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#78447 - 11/27/06 09:11 AM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Susie Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1902
Loc: Arkansas
I've never had a dog harrass a cat if the cat came to our family as a kitten. I think most animals understand "babies" to some degree. My Great Dane is best buddies with our cats. They all snuggle with him - even the ones we can barely manage to touch! Yet this same dog will chase down a stray cat or fight a stray dog who comes into the yard. Anyway, just my experience, for what that's worth.

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#78448 - 11/29/06 10:34 AM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Anonymous
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Get a rat zapper. A little costly but well worth it. You have to reset it each time you get one. Just dump the rat out and flip the switch. cake.

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#78449 - 11/29/06 02:15 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
Our poodle absolutely HATES the cat. I have no clue why, as he is inside and she is outside! mottledchick...what is a rat zapper? Is it a trap of some sort?

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#78450 - 11/29/06 03:19 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
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It's a small box-shape thing that when a rat walks in, it steps on a plate and I guessed gets electrocuted. I can't remember the exact science behind it but that's the general idea. Then you turn it off, dump the rat out, and turn it back on.

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#78451 - 11/29/06 08:32 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Hennie Mavis Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 127
Loc: New Hampshire
Boy, how did I miss the chance to sing cat praises? We have an indoor & an outdoor cat, never the twain shall meet (both males, itching to fight each other). But we are VERY rodent-free, thank you very much to the both of them. Wallace, the outdoor cat, kills an unbelievable number of rodents espec. this time of year. In fact, our driveway & doorstep start to reek from so many dead that I must go 'round every so often with a spade to flip the carcasses into a distant shrub. Yet I have never seen him get one in the coop or henyard -- they never make it in, I suspect, as I have never seen a single turd or evidence of any kind. He is awesome!

Because of Wallace's thorough outdoor patrol, Foster, the indoor cat, rarely gets a chance to exercise his mousing authority -- but when duty calls, he delivers! Neither cat eats their prey, which I'm glad, as I save on feline wormer. And best of all, Wallace communes nicely with the hens. He really does seem to enjoy their company when they are free-ranging. I have never seen him touch a single bird, though I have seen him stalk my pigeon-sized Japanese Fantail... ha ha, can't blame a guy for trying? She's way too smart, and flies off loudly, well before any chance of harm. Wally does defend himself (paw-swipe) if the rooster charges him suddenly, but mostly, he prefers to run away-- my big Reds do go after him on occasion, just for fun. And, although he is outdoors all day long, we do shut him in the garage nightly, as whomever mentioned cats as prize coyote food ain't kidding. We like to protect our mouser investment! So by day, he roams free, but at dusk, he comes when we call him into the garage -- for all-you-can-eat dry kibble and his blanket-box bed.

We love our cats! For a little food, some yearly shots, & some light maintenance ie. "let the cat out, get the cat in", you get in return year-round pest control, garden companionship, affectionate leg-rubs, and a great-looking lawn ornament (the cat himself, not his dead prey). The only downside: constant muddy-paw-print detailing of your vehicle hood & roof. Oh well, nobody's purr-fect!

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#78452 - 12/02/06 09:17 AM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
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Here's the website: http://www.ratzapper.com
We have the ultra one.

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#78453 - 12/18/06 02:15 AM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Lisa Robinson Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 05/17/06
Posts: 161
Loc: Australia
please do not ever starve your cats it is inhumane to do so,since having a nice female cat i have never had any problem with mice or rats at the very least give a constant supply of dry cat biscuits and water and your cat will be a great mouse hunter, perhaps if you feed alot of meat to your cat she will not eat her kill.
cats hunt by pure instinct, never by being tought, it could only be coincidence if anyone tells you they caught their cat to hunt.
please remember if you dont feed your cat she will definatlet turn to wild birds (eg quails) and any chicks she can get her claws into, perhaps even starve to death.
just take her to the coop,feed her well and give plenty of praise when you are presented with dead mice and rats, this will take care of your problem.

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#78454 - 12/18/06 07:04 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
Oh of course!! Tinkerbell gets the luxury of the "prowling" cat world! She gets 2 meals a day. One in the morning with wet dog-food and Kit'n Kaboodle, and at night a steaming hot bowl of Kit'n Kaboodle to last through the night! She hunts because she wants to I suppose! She loves to eat her mice..and I have no problems letting her. For some reason though...she likes to bury them in the chicken pen? Have no clue about that one...

I haven't been presented with anything except a half-eaten squirrel. That's a lovely thing to step on in the morning! lol. She will have NO problem with getting food! It's pitiful...we even let her inside the garage when it's "too cold." Which is about 50 degrees...poooooor thing! lol She is so spoiled for an outdoor cat!

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#78455 - 12/19/06 06:54 AM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Dutch Treat Offline
Feather

Registered: 09/28/06
Posts: 31
Loc: North Carolina
Bucket Trap

The bucket trap is an economical and effective means of eradicating mice. It entails a container (5 gal bucket) holding some amount of water or other liquid (such as antifreeze in the winter) using a ramp of some sort to get the rodent to the top of the container. Drill two holes at the top edge of the bucket on opposit sides. You will need a dowl rod or a heavy piece of wire and a can with both ends cut out. Put the dowl rod through one hole, then through the can and finnaly throught the other hole in the bucket. Put a spot of peanut butter on the top of the can as bait. The mice jump to the can to eat the peanut butter and fall into the the water and, being unable to get out, drown. The variations are many with some being single catch and some multi-catch. Some can also be used for live catch if you use a deep container that the mice can't jump out of.


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#78456 - 12/30/06 10:42 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Blue Lace Offline
Bantam

Registered: 02/26/06
Posts: 45
Loc: California
Mikaela,

I'm sure you know this being a poultry science specialist, but if your cat buries it's prey in the chicken yard... chickens scratch and dig. If they find one of them and it is well on its way to being liquified (yeck) and they eat it (they could y'know) they could die. I forget what kind of poisoning its called, but they can die from it. Too, if your cat poops in the chicken yard and they get into that... you know how curious chickens are and they'll taste anything... toxemia? Is that what that one is?

Hope you don't get these kinds of problems.

By the way, what in the world kind of snakes do you have out there? Eight feet long? Yikes!

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