Moth balls are poisonous to everything (including you) and have a terrible smell. They are just as bad as mice, really, in my opinion. Do not use them.
Years ago, I read in Mother Earth News that mice and rats have a one way digestive system, so they can't burp.
They suggested putting a lid of soda down and they will drink and go away and stop annoying you. I have also read on Diggs that if you mix baking soda half and half with a cake mix, then sprinkle it around the inside and outside of the "entry ways" it works like a charm. Worth a try, right?
The other posters are right, they don't bother with things that they can't eat. They don't have good eyesight so they feel their way along walls and baseboards by their whiskers.
And you can put it other places where your cat can get to, without any risk.
I hope this helps.
Mothballs can kill your cat. Are you willing to risk that? If so, please just find it a nice home right now, before you deal with the mice.
Actually, I have had good luck with moth balls. I sprinkle some in the garage every fall to discourage mice from moving in; moth balls are not 100%, but they do seem to help.
Forget the moth balls. Mice will walk over them or go to your cabinets by a different route. Best bet is to find the opening that they are entering your home from the outside and cover it. They can squeeze though the smallest of holes or they can just gnaw a small hole bigger.
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