Cats Keep Catching Mice?

I have 2 male cats they are brothers. They are 18 months old. They first started catching birds, then mice and rats, but now it seems they only catch mice when it's raining why is this? Does rain make mice come out more or slow them down? I'm getting at least 1 mouse a day, it's when they loose it in the house and I have to find it lol.


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December 12, 20190 found this helpful
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All small cats love to chase and catch different animals. Mice will seek shelter when it is raining or snowing outside. Maybe this is one reason that they are catching so many more right now. I would be happy if this was me. Mice are terrible to have in your home and can breed so fast. You should consider yourself lucky that the cats are taking care of this for you.


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December 13, 20190 found this helpful
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Mice are like people and like to be warm and dry and your house seems to be the place the like. Your cats are doing what they were born to do...mouse (catch, play with, eat/kill).


The best remedy and safest thing for both is to go around your house and plug up all the loose bricks, any holes in the foundation, gaps in the windows and doors etc. and prevent the mice from getting in the house in the first place.

They can come in any also be sure to check things like the roof and loose shingles, around the chimney, and the foundation.

Steel wool (like brillo type pads) can be stuffed into holes as a short term fix around the perimeter of the home and in window casements.

This should deter the mice from burrowing through them and it will not harm them. They have a right to life....just outside the house and away from the jaws of your kitty boys :)

Hopefully prevention will be the best cure! It is very unpleasant to find the rewards the kits offer when they share their successes! They think they are doing something good...and it is for them, just not you or the poor mice!


Prayers and blessings to you and yours!


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Your 'problem' brings back memories of my 'mice catching' cats.
This sounds like your cats are indoor/outdoor cats because you say they originally caught birds and rats and that must have been outside.
The mice are probably outside looking for food and when it starts to rain they start looking for a dry spot and your cats are waiting.
You may have a pet door (?) and the cats want to get in out of the rain to play with their toy and this is entertainment for them and hopefully for you also as I feel sure they will not leave a live mouse running loose in your house for very long. Whether you want to catch the mouse and return it to the outdoors or let the cats play to the end is your choice.


Hunters usually are very healthy cats and adjust well to their environment.
Lucky you - 2 brothers who love to play.

My vet told me that cats will bring 'things' to their owners/parents to show their affection. My present cat leaves me one piece of food on a small counter almost every night.


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December 12, 20190 found this helpful

Free pest control!! Mice do not like wet conditions ,and they seek warm dry shelter from a storm. Your cats are doing what comes natural to them!


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Pests look for a warm place with food. The rainy conditions are not as comfortable as your home. The cats are predators to mice. This is normal.


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December 13, 20190 found this helpful

Lucky you. 2 hunters! My guys used to occasionally bring a live catch into the house and let it go. I finally decided I must have looked bored and in need of some fun.


I think the real fun was watching me try and catch the live mice and get them back outside. I got pretty good at it.


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