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Too young to catch mice?

Post by megha.. » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 00:47:53



We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
can do to help teach him?
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by Matthe » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:26:48


that looks just like my LIMO

Quote:
> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
> can do to help teach him?

Nope  but you can take him back to wher you got him and call an exterminator
than stop being a complete idiot
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by megha.. » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:35:44




Quote:


> > We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
> > old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
> > getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
> > laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
> > mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
> > also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
> > mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
> > by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
> > when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
> > they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
> > he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
> > there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
> > young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
> > can do to help teach him?

> Nope  but you can take him back to wher you got him and call an exterminator
> than stop being a complete idiot

I'd like to clear this up a little. I did not mean to imply that the
only reason we got him was to catch mice. we were looking for a pet,
and when it came time to decide between a cat (which i wanted) and a
dog (which  my roommate wanted) the decision came down to cats being
able to catch mice. he's not a "cheap form of pest control", we're not
going to take him back, he's part of the family now I'm just trying to
learn a little about what might help him become a better hunter. Cats
are natural hunters, I know this, but since his mother did not bring
him any mice to practice on I was wondering if there's something I
should be doing. And truth be told he's probably not catching the mice
cause he's sound asleep in my bed!
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by Matthe » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:41:51


why did my post show up like that huh  correct version
Quote:


>> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
>> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
>> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
>> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
>> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
>> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
>> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
>> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
>> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
>> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
>> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
>> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
>> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
>> can do to help teach him?

 Nope  but you can take him back to where you got him if you want a mouse
trap and call an exterminator  than stop being a complete idiot when it
comes to your cat.  You cat is not a machine since you are a first time
poster here I am thinking TROLL
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by Matthe » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:46:33



Quote:




>> > We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
>> > old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
>> > getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
>> > laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
>> > mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
>> > also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
>> > mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
>> > by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
>> > when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
>> > they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
>> > he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
>> > there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
>> > young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
>> > can do to help teach him?

>> Nope  but you can take him back to wher you got him and call an
>> exterminator
>> than stop being a complete idiot

> I'd like to clear this up a little. I did not mean to imply that the
> only reason we got him was to catch mice. we were looking for a pet,
> and when it came time to decide between a cat (which i wanted) and a
> dog (which  my roommate wanted) the decision came down to cats being
> able to catch mice. he's not a "cheap form of pest control", we're not
> going to take him back, he's part of the family now I'm just trying to
> learn a little about what might help him become a better hunter. Cats
> are natural hunters, I know this, but since his mother did not bring
> him any mice to practice on I was wondering if there's something I
> should be doing. And truth be told he's probably not catching the mice
> cause he's sound asleep in my bed!

Ok than ignore my posts but when you post what you did What do you think we
are going to think

1  call an exterminator    rats and mice carry disease and you could kill
your cat
2 cats are natural hunters unless it learns from another cat or mom   they
will maime their prey and more inlikley play with it not knowing what to do
so unless you want a tidying on your pillow that is still alive    CALL AN
EXTERMINATOR
3 IMO please keep your cat inside there are so many reason to do so

 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by megha.. » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:52:35




Quote:
> why did my post show up like that huh  correct version



> >> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
> >> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
> >> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
> >> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
> >> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
> >> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
> >> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
> >> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
> >> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
> >> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
> >> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
> >> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
> >> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
> >> can do to help teach him?

>  Nope  but you can take him back to where you got him if you want a mouse
> trap and call an exterminator  than stop being a complete idiot when it
> comes to your cat.  You cat is not a machine since you are a first time
> poster here I am thinking TROLL

and actually we rescued the kitten who was being kept on a freezing
cold porch, hadn't been taken to the vet, was covered in fleas and
clearly malnourished. he's now much healthier and being properly taken
care of. and on a side note, I came to this discussion board because I
was curious if i was missing something and was met with judgmental
assumptions about who i am as a cat owner. if i were a negligent owner
who saw my cat as a "cheap form of pest control" then I would probably
not go to the trouble of trying to learn more. In addition, I was
under the assumption that this discussion board would be helpful in
answering some of my questions. Instead I have been called a 'complete
idiot' for asking simple questions. I would suggest that in the future
you think a little more about your posts so that rather than drive
people away with your harsh criticism you welcome their input and
questions, which is after all the entire purpose of discussion.

If anyone has any useful and helpful input I welcome it. If you merely
want to call me an idiot and imply that I am in some way less than
loving of my cat then I'd appreciate if you keep your misinformed and
myopic opinions to yourself. Thank you.

 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by Matthe » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 05:25:44



Quote:


>> why did my post show up like that huh  correct version



>> >> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
>> >> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
>> >> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
>> >> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
>> >> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
>> >> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
>> >> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
>> >> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
>> >> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
>> >> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
>> >> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
>> >> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
>> >> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
>> >> can do to help teach him?

>>  Nope  but you can take him back to where you got him if you want a mouse
>> trap and call an exterminator  than stop being a complete idiot when it
>> comes to your cat.  You cat is not a machine since you are a first time
>> poster here I am thinking TROLL

> and actually we rescued the kitten who was being kept on a freezing
> cold porch, hadn't been taken to the vet, was covered in fleas and
> clearly malnourished. he's now much healthier and being properly taken
> care of. and on a side note, I came to this discussion board because I
> was curious if i was missing something and was met with judgmental
> assumptions about who i am as a cat owner. if i were a negligent owner
> who saw my cat as a "cheap form of pest control" then I would probably
> not go to the trouble of trying to learn more. In addition, I was
> under the assumption that this discussion board would be helpful in
> answering some of my questions. Instead I have been called a 'complete
> idiot' for asking simple questions. I would suggest that in the future
> you think a little more about your posts so that rather than drive
> people away with your harsh criticism you welcome their input and
> questions, which is after all the entire purpose of discussion.

