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Why mold testing will save your cat

Does your cat have nine lives? Maybe. These delicate household pets are very agile in evading physical danger. But if your house has a mold problem, there’s a high chance it won’t reach the apex of its lifespan. Here is why mold testing can keep these felines safe and happy.

Mold growth in the house is not good for your cat

Mold is a multicellular fungi that forms a big part of life on earth. We cannot live without it. It thrives in the dampest parts of the house, hiding in cracks where moisture is ample enough. We need mold to make our food taste better, and we need it to create medicine. 

Mold help sustain the cycle of life on earth. Without this fungi, no one will break down organic matter into nutrients the earth can reuse.

Your mold problem will threaten your pet cat

Mold testing is imperative for cat lovers because it is not good to have these microscopic organisms near your pets. This fungi releases dangerous spores in the air, which float around as long as they can until forces like gravity and inertia bring them to the next surface they will colonize. 

Maybe cats understand the danger of mold as well. Perhaps, their sensitive fur feels even these seemingly-weightless spores land on their nimble bodies. It could also be the reason why, unlike their dog best friends, cats spend most of their idle time licking their fur. Your cat likes soft, dirt-free, and mold-free fur. But this makes them too vulnerable to poisoning.

Keeping your house clean, dry, and well-ventilated gives mold fewer chances of finding moisture. But in case you see signs of mold that is beyond your power to fix, it’s time to call for professional testing and remediation. A mold test and lab analysis will determine how much mold growth is already inside your house. 

Cats get indigestion because of mold

There is no scientific evidence that cats clean their fur because they hate mold. But there is evidence that these multicellular fungi can harm cats and other household pets, such as the book Mold: The War Within. In this book, the authors mention how these tiny organism can cause pets to suddenly feel sick and throw up, and eventually lose their appetite because they accidentally ingested mold. 

For sure, you are a responsible cat parent, and you never give your cat spoiled food. You always clean its plate, replace its favorite rag regularly, and wipe its paws daily. But no matter how often you clean them, they will still lick their fur.

Your cats instinctively lick mold spores

Licking makes cats unique. These felines have brains wired to use their tongue for their regular grooming. Licking allows them to distribute oil released by their skin to all parts of their body. This regulates their body temperature, especially during colder seasons.

Licking also helps them get rid of dirt they get while roaming around the neighborhood. And this is what makes mold dangerous to your cats. You will never know where your cats have been at the end of the day. Attach a GPS tracker or a camera on your cat, and you’ll be surprised at where your pet goes when you are not looking.

Cats love squeezing themselves into narrow openings on walls and doors while looking for food or when they are curiously thirsty for adventure. You find them walking on your roof, treading your narrow wall, or chasing mice on your lawn. Now, there is no issue if these are everything a cat does. Sadly, cats also visit the hollows of your ceiling and the spaces behind your inner drywalls. These are places where mold growth occurs all the time. When your cat is exposed to areas populated by mold colonies, spores in the air can reach the cat’s nostrils and penetrate its lungs. And the moment they start grooming themselves, spores on their fur reaches their digestive systems. 

Symptoms your pet cat is poisoned by mold

To know if your cat has problems with mold, watch out for these symptoms:

  1. Your pet has a poor appetite. Your cat is not eating enough even though you are giving it premium cat food. Cats are choosy animals. But there is no way for them to avoid eating this organisms once in a while. A healthy cat would normally vomit unsavory things they ate. Ingested mold, however, is not easy to remove from the body.
  2. Digestive problems. Your cat is vomiting and defecating frequently. When cats lick their fur, the hair they end up eating forms hairballs inside their stomach. Normally, their vomit this hairball. But if the vomiting gets frequent, they could be suffering from a mold problem.
  3. Wheezing and sneezing. It is a warm season, but your cat shows problems with breathing. This fungi causes irritations in nasal passages and often leads to allergic reactions. 

You need mold inspection to protect your cat

Any sign of poisoning in your cat requires immediate mold testing and lab analysis. There may be zero visible mold growth around your house right now. But it could be thriving already in some areas of your house. Here’s how these organisms spread from one place in your house to another.

  1. Stage 1: Mold releases spores into the air. These tiny particles can float in the air and spread around your house. 
  2. Stage 2: Spores land on surfaces around the house. Mold can dwell on any surface, from organic material to wood and ceramic material.
  3. Stage 3: The spores start to germinate. At this stage, the spores grow their roots and expand on the surface.
  4. Stage 4: The mold widen its colony. Intervention is needed at this point, or else these organisms will start destroying your house. 
  5. Stage 5: Mature mold begins releasing spores again in order to find new territory to colonize. This will worsen your mold problems and your cat’s health problems.

A mold testing kit is necessary in this case. Mold inspectors will take air samples for lab analysis. They will also conduct visual inspection to detect small but identifiable growth of this fungi in the corners and cracks of your house. After mold testing, the lab results will provide you and your property manager enough data to identify plumbing leaks, water damage, and contaminated materials that require immediate removal and repair.

You need professional mold testing to find where mold is hiding in your house. At Brooklyn Mold Removal, we have the technology to trace spores in the air and locate spaces where mold is hiding, particularly those infrequently visited places such as ceilings, basements, and behind inner walls. These places are your cats’ favorite locations and where they normally brush their delicate fur with mold. 


Your cat is a darling pet that needs protection from mold. The health effects of mold contamination can harm it beyond cure. But because there is no way to keep it from visiting locations where mold often hides and thrives, these furry pets often end up licking and ingesting mold spores sticking on their fur. Mold inspection will save your cat and help it maximize its nine lives.

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