Black Mold Symptoms in Cats

Updated November 21, 2016

Cats can be susceptible to black mould just as humans are. Black mould is a toxic substance that needs eradication from homes, industries and pet care facilities.

Can Black Mold Harm Cats?

Stachybotrys chartarum, toxic black mould, has been reported as the reason for some cat deaths. Though seemingly a rare occurrence in cats, it is still a threat.

Symptoms of Black Mold Contamination in Cats

Trouble breathing, coughing, red eyes, unexplained allergies and lethargy are just a few symptoms of possible black mould poisoning. If a cat experiences symptoms of black mould poisoning, it is best to see a veterinarian.

How Black Mold Kills

One way black mould kills is by way of pulmonary hemorrhaging. Black mould can create just enough trauma to destroy capillaries which causes hemorrhaging, and then death.

How to Kill Black Mold

For such a toxic substance, black mould is relatively easy to kill. Firstly, seal off the room where mould is growing to prevent contaminating other areas of the home. Use a dehumidifier when an area is 55 per cent or higher in humidity. Make sure there are no constantly wet areas around where people and pets live. Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil may be effective in killing black mould on porous surfaces. Bleach only works to kill mould on non-porous surfaces. When in doubt hire a professional to remove and kill black mould.

Be Careful with Black Mold

Black mould spores can travel through the air, on clothing as well as on a pet's fur. Bathe animals thoroughly in a disinfecting shampoo. Clean all hard surfaces with a strong bleach solution. If a person suspects black mould is growing in or around their home it is best to call a professional to take care of the problem.

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