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Mouse (post #46665)

You know I have five cats, right? Just to make sure, I counted them this morning. Yup. Five healthy, playful cats.


So what did I find in my workroom this morning, on top of the chest freezer? Mouse poop. Mouse poop!!! Three little sausages of fresh, sticky mouse poop.


I have taken each cat there and shown it to her, and none seems to find it even slightly interesting.  


Tonight, there will be two cats locked in that room; tomorrow night, two different cats. The next night, the big guns will come out and the matriarch, our eldest, some 13 years old, will go in and we'll just see what happens. Of course I cannot have mice in my food prep area, but luckily it's an off time for me, so I can tackle the problem without worrying about sanitation.


Grrr... Is there mouse school for cats?


Jill Elise Vancouver BC
Napie's picture

(post #46665, reply #1 of 29)

Indoor cats right? They have lost the hunting instinct.  You need a good old barn cat.

JillElise's picture

(post #46665, reply #2 of 29)

No no no no no NOT SIX CATS!!!

Jill Elise Vancouver BC

AnnL's picture

(post #46665, reply #3 of 29)

Not so.  Years ago, I had an outdoor cat that would kill mice, birds, squirrels outside.  But he would completely ignore mice in the house.  One time we found a mouse in the closet, I grabbed him and shoved him in the closet with the mouse.   He looked at the mouse, then curled up and took a nap!  <rolling eyes>


Currently,  I have 2 indoor cats. A 12 yo and a 13 yo, neither one has ever been outside.  This fall, in one night alone, the 12 yo caught SIX mice!  She, unfortunately, doesn't kill them, just brings them up from the basement to show me her new toy.  The 13 yo does the killing.  :-)   The dogs are also pretty good at the killing.  This autumn has been a bad year for mice--they're still catching them, but not as often as they were in October.  Last one was 2 or 3 weeks ago.


No sign of them in my kitchen.  Phew!


AnnL
Transitions Farm
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in Central Mass.

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TracyK's picture

(post #46665, reply #4 of 29)

Not necessarily... my mom's cats have never been outside in their lives, but they still manage to kill a mouse every now & then.

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Syrah's picture

(post #46665, reply #15 of 29)

My burmese is an indoor cat and he has very recently killed his first mouse / rat whatever. It was an extreme shock for me as I do not like them dead or alive, but I was pleased he didn't feel the need to eat it and leave the entrails. We got the whole thing. Aside from saying "good cat" over and over, I did suggest that next time he leave near daddy's desk.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #46665, reply #16 of 29)

boy oh boy - I can guarantee you that my house cats have not lost there hunting instincts. They even bang into windows trying to get the birdies outside. ;-)


On the rare occasion a mouse or little lizard gets in I am always presented with their version of a gift. Always.


 


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pamilyn's picture

(post #46665, reply #23 of 29)

All three of my cats are indoor cats. Two are really good mousers. They eat them. No gifts for me!!

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Napie's picture

(post #46665, reply #24 of 29)

No kidding, my limited experience with house cats has been that they don't hunt well.  There you go, learn something new every day.

meowow's picture

(post #46665, reply #5 of 29)

LOL, I know our cats would be terrified. They are so complacent--well-fed housecats, whose biggest worry is that I'll feed them dinner at 9:30 instead of 9 pm as usual.

Maybe decrease their food intake just a smidge? I know that sounds mean, but maybe it will bring out a bloodthirsty instinct.

wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #6 of 29)

My cat panics when she can see the bottom of her dish. Luckily she has never been an overeater. Just eats when she is hungry buy I have to keep the dish topped up or she runs around frantically meowing.

meowow's picture

(post #46665, reply #7 of 29)

LOL. Ours would eat forever if we did the kitty buffet. They each get a quarter cup in the morning and a quarter cup at night. They are both at great weights. Of course, they act like they are starving, and the begging starts about an hour and a half before feeding times (which is not good for sleeping!).

wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #9 of 29)

My cat would give herself a seizure if I presented her with an empty bowl. Luckily she is a nice weight and at 13 years old I don't expect her eating habits to change. I made sure that she has never received wet food so I have a relatively odorless cat. I've owned some wicked farting cats in my past before I discovered it was the food I fed them that was responsible.

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(post #46665, reply #10 of 29)

it was the food I fed them that was responsible.


Oh, dear. I'm responsible for DH's gas attacks?? arrrgh.




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wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #13 of 29)

Don't tell anyone but I'm the bad one at our house and I'm not changing my diet.

AnnL's picture

(post #46665, reply #11 of 29)

My cats are the same way, if I put the food out, it will be gone as quickly as they can eat it up.  So, they get fed 2x/day.  I started using a new horse/dog/cat/house sitter this year and she came over a week or so before I went away to meet all the critters and go over everything.  Then the night before I was going away she called to say that she couldn't remember if the dogs and cats get fed once or twice a day.  I just laughed and said not to worry.  They'll let you know about an hour before it's time to eat!  She left me a note confirming that there was never any doubt about when feeding time was.  :-)


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

jaq's picture

(post #46665, reply #12 of 29)

I have a big boy who changed how I feed my cats.  Used to be able to free feed no problem.  Now that he is in my life, the cats get a little in the morning, a little when I get home from work, and their large meal at bedtime in a mostly futile attempt to get 8 hours of sleep.

