Cats double as effective rodent exterminators

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Ridgewalker
04/23/2014

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 4

True. That's what cats do. But, there has never been a mouse, mole or vole that has ever ventured onto our property or into our home that was ever given a second chance...any time of day or night. My girls are stone cold killers and aren't afraid of anything that can't fight back. :o

One night at around 2:30am, we were all asleep on my bed when the girls went from deep sleep to high alert...bolted across the house and flew through the doggie door. Seems that a mouse made the fatal error of coming into the yard and the girls smelled/heard it rustling through the grass. You know those little squeaky toys you give your pups, or the ones you play(ed) with in the bath? They all sound alike. And that's no accident. They sound exactly like a mouse when it's getting its head crushed.

And while we're on the subject, have you ever heard the blood-curdling scream of a rabbit caught in the jaws of a predator? The first time you hear that sound, the fact that it's coming from a rabbit wouldn't even make your list of possibilities. Who'd a thunk a rabbit made any sound at all? First time I heard that sound, I thought it was some kind of a new-fangled, high-pitched car alarm. Scary sound.

The irony of this listing is that unless dogs and cats are raised together, dogs won't make any distinction between cats and vermin. They're all fair game. Difference between cats and rodents, however, is that catching a cat that isn't already mortally wounded is every dog's wet dream. And that's all it is. First, the cats that my Beagles "terrorize" are three to five times faster than my girls. Second, Beagles are the polar opposite of stealthy. Two Beagles in full-tilt chase mode can be heard for miles (their frenetic baying sound has been clocked at 113db...each). This gives the cats a bit of a heads up, I'd say. Besides their speed and the sound of charging dogs, cats have another advantage: they have the ability to simply leap out of harm's way. A car, a tree, a fence and the hunt is over. But, I will say, that watching my girls morph from loving, lovable, gentle, adoring little creatures, into ravenous killing machines that I barely recognize, sure does make me a proud Dad. Unfortunately, that is the ONLY side of my girls that local cat owners ever see. They refuse to understand that my girls cannot catch a healthy cat. And if the cats didn't bolt, my girls would ignore them! What they also are in denial about when they let their cats out to roam the neighborhood and fields is that they are putting their cats in dire jeopardy. Maybe they know it and maybe they don't, but within 1/2 a mile of our homes, there is a family of enormous owls that would kill them just for their fur, a huge nest to three even larger hawks and regular visits from a group of young bald eagles who come to our field when they are hungry. The owls, alone, have made off with two of the neighborhood cats.

I'm not saying a word. Not that I could get a word in, edge-wise...

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ayn
04/30/2010

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 3

This is true. Cats are very useful as pest control, and as companions. But tell that to the poor mouse that my tiny lap dogs killed. When given the chance, my 10 and 20 pound dogs turn into the wolves that they are.

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cyclee
09/03/2009

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 2

I don't know... my 20 lb- cat was afraid of my 10 lb- Shih Tzu, nick named Rat, when we first brought them together.

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FranksWildYear s
09/03/2009

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 2

A little home maintanence and good hygene will also take care of the mouse problem before have one.

Oh, and I've never had a dog bring a dead mouse or bird into the house as a gift.

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tlbs101
07/16/2009

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 5

They also are effective cockroach (and other similar bug) exterminators.

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edt4
06/06/2008

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 3

Not always. My sister had given me a cat years ago that I really didn't want initially, but grew attached to as time passed (I was surprised at how emotionally devastated I was when the cat had to be put down some months ago). In any event, during those early years of the cat destroying my furniture and clawing at the carpeting and chewing the leaves off my plants, I always told myself that it at least would kill rodents, if any should invade my premises. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm absolutely petrified of rodents, and I figured as long as I had a cat in residence, I was safe. One late November, I was working out in my living room and had left my sliding glass door open to give myself some cool air, and I have to assume that's when the mouse entered my abode, seeking warmth. I wasn't aware of it at the time. The next day, I was sitting at my kitchen table, having a cup of coffee when I noticed my cat mincing strangely about beside me, like she was engaging in some bizarre cat dance. "What's up with you?" I asked and, of course, the cat didn't reply. I turned my head and saw a black mouse head peering up at me from behind a box I kept along the wall. I am ashamed to admit that I freaked. I sprang out of my chair like someone had fired me out of a cannon, pointing at where the offending mouse had been and screaming at my cat, "KILL IT!!! KILL THE MOTHERF***ER!!! KILL IT!!!" My cat made no move toward fulfilling its feline function. Flustered, I finally drove to the local hardware store, bought several mouse traps and sticky traps (I had no experience with such items and had to get the old guy working there to demonstrate for me how they work; he nearly severed his fingers showing me, which didn't do anything to calm me down), and returned home. Tentatively, I set out the traps, smeared them with peanut butter, and went to my bedroom to read for awhile. I didn't hear any snaps or squeals, but when I ventured out into the kitchen a half hour later, I saw the dead mouse in one of the traps, its beady black eyes staring blankly up at me. Still squeamish, I went to the lady next door, a friend of mine, and borrowed her metal fireplace shovel so I could scoop the mouse corpse into a garbage bag without having to touch it (she got a nice laugh out of that one). My cat manifested no guilt about the dereliction of her duties so far as I could tell, and went back to her leisurely life of cleaning herself, eating Purina Cat Chow and scratching the hell out of my furniture. Thankfully, I've had no more mice, but if they should return, I'll rely on more traps, not another cat, much as I miss her. Maybe she would have ultimately killed the mouse, but I've heard that there are cats (and dogs too) who won't kill rodents unless they're specifically trained to do so.

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X Factor Z
06/06/2008

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 5

Absolutely, while most dogs are only good for making noise, lying around being lazy or trying to be cute, cats will rid your house of rodents, making them very useful animals, especially in rural areas with large mouse or rat populations.

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louiethe20th
09/28/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 2

Not if you have a Rat-Terrier!

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LadyJesusFan77 7
09/27/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 3

Not mine, because there is no mice in my home. Besides, as I have said before, my cat gets fed regularly.

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jgls
09/27/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 4

i don't have vermin, but about 6 years ago a mouse got into the house. took me about two weeks to kill the little bastard. he left turds everywhere, it was thoroughly disgusting. it would have been nice to see a cat track him down and do him in.

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Jamie McBain
09/26/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 3

We don't have mice or rats, in our apartment, so no need to worry about them.

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LastMessenger3
01/09/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 3

My Charlie(chihuahua dog) catches mice very effectively too. He catches everything birds, squarrels, mice - great dog! Saying all that, I see your point.

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Djahuti
01/08/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 4

Most of them do.I have a friend who got very annoyed at her cat for just watching a mouse,but I think the cat was pretty old.Any cat I've ever had would have made mincemeat,or mincemouse.

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numbah16tdhaha
01/08/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 3

Not all of them. Some, like my mom's cat, sit around and do nothing. My mom's dog has more kills on mice than that lazy cat...

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GenghisTheHun
01/08/2007

Cats double as effective rodent exterminators 5

At one time I lived in a house where rural and urban met. The house was surrounded by meadow, and there were lots of voles and field mice. I had a cat that would patrol the yard and every day she would have two or three voles or white bellied field mice lined up at the patio door!

Those little white bellied field mice also got into the house when the weather became colder and she caught them also.

If you live in any kind of rustic or bucolic setting, a cat is a necessity.

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