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My cat eats moths. Harmful?
Winterblue2 posted:
Hello. A little history. Years ago I used to have cockatiels and now and then I would see these little moths in the seed. The woman I bought my birds from said they would not hurt the birds, that it would actually be a treat for them.

My roommate brought in a box from a friends house who buys lots of wild bird seed and now we have these little moths in the house. My cat used to be an outside cat but is retired now and stays inside. He loves to chase and play with them and eats them when he catches them. Is this harmful to him? They are not sprayed w/any insectiside, and I'm sure as an outside cat he has eaten his share of bugs. Just want to make sure.

Thanks for some reassurance.

P.S. If anyone knows how to get rid of these pests w/o chemicals please let me know. I've read online that bay leaves, pepper, cinnamon sachet bags will deter them but I want to get rid of them.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
No, but they taste bad (but maybe not to a cat!)

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
Winterblue2 replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
Thank you Dr. Weigner. I was pretty sure it was not a problem. Have to wonder though how you know they taste

I would like to add that if anyone has birds and finds moths in the bird seed, I've been told to wrap the seed tightly, put it in the freezer for NO MORE than an hour. This will kill those critters and not effect the seed. Also, this will keep them from infesting your house.

Thanks again.
felisbutlerus responded:
Another way to get rid of grain moths is to put the grain in a glass jar, put a piece of dry ice on top of the grain and seal the jar. Turn the jar upside down and the ice will melt to CO2 and kill the moths.
rohvannyn replied to felisbutlerus's response:
The dry ice method is also a great way to seal up grain and other dry goods if you are storing them in sealed five gallon buckets.


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