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Talking About Pest Control

Why Your Cat Isn't Good Mouse Control

Carlos Douglas

When people talk about mouse prevention, they may brag that their cat or even dog is protection enough from these pests. Although cats and dogs do kill mice, they really are not effective rodent control for you home. If you have a mouse infestation, you need to use other methods to rid your home of these animals. 

Mouse Companions

Although you think your cat or other pets discourage mice from taking up residence inside your home, they may actually be encouraging it. Mice often successfully cohabit with cats and dogs, often living quite close to where your pets sleep and eat. In addition, your pets' food entices mice to move in and stay. It provides them with a constant source of delicious food. Sure, your cat may snag one or two mice every now and then, but dozens more lurk nearby, just waiting for some leftover kibble. 


Counting on your pets to control the mice in your home exposes them to disease. Although rodents rarely contract rabies, it is possible, so your pets could be at danger if their vaccinations are not up to date. If you cat eats a mouse, it can get roundworms and tapeworms, treatable but unpleasant conditions. Your cat could also contract toxoplasmosis, which can affect its lungs and nervous system. Also, pregnant women are particularly susceptible to this disease and can get it from infected cats. Dogs are also at danger from getting tapeworm from killing and eating mice. Although you can't keep your pets from eating their natural prey when given the opportunity, you can make certain that the prey is not abundant in your own home. 


Remember, for every mouse you see, there are likely dozens more hiding in your basement or walls. You can try sticky traps to help capture the mice, but for a serious infestation, you need to contact a professional pest control company. Instead of fighting with the mice for months and probably losing, the professionals can often take care of your mouse issues in one trip. Once the mice are gone, your family and your pets' health will be better protected.

Even if you own a good "mouser," your cat is not a reliable method of rodent control. When a mouse ends up eaten or placed on your pillow, it's really only a sign that many others are eating their fill of your pets' food. You can protect everyone from dirty, disease-ridden mice by getting professional mice extermination.