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The Pros and Cons of Mousing

If you have a pesky rodent running about the house, you may be tempted to let your feline nab that mouse! And why not? Cats are born prowlers and have been favored throughout the ages for the ridding of rodents. If your cat is curious, active, persistent or likes to carry toys in her mouth? If so, you just may have a "mouser." 

So, should you let your cat "mouse" or should you not? Listed below are some pros and cons to help you decide.

Pros

First off, if you have a mouser, allowing him to keep his most innate instincts alive, in almost all cases, will grant you a happier cat. And who doesn't love a happy cat?

Another plus: mousing is rodent control without poison, and more humane to the pest than a glue trap or a snap trap. Many times your cat's lurking presence is enough to scatter off the bothersome critters. Attaching a bell to your cat's collar, as well as her scent, will also alert the pesky varmints and cause them to flee. So a catch may not even be necessary.

Cons

If you have an avid mouser, one of the biggest concerns is the possibility of disease. Your rodent may not be a mouse but a rat, which may be harboring illnesses like Hantavirus or Leptospirosis. Rodents can also carry ticks which could be infected with Lyme disease.

Cats who hunt are more susceptible to these contagions and parasites. It is recommended you worm your cat every six months and research local health concerns. Also watch for any warning signs of sickness in your feline and always follow up with your vet.

Cats are charming creatures and wonderful companions. Having one that's a good mouser is a double blessing!