‘Cat vs Mouse’

A ginger and white cat and a brown mouse looking at each other

Can cats really get rid of mice? Read on for the cat vs mouse show down.

The Scripps Research Institute studied the relationship between mice and cats. If mice smell cat urine, they are likely to leave the area to avoid the predator. Ah-ha…so it’s the smell of cats that sparks fear in mice! Whether they like it or not, mice are wired to panic in the presence of predators.

In ancient Egypt, the cat was first valued for devouring rodents that infested the village grain bins. Eventually, people began to admire their other traits and cats became members of the family. But as they became “domesticated,” prey drive and hunting skills declined and today not all cats are automatically suited for “mousing.” So, how do you find a modern day cat with an old soul for hunting?

Cat Potential

  • Females may be better mousers than males, possibly because they teach their kittens to hunt. However, many famous mousers in history were male.
  • A well-fed cat will hunt for entertainment and catch more prey than a hungry cat.  Never withhold food from any cat in your care.
  • Reward your cat for leaving you a “present,” even if it’s disgusting…and keep plastic gloves handy for disposal.
  • Cats who hunt are more susceptible to certain diseases. Experts recommend you worm your cat every six months, research the health concerns in your area (like Hantavirus), and have a good relationship with your vet.
  • Never adopt a cat just to kill mice. If your problem is serious, consider consulting pest control or professional extermination services.

Again, when it comes to mouse control, you shouldn’t solely rely on cats. What can you do at home?  On a regular basis vacuum, take out the trash and patching up potential entry point (exclusion work). While these methods cannot guarantee that your home will be free of mice, they can help lessen the attraction of mice.

If you have spotted a mouse in your house, schedule an appointment with Pestcheck. Our trained technicians can apply prevention strategies that can help rid your home of rodents. Remember, we protect your home like it’s our own. (778) 903-7378 or contact@pestcheck.ca.

More resources:

Landlord vs Tenant – Who Pays for Pest Control?
Pestcheck Rodent Control Services