We have a declawed indoor cat.
We had a hole in the dryer hose and had a chipmunk, mouse,
mole, and another mouse get in before we found the entry place.
I dispatched one of the mice with a hammer. (It was the first
thing I saw.)
Other than that one,
our indoor cat was right on the case. As soon as the rodent was
in the house we could tell something was up. The cat was all attentive
and watching for the rodent to get into open space. None of them
lasted more than a few hours.
If you have rodents in the walls, the situation might be different
but if they're just getting in the house, you don't need traps
the cat will get them.
I'm sure our old cat looks back to that time as her glory years.
She's 16 now and still going strong but it's been at least 10 years
since her last kill. Poor kitty.
That is exactly the point. He specifically said "small rat". That is
usually a roof rat and they tend to live in your attic, only coming
into the house to eat. You seldom even know they are there unless you
happen too be up at 3 AM and you are sitting in the dark waiting for
one. Just remember the cat only kills to feed his hunting instinct
and that instinct tells him not to kill therm all. The rat has a lot
more to lose. The cat loses a meal, the rat loses his life.
I'm sure Bub will tell us about Towser and all the rats he killed but
it is clear he never did much to stem the rat problem or he would have
run out of rats.
I'd go ahead and repair the opening just in case there are others that
might have access to the inside of the home. Place a secured trap in
front of the plugged area just in case there are any already inside the
structure. You probably can find the outside entry point that will need
to be closed when you feel that the problem has been stopped.
Rodents HATE steel wool. Once they encounter it, they will never try to get
through that spot again.
Finding how they got in can vary from nearly impossible to forget it. This is
the time of year when they are looking for a warm place to spend the winter.
Your biggest problem is that with a cat in the picture, you can't set out
poison. On the other hand, your cat's presence will be a pretty effective
deterrent. Also make very sure that there is NOTHING for them to eat. That
includes dirty dishes left overnight on the counter.
If the rats are free to come and go and they find plenty to eat
outside they may happily live in the attic for years without you
Once they do figure out there is food downstairs they will lay down a
trail for all their buddies. Roof rats leave a dark trail anywhere
they go a lot. That was what the AC guy pointed out to me when I
figured out they were there ... along with the chewed up ductwork that
brought the AC guy out there in the first place.
Do nothing other than leaving the cabinet and pantry doors ajar.
Consider Towser (who you can Google) who, for 23 years was the
mouser-in-chief at the Glennturrent Distillery in Scotland. During her
tenure, she caught 28,989 mice, quite a few rats, and an occassional rabbit.
Praise your kitty; she's earning her keep.
Rat traps and rodent poison are my favorites. But if you
go that route, get your cat out of the house.
I caught one mouse about 12 years ago and none since.
I attribute it to sprinkling ground Habenaro peppers
in the doorways. The stuff also stops insects.
We acquire a house cat 6 years ago and she has yet
to find a mouse - plus she stays away from the
doorways after sprinkling.
BTW: Cats are not animals. They are family. Unlike
children who want to argue with you, cats just ignore
I found a web site that said that adult mice have 3-4 inch bodies
and 3-4 inch tails. This rodent had a 5 inch body and a 6 inch
I don't understand why they make gourmet cat foods. I have
known many cats in my life and none of them were gourmets.
They were all gourmands!
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