Is your cat your mouse control? 5 reasons why your cat can’t fix the problem

June 10, 2016By

Starting from a small child, you were always told that cats could take care of mice. Even nursery rhymes talk about the cat getting the mouse. So naturally, a lot of people will get outdoor or indoor cats to help and keep down the mouse population at their properties. There is no harm in that, or is there? Discover five reasons why you should not use cats to help in controlling your rodent problem.

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#1 Cats Kill Without Discretion Harming Other Species

When you train a cat, or simply allow them to catch and kill mice, they are not going to be able to discriminate against different animal species. There may be some animals, rodents, and insects that are necessary to have at your property to ensure the ecosystem runs smoothly. By introducing a cat, you could wipe out entire populations of these other essential critters without even knowing it.

#2 Cats are Non-Native Predators

Cats are not a natural predator to your surrounding property. There are owls, larger feline cats, and other animals that are natural predators of mice. By introducing a cat, it could cause a controlling of the native animal that you do not want to take place.

#3 Mice Give Cats Parasites

Mice are dirty animals and whatever they have they can pass on to your cat. Your feline can acquire parasites, fleas, ticks, and other diseases from coming in contact with a mouse. They can also become contaminated with toxoplasmosis. This is a disease that can be harmful to humans as well. Most of the time it is pregnant women who come in contact with the feces of an infected cat that have to worry the most. They have the potential of sending the disease onto their unborn child and it can result in severe birth defects. People with weakened immune systems can also be affected by toxoplasma.

#4 Cats Can’t Control the Rapid Reproduction of Mice

Mice are capable of reproducing very quickly. In some instances, a mouse can have a litter of up to 12 babies every three weeks. Even if your cat was the best mouse hunter around, chances are he or she is not going to be able to keep up with the capabilities of the mouse’s reproduction cycle.

#5 Cats Can’t Access Areas Where Mice Live

Your cat may be able to grab a mouse once or twice before they start to figure out that they can get caught. Soon, the rodents will start hiding in the attic, basement, and even the walls where your kitty can’t reach them. They will stay in these areas and continue to nest and reproduce rapidly without the cat even knowing where they are.

Prevention Tips

Follow these tips to keep mice from infesting your home in the first place and you won’t have to worry about how to get rid of them:

  • Check for holes, cracks, and crevices where mice can get in; caulk or close them off
  • Keep food closed and cupboards clean
  • Put in door sweeps
  • Ensure bushes are kept trimmed
  • Look for holes in screens
  • Keep areas where things are stored clean and tidy to prevent nesting
  • Make comfortable places for birds of prey to sit and even live; they will help in keeping the mice population down naturally as they are natural predators
  • Snakes are also natural predators so if you see one, leave it alone to do its job as long as it is not a danger to you or your family

If you have tried all of the tips and tricks to get rid of your mouse problem the natural way and you are still having issues, you may want to consider hiring a pest control company to come and assist you. These experts have the tools and the knowledge to come in and evaluate the problem thoroughly. They can then create an effective plan to get rid of the pesky critters for you.

Stop relying on your feline to take care of your mouse problem and contact us today. We will get rid of the pesky rodents around your home quickly and without endangering the safety of your kitty or the environment.

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