posted on Aug, 31 2006 @ 08:30 PM
As you have already discovered, some cats know what to do with a mouse and some don't. Item: Generally the female cats are much superior hunters
over male cats, plus female cats don't spray urine all over the house.
As someone already pointed out, there can be serious health consequences of having mice in your home. Rabies is just for starters. In rural areas of
the U.S., there is also a risk of coming down with Hanta virus, which is endemic in deer mice. This disease is usually fatal in humans, and there is
no known cure. The Hopi Indians, for example, have a saying that's more than a little scary: "The man and the mouse should never live in the same
dwelling." Another scary possibility is Toxoplasmosis, also incurable but not lethal, at least not to humans. Cats often get Toxoplasmosis from
eating infected animals. Humans get it from changing the litter boxes of infected cats (so wear those rubber gloves when changing the litter).
Do take this mouse-in-house situation seriously. Consider if the total number of mice is small enough for the feline "rodent engineers" to control.
Personally I favor the mouse-paper method or ye olde mousetrap. Bait the trap with peanut butter... cheese as bait only works in the cartoon shows.
As you already saw, the cat(s) must be kept away from the armed mousetraps. If you have an army of mice, then only poison will work (sorry).
Bottom line is, you have to find out - and eliminate - the way the mice are getting into your home. Common access paths are via laundry dryer air
outflow pipes or under doors that allow a little too much clearance at ground level. Still not sure? Spread something on the floor in suspect areas
that is a white powder (to show tracks) but that the mice will not eat. Laundry detergent is generally too smelly to work -- the mice will avoid it,
being highly aroma-sensitive critters. Maybe cement dust. Don't use cornstarch...they will eat that and then you will be no further along.