Prepping Your Cat for the Great Mouse Hunt!

Prepping Your Cat for the Great Mouse Hunt!

For some cat owners, the best thing about having a feline friend is that caring for it beats mouse-proofing an entire house! And yes, it is definitely proven that the mere presence of a cat can strike fear into the heart of the most ambitious vermin.

It is has been proven that mice are very sensitive to the proteins often produced by cat saliva. They can literally smell the presence of their arch-nemesis even if they aren’t nearby. That means your cat doesn’t even have to catch mice actively to be a deterrent!

That said, however, you might wonder if it is ever a really good idea for your cat to catch and eat mice. After all, you have to be very careful about your kitty’s diet and don’t want accidentally eating things that will make them sick.

The good news is that taking precautions and checking the facts about mouse eating behavior is precisely the correct thing to do. Here is a short list of things you can work on with your cat and prepare for its great mouse hunt!

1. See if your cat is a good breed.

Some cats are better mouse catchers than others. Among these cats include popular breeds like the American Shorthairs, Manxes, Maine Coons and even the fluffy Persian. It also helps to remember that size is also a very significant factor. Munchkin kittens may not be the best idea but a big, strong Siberian can be more than a match for several rats.


2. Have your vet check your cat’s fitness for the job.

The main risk about having cats eat mice is the possibility of harmful bacteria. For the most part, however, cats have a digestive system that is naturally immune to any germs that pests have. (It really shows how handy they are, doesn’t it?) On the other hand, it is better to be safe than sorry and have a vet check your cat regularly if it has a good stomach for the task. Don’t forget to give your kitty proper vaccines and dewormers.


3. Never use pesticides around the house!

Not only is using toxic pest control a hazard to your cat, it will be eating those toxins through the vermin that it will catch. Besides, it also defeats the purpose of letting your cat do all the mouse catching! Save yourself the money (and the anxiety) by letting your cat do its job!


4. Train it by playing with it.

If there’s one that made cats the feared predator of mice everywhere, it’s their predatory tendency to pounce on things that move. Coincidentally, this tendency is fully active in some popular game with cats. Whether it is playing with laser pointers or feather toys, take time to hone your cat’s hunting instincts. Don’t forget to also have a few scratch posts around to help it keep their little claws sharp and effective.

One can list a number of benefits when you let your cat act as your personal pest control. You save up on using harmful pesticides, don’t ever have to think about calling exterminators and suffer none of the horrifying damages that come with an uncontained mouse problem. The best part is that it doesn’t take much to help it get ready for the mouse hunt!

Train Your Kitty to High Five

Train Your Kitty to High Five

high fiveIt’s nice to see our pets perform a couple of tricks we’ve taught them. Although training them would take a ton of patience and a ton of time, the end results are without a doubt worth it. Training your cat some tricks would also allow you to bond with each other.

You may not reach a “stage performance” type of level, what’s important is that you, and your cat, now have something to share on a personal level. Think of it like an inside joke that only you and your cat gets. That being said, let’s start off with a fairly simple trick that you can easily teach your feline friend. What trick is this, you ask? Well, it’s the ever famous “High-Five” trick!

Steps in Teaching Your Cat the High-Five

Before you start, there are a couple of things you have to prepare. These are treats, a quiet room and a whole lot of patience. if you have all of them in hand, and in heart, then it’s time you get started.

Step One – Start things off by taking your cat to quiet room, or place, where it’s just the two of you. You wanna do this to lessen the things that could distract your furry friend.

Step Two – Next is to have your kitty’s full attention, so make sure that you have him/her sitting in front of you.

Step Three – Grab a treat and hold it in one of your hands. Let your cat investigate and sniff the treat.

Step Four – Now, slowly move your hand back and forth, and over your cat’s head. They’ll react instinctively and stand on their hind legs. If not, they’ll try grabbing your hand with their claw. Once this happens, move them back into position and try again.

Step Five – Keep your hand with the treat in position off to one side above your kitty’s head. If they reach for your hand and touches it using their paw, say “yes” and give them the treat. But if they use their claws or mouth, pull your hand away and try again.

Step Six – Repeat step five a couple of times until your cat gets the hang of it. Repeat the same process without a treat in your hand. Once you get your feline friend to touch your treatless hand, say “yes” and give them a reward.

Step Seven – Practice step six a few more times until your cat becomes comfortable with it. After that, place your open palm in the same place above your cat’s head. Say “high five” and once they touch your palm with their paw, reward them with a treat.

Step Eight – Repeat all of the sequences a couple of times a day, until your cat fully learns it.

Although it is a simple trick, it will take some time for your cat to learn it. Keep in mind that every cat has a different pace when it comes to learning. Remember to stop the training if they become agitated and to schedule the training before mealtimes to get them more motivated to work for the treat.

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