Mice don't usually stay in the ceiling. They wander around at night in
search of food. That's when you get 'em. I've had excellent results with
sticky traps and I got me a good cat. Feed the cat just enough to keep it
around. If you overfeed the cat, it won't hunt.
If you have kids or a lazy cat and do not want to put the spring type traps on the
floor try the walk in and shut the door type of traps.. they work well too and don't
pinch fingers. Hold your nose when you open them though, mice really smell even
when they are alive.
This cat I got wandered up out of the holler one day, skinny and mean. It
had to hunt for a living so I knew it would be a good mouser. First day it
brought me a squirrel. Good kitty. It's due to have kittens any day now,
good bloodline, let me know where to send them.
The greatest number of mice killed by one cat is 28,899. Towser, a
tortoise-shell tabby in charge of rodent control at a Scottish brewry,
killed 28,899 mice in her 21 years. This is about four mice per day, every
day, for 21 years. Towser died in 1987.
Had I been in charge of the brewery, I'd have gotten Towser a helper.
Be sure to keep the kittens for 7-8 weeks so the mother can train them
to be as good hunters as she is. They need to learn, they don't just
automatically know how to hunt. And spay the mother after the kittens
No money for spaying, I'm retired on a low fixed income. What happens to the
cat happens. Some of the kittens will be roadkill, some will be gotten by
the foxes. One or two may survive or may not. This isn't like life in the
big city. We don't get too attached to animals here, except for maybe a good
I used to think that the mother trained the kittens but last year we got
two who didn't have the benefit of training by the mother. They each
bring in one or two mice, vols, moles, chipmunks a day. I now believe
that most of the hunting skill or ability is genetic.
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