Cats can be susceptible to black mold just as humans are. Black mold is a toxic substance that needs eradication from homes, industries and pet care facilities.
Can Black Mold Harm Cats?
Stachybotrys chartarum, toxic black mold, 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 mold poisoning. If a cat experiences symptoms of black mold poisoning, it is best to see a veterinarian.
How Black Mold Kills
One way black mold kills is by way of pulmonary hemorrhaging. Black mold 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 mold is relatively easy to kill. Firstly, seal off the room where mold is growing to prevent contaminating other areas of the home. Use a dehumidifier when an area is 55 percent 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 mold on porous surfaces. Bleach only works to kill mold on non-porous surfaces. When in doubt hire a professional to remove and kill black mold.
Be Careful with Black Mold
Black mold 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 mold is growing in or around their home it is best to call a professional to take care of the problem.