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Cats to Mouse: Let’s Be Friends

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Our cats seem to have a “lets all just get along” attitude towards mice.

Yesterday afternoon one of our cats brought us a mouse.  I’m not sure if she brought it in, or if she caught it in the house.  She didn’t harm it in any way, however she did let it go once she shared her find with us.  The mouse scampered off, to be captured by cat #2.  This cat proceeded to hold the mouse in her paws and groom it.  Then she too let it go.  At this point, the poor mouse was cowering under a stool in the bathroom.  I caught the mouse and let it go outside.  What is wrong with this picture?!

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time the cats actually hurt a mouse.  Every time they bring them to us, they are completely unharmed.  I have relocated several mice in the last few months.  However, the cats seem to have no problem bringing us other “gifts.”  (Gifts I would prefer not to receive, I might add.)  One of the reasons we originally got the cats a couple years ago is because we had a mouse problem.  They did catch a few back then, we caught a few…and the problem seemed to go away, until very recently.

A few days ago, we found a mouse in the house.  It eluded 2 cats, 1 dog, and 2 adults.  I’m hoping the mouse I relocated yesterday was the one from the other day.  That mouse crawled under the built in fridge to hide and my husband pulled the whole thing out. The mouse still managed to escape.

On a good note, we cleaned out behind and under the fridge and vacuumed the dust from the vents.  I guess I can thank the mouse for a little cleaning motivation!

Suzanne Lucas

Thursday 2nd of May 2013

Aww, that's very cute. Consider yourself lucky that they don't harm the mice. I had three mice find their way into my basement last fall and let me tell you, there's nothing more disgusting than finding a half-eaten mouse leg and tail on the floor when you wake up in the morning. What was worse, one of my cats became extremely lethargic a few days later and stopped eating completely. The vet deduced that it was probably from parasites in the mouse she ate. It took five days of IV fluids and strong antibiotics (and $1,200 in vet fees) to finally get her back on her feet. No more mice on the menu at my house!

Michelle Nahom

Thursday 2nd of May 2013

They don't seem to have the same friendly attitude towards chipmunks, birds and moles. Very odd, my kitties. Of course one of them grooms one of the dogs too...maybe they've decided if the mouse is already in the house, it belongs here and lives with us?