From Popular Mechanics:
"As the temperature outside drops, we cozy up inside our nice, warm houses.
Unfortunately, so do insects and rodents. Whether the invaders are as small
as an ant or as big as a family of skunks, your best defense against pests
is sealing off their entry points into your fortress."
Stop Pests From Invading Your Home This Autumn - How to Keep Mice Out of
Your House - Popular Mechanics
What's obviously required is a national education program, designed to
make the rodents literate. Then you can just hang a simple sign on your
front door which says "Go away, mice".
Although I suppose in these gloomy economic times there's no money
available for building mouse schools.
You may laugh, but a group of "little people" sued the federal government
over the inability to find government project houses for midgets and dwarfs
in Chicago. Not only was the "little people" consortium successful (building
of a 10-story building with 85 units is under construction in Cabrini
Green), but the winning group was also excused from paying rent for five
The building is to be named the "Stay-Free Mini-Pads."
It will open next July.
Think broken record. I'd rather do battle with the occasional mouse than
deal with allergies, high food and vet bills, and a smelly litter box.
(and yes, they ALL stink.) Don't get me wrong- I like cats and all- but
nothing with four legs should be inside 24/7.
Allergies - You can get shots
Food costs - For one cat, one 18# bag of dry food per month. $11.00
Vet bills - Many cat maladies can be treated by the owner
Smelly litter box - There are litter boxes that trap the smell. If you get
the right kind of food, the smell is dramatically reduced.
No, the real reason you don't like cats is that you are evil and any cat you
DID get would probably run away.
Have you ever priced allergy shots or desensitization regimens? Or read
up on the possible side effects? The actual experts I talked to all told
me avoiding the allergy triggers is the best and safest solution.
And yes, I DO like cats- we always had them around when I was a kid, and
all my siblings still have them. My allergies didn't kick in till age 16
or so. Cats still like me just fine- I sit down, and they jump right in
my lap, wanting pets. The old reflexes are hard to suppress, so it
sometimes takes me a few seconds before I remember I can't do that anymore.
And sorry, but even the fancy litter boxes still stink. Your nose, in
self-defense, has just tuned them out. Your visitors are just too polite
to tell you, or they have cats themselves.
You are prudent to avoid antagonizing allergies, for any reason.
There appears to be a link between allergies and the onset of
For example, allergies and rheumatoidal arthritis. Anecdotal evidence
shows that removing ALL sources of allergies has alleviated [cured]
arthritis in individuals. Actually reversing much of the damage.
On Sun, 6 Nov 2011 08:43:55 -0800 (PST), Robert Macy
I read somewhere that kids exposed to pets are less likely to develop
allergies to them - yes, here:
"very compelling information" that children exposed to animals before
their immune systems are fully formed at age 2 are unlikely to become
That's from web md:
So, expose them early and they'll be fine.
Individuals I referred to were NOT smokers, however, some were
subjected to 'second hand' smoke. Perhaps, the reduction can be more
attibuted to removing second hand smoke, including those offensive
'additives' in the american cigarettes.
I have four cats. We feed them quailty food and the litter rarely
smells. We have a Litter Robot (not crappy Litter Maid) and it works
very well. We only empty it every four days or so.
Cat hair is a problem. Roomba, one upstairs, one downstairs, pretty
much helps with that but we do keep those rolls of sticky paper around
to get it off the clothes when necessary.
What we don't have are mice. Not many make it in the house anyway, but
the few that do don't last long. I've rescued a few and sent them on
their way outside but mostly I find out about it too late. Waterbugs
also. A few minutes of scuffling noises in the night and there will be
a dead waterbug in the morning.
Cats sure are natural killers though, and really almost perfect at it.
We let them out in the yard (fenced in so they can't get out) and a
few times a year one will nail a bird. Not for hunger, that's for
sure. Just because they like to kill. I'm just glad that I'm much
bigger than they are.
We have one, also. Even the good ones don't last more than a couple of years.
A necessary appliance, though.
Ours have black fur so it's not nearly as noticeable. SWMBO has a roller
thingy that works great for getting the stuff off the furniture. Most of the
downstairs is bamboo or tile (only the hallways and master are carpeted) so
cat hair isn't much of a problem. When we had gray cats my clothes always
looked like I was shedding. ;-)
Nope. Haven't had a mouse inside for decades. They like to play with bugs.
Ours never go outside but they love sitting out on the screened porch. Once
in a while a frog will make the mistake of passing through. A couple of times
the Main Coon will bring one into the great room to play. I've rescued a
couple. Others haven't been so lucky. We've been leaving the lights on, on
the porch when they're out to scare away critters.
We've got three, but they have a pet door (shared with the dogs) so they
just come and go when they need to - we did have a litter box a few years
ago and it was just a complete disaster; never again.
Oh heck yes. Our place is about 90% hardwood flooring - I'm glad that all
that hair isn't trapped in carpets, but with hardwood floors it all seems
to accumulate in certain spots (there's one point under one of our coffee
tables which seems to attract a cat-sized ball of hair in a matter of
We've never had any in the house - the cats do bring them and other
critters to the back step occasionally, though (but the only thing
they've ever brought right into the house was a pigeon - boy was that
ever a fun thing to find first thing in the morning)
I have owned cats. Or rather, they just decided to stay with me for a
while. They're like a woman. They'll come and go as they damn well please,
thank you very much.
That said, I went without a cat for a very long time, and never missed it.
Then Grandma had to have a new cat, as the other one went to cat heaven.
Then we built her a casita at our residence. Of course, the cat came with
I found out I was allergic to cats. And going to visit Grandma is an
odiferous experience. What the hell do people feed cats that make them poop
in the hideous forms they do? Why can't they just make little pellets like
dogs? And their aim is questionable. They sure like to put it half in and
half out of the box, don't they?
And don't wear anything black on a visit.
Steve, who now likes OTHER PEOPLE'S cats.
"Aim is questionable"? I'll bet your wife says the same thing about you...
Nevertheless, that problem can be handled. Here's one of the litter boxes we
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
You can make it even more odor-proof by installing a flap (there's a carbon
filter under the fake plant).
Don't feed them cheap food. Whenever I feed my cats Friskees or 9Lives
or some supermarket brand, they have smelly poop. Feed them Weruva,
Blue Buffalo, Soulistic, or some other premium stuff and they poop
less and have much less of a smell. Garbage in, garbage out does seem
to apply here. Of course, it costs more.
Hint: Look at the ingredients list. If the first ingredient listed is some
kind of vegetable crap, give it a miss. Cats cannot digest plant material,
so it just passes through their system.
Cats need two other ingredients which are amply supplied when they eat
wildlife: arginine and taurine. Make sure the food you buy has these
added - or provide a supply of live mice.
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