Is It Safe For Your Cat to Hunt Mice?
It looks like winter is finally coming to Albuquerque. The drop in the temperatures means more mice inside. If you have a cat then this could be their moment to shine, but is hunting and eating mice good for them?
One of the biggest deterrents to rodents entering a home is a house cat. Even if your cat doesn’t hunt, their mere presence is enough to intimidate some mice from getting too cozy indoors. If your cat is hunting and eating mice ― whether you’re proud of your ferocious feline or horrified ― there are a few things you may want to keep in mind.
Can My Cat Get Sick From Eating a Mouse?
Most of us don’t worry about our cat eating a mouse unless we suspect that the mouse ate poison. What if your cat eats a mouse that ate poison? It is possible your cat can get sick though it is unlikely. A mouse does not need to eat very much poison to get sick but your cat needs to eat a lot more poison to get sick. Also, the poison has already been ingested by the mouse which dilutes its toxins even more. If you are worried that your cat ate a poisoned mouse, keep an eye on it fr the next 24-28 hours and watch for: vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and stomach pain. If you do notice these issues you should take your cat to an emergency vet.
The bigger risk to your cat, from eating a mouse, is parasites. Mice carry roundworms, mites, and fleas. It is a good idea to treat your hunter with Frontline Flea and Tick to keep the fleas off them. In addition to the risk of poison, mice can also carry parasites, such as roundworms, mites, or fleas. Monthly preventative treatment of Heartgard will help protect against roundworm. So if kitty is an expert hunter, we recommend that you stay on top of monthly parasite prevention.
What Mouse Traps Should I Use?
Mousetraps, and other rodent prevention methods, can be dangerous to your cat. The best way is to hire a professional rodent control company. If you let them know you have cats they will make sure to get you on a mouse control program that is safe for your cats and your kids. If you use a classic snap mousetrap, make sure to put it in a box that completely contains the trap, and has doors for the mouse to run through. That way the mouse can still get trapped but your cat’s paw won’t. Don’t use glue traps because if your cat gets stuck on it you will likely need to go to a local Albuquerque vet to get it removed. Only use poison if you know your cat cannot get near where the poison is located. If you are unsure about what is safe, contact a good pest control company and ask for their advice.
Hunting is Natural
Cats are natural-born hunters, and even if you don’t want your cat hunting live prey or playing with dead ones (which can be gross!), they still need time to exercise this ability. Hunting toys provide enrichment for kitties who enjoy chasing their own tail! If you don’t have mice, think about getting them a mouse toy. Your little hunter will be grateful.
Your cat loves to hunt. It is part of their natural predator instinct, is a great exercise for their body and mind, and is just fun. Plus if your cat is good at it then they are doing you a big service by helping you keep mice out of your house.