Quilter's picture

(post #46665, reply #18 of 29)

My cat panics when she can see the bottom of her dish


Sounds like mine. Unfortunately, she's also overweight.  My DS makes jokes about her - says she looks like a raccoon when she waddles across the room.  She's an indoor cat, and definately doesn't get much exercise but the one time a mouse ventured into the house, she made a real effort to get it, but failed.  A trap in the cupboard did the deed.

wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #19 of 29)

We are lucky. She isn't overweight. She should be. She is an indoor cat mostly. She goes outside daily but never leaves our yard (a regular city lot). She is a good killer. No mouse, bird (I don't do bird feeders - it would be like putting in a cat cafe) or bug is safe from her. My DH/DD are both terrified of spiders but this isn't an issue in our house.

pamilyn's picture

(post #46665, reply #22 of 29)

Please don't get me going on outdoor cats and the bird population. It might not be pretty.  :(    (I own cats and am an avid bird watcher. My cats are indoors only for their sake and the birds) Pamilyn

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wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #26 of 29)

I have to keep my cat in the house when the local crows fledge or she will get them. I'm not overly fond of the crows but don't want to be party to their demise.

soupereasy's picture

(post #46665, reply #8 of 29)

I had a mostly indoor cat who would go out to hunt. She came home with mice, frogs and humming birds. Unfortunatly she killed nothing, every offering had to be caught by my husband and returned to the outdoors. LOL

msm-s's picture

(post #46665, reply #14 of 29)

i had always heard that cats have to be trained in early weeks of life by the mom or other cat to hunt, or they don't quite understand what to do with their instincts, and what i've seen of family litters, it could well be true. it doesn't explain the different behaviour indoors and out tho.
a few yrs ago i had mice in a house that had been vacant. when my cat wouldn't show interest, i went to a hunting goods store and bought a vial of fox urine. i set it in dishes with a cotton ball in each, in each room. it quickly scared them away never to return.
if you are living there now, then the cure probably sounds worse than the problem, but it worked (of course i had the luxury of leaving it in place for weeks until the scent went away before moving in.)


Edited 12/12/2006 12:10 am ET by msm-s

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #46665, reply #17 of 29)

I'm lucky enough to have two fabulous hunters.
Fortunately, they never bring them into the house - gifts (always whole) are kindly left next to the doormat (not on it, where I'd step upon them, thank GOD, since I'm always barefoot) headless bodies are left in the yard for DH to find and call breathlessly to me for DB diposal.
It was Stormy's hunting skills that kept her going when she elected to stay behind during the fire evacuation.
Ginger's best was the nuthatch she grabbed by the birdfeeder. I heard the thump and looked out my office window to see her scoot by with something large in her mouth. I was able to get it from her and held it until it recovered from its shock, then it perched on my hand, pooped on me (there's gratitude for ya) beeped at me and then flew off.


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Ricks503's picture

(post #46665, reply #20 of 29)

My 2 cats are mostly indoor cats, but have a pet door that they use all the time, so they are maybe 50/50 indoor-outdoor cats.  They are too good hunters - bring in birds, mice and whatever - usually alive to show off and play with.  I even put bells on their collars and they still bring in birds and mice once in a while.

 


 


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wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #25 of 29)

We have a cat door as well but we had to nail it shut. Our cat is very timid (she's a fraidy cat) and all the neighbourhood cats were coming into the house to beat her up (in the middle of the night).

Ricks503's picture

(post #46665, reply #27 of 29)

One of our cats(the black cat) is the neighborhood bully and chases German Shepards down the street!

 


 


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wonka's picture

(post #46665, reply #28 of 29)

My last cat was like that. It took some getting use to having a nervous cat.

JillElise's picture

(post #46665, reply #21 of 29)

I've heard it suggested that cats bring us dead things because they consider us inept hunters.


My cats caught a mouse outside- was it last summer? - come to think of it. Poor little thing. When they brought it indoors, I took it away, and it ran up my arm into my hair. I very calmly went outside, bent over and it jumped out and ran away. The cats then caught it again, and I closed the door.


Nuthatches are so nice. I'm glad you were able to save that one (not scared poop-less he!)


I'm now headed downstairs to see if the two youngest managed to catch our little visitor or any of his compatriots.


Jill Elise Vancouver BC
Libby's picture

(post #46665, reply #29 of 29)

Cats are funny creatures.  I've got two nine year old cats.  They've been indoor ever since they came to live with us.  We finally bought a house last year where we could let them outside.  Came to find out that one of them was a hunter when his prize was deposited in the middle of my living room floor.