Adopting a cat to help with mice (pros & cons)

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you get a cat in this situation?
    Yes, get the kitty : (29 votes)
    71 %
    No way, it's not a good time : (12 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just having a cat, regardless of whether it’s a good mouser or not, often keeps mice away.  And cats are awesome!!  My cat killed one mouse when we lived in Philadelphia, and would let the others be, but I know that they were never in my room, where she was most of the time.  They would hang out in the other part of the house.  

     

    Really the best way to deal with mice is determine where they are coming from, how they’re getting in, and how to stop it.  But get a cat anyway!!!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Since you have other reasons for wanting one, it being a loved family pet, I say go ahead.  Worst case it doesn’t solve the mice problem, but you get a new furry little member of the family.

     

    And as far as keeping it from sleeping on the baby, doors are pretty helpful with that 😉

     

     

     

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    My only experience with a cat sleeping on my face was when my mother’s cat was a tiny tiny kitten and wanted to be somewhere warm. She’d usually be sleeping on our shoulders or laps, but one morning I woke up and couldn’t see… put my hands up to my face and the kitten was draped right over my eyes! She was SO tiny (too tiny to be away from mom cat, really) that I didn’t even feel her.
    When she got older she preferred to sleep near but not next to us on our beds (whoever she decided she liked that night)

    Like PP’s said, doors will help. Also giving the cat a nice warm place of her own to sleep (my mother’s cat has a fleece blanket in the basement that lines a box just for naps)

    BTW, check around the perimeter of your house and basement & main floor doors/windows to figure out if you ucan determine where the mice are coming in from. You may want to seal openings around garden hoses, basement windows, a/c conduits, etc. to keep critters from getting in! Also, make sure your doors close flush (i.e. no light/air gets around them when closed) and your windows seal tight (and the exterior window trim doesn’t leave gaps in the siding). Make sure you check under decks, porches, and crawl spaces, too.
    Even if it looks too small for mice, it’s worth it to just seal it up.

    If you’re worried about the monetary investment of a cat, it may be worth your money in the long run to call in an exterminator for a few visits after you check and seal up the exterior of the house (plus, the exterminator is more likely to get along with the dogs than a cat is).

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Cant you get metal spring traps and put them on your worktop? I’m presuming your dogs don’t go up there? 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Get an indoor/outdoor cat! They’re better mousers (my cats were vermin killing MACHINES), and the frequently go outside instead of using the litter box (so less cleaning/cost).

    And cats (in my experience) don’t care for babies. I wouldn’t worry about her being smothered, but thy do make net structures for the top of cribs so that cats can’t get in!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have ten cats in the house and we still get mice! Oh they get them eventually but not all cats are good mousers. IMO, catching mice is not enough of a reason to get a cat. You should get a cat because of the outstanding companionship they offer and how they make a house a home. Cats are not disposable – are you ready to make a 15 to 20 year commitment?

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You need an exterminator! Mice feces carries very dangerous bacteria. They walk in it, then go where your food is prepared and stored. They breed like crazy and if they’re in your cupboards they might be in your walls, destroying your insulation and eating wiring that could lead to a fire.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @swanks4tw:  Don’t get a cat to solve a mouse problem.  Not all cats will catch the mice and even if they do it is not likely they will catch all the mice, they breed fast and live in crevices too small for your cat.  

    Our cat did catch mice but not nearly enough and it casued a bigger mouse problem as the mice generously helped themselves to cat food 🙂

    Get an exterminator.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @swanks4tw:  Cats are actually pretty easy to care for. Feed them and clean their litter box, no need to walk them and they clean themselves. Keep in mind not all cats are mousers. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Get a kitty! I’m definitely pro-cat! Growing up we used to have a bad mole problem (destroyed our lawn!) but after we got one of our cats…no more moles! I agree that just having a cat will probably help keep the mice away, even if they aren’t very good mousers. Plus, kitties are awesome!

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    If you get a cat and it catches the mice, be aware that you will then have a dead-mouse or puked-up-mouse problem. 

    But cats are awesome 🙂

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