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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-11-2009, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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live mice in house!

Help, my 3 year old cat is bringing live mice into the house, and the occasional bird. I don't think these are "gifts" as she waits until 3am then lets them loose in the bathroom to play with. It is waking us up each night with the banging and mouse screaming. She does not want to have them found, this is her own private game.
I HATE mice/rats and do not want the vermin in my home.
We can tell her she is a bad cat or great cat it does not make any difference.
I can't make her a indoor house cat as I have to work and she would tear the house up, and would not handle the change from roaming free.
She does sometimes decapitate them and leave the body in the lounge.
Her collars are quickly torn off and abandoned outside and she also has other cat bullies that would probably take advantage of that.
She does have a cat door access
Leaving her outside is hard as is gets very cold at night.
She is a superb mouser but I don't know if I can keep her on with this obsessive hunting, which I don't think she will stop.
Any advice other than the ones listed please??
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-11-2009, 01:33 AM
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Re: live mice in house!

Welcome to CF!
Unfortunately, the ONLY way for you to control what she brings into the house with her from outside, is for you to control the door and only allow her inside without 'guests'. I had to do this when our first cat brought in a mortally wounded vole who escaped under the microwave cart and died, stinking up my kitchen! I cleaned everything; counters, cupboards, drawers, pantry, oven, microwave and fridge before I thought to move the microwave cart and discovered the vole.
EW!
I began keeping the door closed and calling for the kitty or listening for the kitty to be ready to come in, but with me controlling the door we never had to worry about him bringing his catches inside again. If you are concerned about her being out all night in the cold, call her in at the same time every evening so coming in at that time becomes a habit. If she doesn't come in, she gets to spend the night outside.
If you provide a snug little covered bed for her, as long as the sleeping area is out of drafts, is big enough just for her, has a top so she can preserve her own body warmth with a small opening to keep heat loss to a minimum, she should be just fine.
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