Post # 1
Good morning ladies 🙂
As I’m sure you inferred from the title, we have mice. And I have decided that I am not Cinderella and I just CANNOT live peacefully with them any longer.
I was slightly delusional about our problem until lately. I kept saying we have *a* mouse. Except that finding mouse poo EVERYWHERE and not being able to leave bags of chips or crackers on the counters without finding them the next day with holes chewed through them indicates we probably have several. We have tried just about every kind of trap you can buy for mice except the regular old spring ones because I don’t want my dogs to hurt their paws. I’ve placed giant glue traps right in front of the places I know they come and go from and they manage to avoid them. So yesterday morning this pregnant lady woke up at 3 am determined to get rid of these bastards.
I am really strongly considering getting a cat. We had cats when I was younger and they were always catching things. My mom said she never had a mouse problem as long as she had a cat. We went to the Humane Society last night and saw a couple we really like but DH still isn’t sold about getting a cat, especially since we will be having a baby in 6 months or so. So help me out with my pros & cons list ladies!
Help with the mouse problem. Even if it doesn’t catch the mice, hopefully they will be too afraid of the cat to come out.
We love animals and would welcome the cat as a member of the family
Our dogs like my in-laws cats and probably wouldn’t mind having one around the house
There would be additional monthly cost for cat litter, food, and flea medicine.
DH would have to do the litter until after the baby is born (which he doesn’t mind)
The cat might not be a good mouser
DH is also a little bit worried about the whole “cat sleeping on the baby’s face” thing but I feel like that should be easy enough to prevent.
I know there are some downsides to getting a cat. It’s a whole new life to be responsible for, in addition to our two dogs and a baby coming soon. I just keep imagining our little one crawling on the floor with the filthy mouse poo, or a mouse running across its crib in the night and it freaks me out 🙁
What would you do? Would you get the cat? Why or why not?
Post # 3
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
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
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
Cant you get metal spring traps and put them on your worktop? I’m presuming your dogs don’t go up there?
Post # 7
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
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
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 # 10
Thanks everyone for the advice!
We definitely do not look at ANY pet as disposable. DH and I have really been discussing whether we are just wanting a cat to deal with the mice or if we would want one either way. The short answer is that we would eventually want one either way but the feeling that I want one RIGHT NOW is most likely due to the mice.
We’ll have to give it some more hard thinking. We are very responsible pet owners. Our dogs are our family and as irritating as they are sometimes I would never just get rid of them. I know that if we choose to adopt a cat, it will be ours whether it helps with the mice or not.
Post # 11
@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 # 12
@HappySky7: and @Atalanta: Oh geez, good points… I’ll start checking into an exterminator as well. I’ve never dealth with mice before. It freaks me out so bad.
Post # 13
@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
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 # 15
This is the little guy we’re mainly looking at.
I love the personality description if you click on the orange “feline-ality” link. He’s really tugging on my heart-strings right now.
Post # 16
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 🙂