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!