Dry food nibbled on, light stampeding sounds on the floor, baseboards or even electric cables
gnawed on… no doubt: there are rodents in your house. Why not put your cat to work?
Cats, natural predators
You may think that your kitty cat is just a big lazy home cat, “Garfield” type, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t chase a mouse: cats remain predators with very sure instincts. Wild cats spend 2 thirds of the day hunting. Most of the time, it’s not even out of hunger, but rather because it is an exciting game.
Cats have a lot of fun going after a prey, seeing it squeak and struggle to escape…
Cat owners do not often acknowledge this somewhat “barbaric” personality trait; but it is a vital
instinct. And when the given prey has settled on your cat’s designated territory (your house), it’s even more tempting… And you can take advantage of it!
Spot the presence of rodents
It’s not always easy! Field mice and mice are so small and discreet that it often takes a while before you notice them. Sometimes it is your cat that gives you the heads up…
Indeed, look out for certain signs: your cat suddenly seems tense, halts and stands still next to a piece of furniture, on the lookout, yowls and meows for no apparent reason.
If you have any doubts, the Weenect Pets tracker allows you to track your cat’s moves and spot its “standing points”.
Let your cat take care of it!
You have confirmed the presence of rodents: unless there is major damage (on electrical equipment, for instance), in which case you should quickly handle the problem yourself, why not rely on your cat’s skills? Cage traps require that you manipulate the dead or injured mouse (which, even inside a cage, can put you off); And we’re not even mentioning mouse traps or glue traps… Poison is efficient, but it is both harmful to the environment and dangerous for your pets and/or children. When you think about it, letting your cat take care of the intruders is probably the most natural and economical
Make it easier for your cat to get to the rodent by removing any object blocking the way.
Better safe than sorry: if you have a rug or carpeting that you care about, know that it may get a little messy when your cat finally catches its prey. Cats enjoy playing around with their catch, even when it is dead; they might be very clean when they kill a mouse, but what they do with it afterwards is quite unpredictable…
It is very common for cats to bring a prey to their owner as a trophy; even if it puts you off, do not reprimand him: this gesture has a strong symbolic meaning, it means that your cat agrees to share its "catch” with you, but also wants to introduce you to the joys of hunting… Praise your cat!
If you think that your cat can only hunt toy mice, think again: even the most peaceful animal might surprise you if there’s ever a rodent settling in your house. Trust your cat’s natural instincts!