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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey everyone I am new here and first of all I would like to say Hi and I apologize if this thread is in the wrong section. But I just realized today that I have a mouse in my laundry room where my cat stays where her food and litterbox is. It all started with my cat seeing a mouse in a pile of shoes in the laundry room we saw her looking around there and I knew something was up, then I saw a mouse sprint across the laundry room to behind the washing machine. I paniced so I shut the door and quickly got my cat out. Now I am wondering if I should let my cat back into the laundry machine to catch and kill the mouse. If she happens to eat it will it be ok? Basically what I am wondering is if I should let my cat into the laundry room to catch and kill the mouse and is it safe is she eats it. Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2010, 06:51 PM
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Your kitty might enjoy the hunt, or just totally ignore the mouse! You can get mouse traps where the mouse goes in and doens't come out- just make sure that your kitty can not come in contact with it.

You might want to look for small holes where the mouse can get in. Not only will you prevent other mice getting in, but you will stop drafts, etc.


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Others may correct me here, but I dont think shes all that likely to eat it. More likely to proudly purring bring it to you half dead, poor thing.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2010, 10:05 PM
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I think they sell some traps designed to eliminate pests at the stores or even call the local shelter about the best place to buy them. They have traps that do not kill. I have caught a chipmunk at my place, left some food in a cage where it would shut once it pulled the trip. I drove somewhere further out and just dropped off the chipmunk. I can't kill it . But I hope it found itself a good home elsewhere in the outdoors.

I wouldn't let the cat eat it, you never know what the mouse may have. Good idea that you kept the cat away from it.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 01:43 AM
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If the mouse looked vigorous and sprightly, I'd say it is pretty healthy for a mousie. For a cat to eat a healthy mouse, I would be concerned with parasites. If the mouse looked 'slow' or 'stumble-y', I'd try to trap/kill it w/out letting the kitty come in contact with it.



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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 11:13 AM
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As long as you or close neighbors don't put out poisons, should be fine. My cats eat mice ALL the time (thawed frozen ones, LOL--I'm sure they'd jump at actual live ones!).

If you're in an apt. I would think twice, though, as the management or a neighbor could put out poison.
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