 AM
Are moth balls toxic to cats? I am trying to stop my cats from using my crawl space instead of the oitter boxes to go to the bathroom. Someone told me that cats do not like mothballs and I thought that may keep them away from the crawl space.
7/4/2012 1:30:10 PM
Thanks for your question. Mothballs are toxic, and I would recommend not using them. There are several products available that may work, most of them made to keep cats away from gardens. The most reliable, obviously, would be a barrier of sorts, mesh or other fence type material.
Best of luck,
Renee Rucinsky, DVM, DABVP (Feline specialty)
Dr. Rucinsky is board certified in Feline Practice. She is a recipient of the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award for Excellence in Feline Medicince and Surgery. Her special interests include geriatrics, endocrinology, and urology.