> If anyone has any useful and helpful input I welcome it. If you merely
> want to call me an idiot and imply that I am in some way less than
> loving of my cat then I'd appreciate if you keep your misinformed and
> myopic opinions to yourself. Thank you.

Well no offense when you come on here and say you want the cat to catch mice
WTF do you expect
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by cshen » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 05:55:42



Quote:
>> >> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
>> >> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
>> >> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the

Hi Meghan.  He's too young.  What will happen when he gets older is he will
probably scare the mice into finding some other place.

In the meantime, be careful about any mouse traps.  Some of them can be
dangerous to your kitten too.  Broken toes etc.

 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by megha.. » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 05:58:58



Quote:

> >> >> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
> >> >> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
> >> >> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the

> Hi Meghan.  He's too young.  What will happen when he gets older is he will
> probably scare the mice into finding some other place.

> In the meantime, be careful about any mouse traps.  Some of them can be
> dangerous to your kitten too.  Broken toes etc.

Great thank you!
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by cyberca » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 06:27:11



Quote:





>>> why did my post show up like that huh  correct version



>>> >> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
>>> >> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
>>> >> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
>>> >> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those
>>> >> little
>>> >> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
>>> >> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
>>> >> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran
>>> >> right
>>> >> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
>>> >> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
>>> >> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
>>> >> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
>>> >> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
>>> >> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
>>> >> can do to help teach him?

>>>  Nope  but you can take him back to where you got him if you want a
>>> mouse
>>> trap and call an exterminator  than stop being a complete idiot when it
>>> comes to your cat.  You cat is not a machine since you are a first time
>>> poster here I am thinking TROLL

>> and actually we rescued the kitten who was being kept on a freezing
>> cold porch, hadn't been taken to the vet, was covered in fleas and
>> clearly malnourished. he's now much healthier and being properly taken
>> care of. and on a side note, I came to this discussion board because I
>> was curious if i was missing something and was met with judgmental
>> assumptions about who i am as a cat owner. if i were a negligent owner
>> who saw my cat as a "cheap form of pest control" then I would probably
>> not go to the trouble of trying to learn more. In addition, I was
>> under the assumption that this discussion board would be helpful in
>> answering some of my questions. Instead I have been called a 'complete
>> idiot' for asking simple questions. I would suggest that in the future
>> you think a little more about your posts so that rather than drive
>> people away with your harsh criticism you welcome their input and
>> questions, which is after all the entire purpose of discussion.

>> If anyone has any useful and helpful input I welcome it. If you merely
>> want to call me an idiot and imply that I am in some way less than
>> loving of my cat then I'd appreciate if you keep your misinformed and
>> myopic opinions to yourself. Thank you.

> Well no offense when you come on here and say you want the cat to catch
> mice WTF do you expect

Precisely. Poor cat.
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by cyberca » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 07:01:31



Quote:
> and actually we rescued the kitten who was being kept on a freezing
> cold porch, hadn't been taken to the vet, was covered in fleas and
> clearly malnourished. he's now much healthier and being properly taken
> care of. and on a side note, I came to this discussion board because I
> was curious if i was missing something

You wrote, first line: "We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house."
This group is full of people who really like and love cats. Get it?
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by CatNippe » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 07:24:04



Quote:


>> why did my post show up like that huh  correct version



>> >> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
>> >> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
>> >> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
>> >> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
>> >> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
>> >> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
>> >> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
>> >> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
>> >> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
>> >> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
>> >> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
>> >> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
>> >> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
>> >> can do to help teach him?

>>  Nope  but you can take him back to where you got him if you want a mouse
>> trap and call an exterminator  than stop being a complete idiot when it
>> comes to your cat.  You cat is not a machine since you are a first time
>> poster here I am thinking TROLL

> and actually we rescued the kitten who was being kept on a freezing
> cold porch, hadn't been taken to the vet, was covered in fleas and
> clearly malnourished. he's now much healthier and being properly taken
> care of. and on a side note, I came to this discussion board because I
> was curious if i was missing something and was met with judgmental
> assumptions about who i am as a cat owner. if i were a negligent owner
> who saw my cat as a "cheap form of pest control" then I would probably
> not go to the trouble of trying to learn more. In addition, I was
> under the assumption that this discussion board would be helpful in
> answering some of my questions. Instead I have been called a 'complete
> idiot' for asking simple questions. I would suggest that in the future
> you think a little more about your posts so that rather than drive
> people away with your harsh criticism you welcome their input and
> questions, which is after all the entire purpose of discussion.

> If anyone has any useful and helpful input I welcome it. If you merely
> want to call me an idiot and imply that I am in some way less than
> loving of my cat then I'd appreciate if you keep your misinformed and
> myopic opinions to yourself. Thank you.

This is getting to seem like a broken record, huh guys?

Look, n00b - this is UseNet, not your Aunt ***'s parlor.  Nobody here
knows you or knows what you are like to your cat - we can only go by what
you post.  When you come here with stupid questions expect to be flamed -
such is life.

Hugs,

CatNipped

 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by Christina Websel » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:22:22



Quote:
> We got a kitten to catch the mice in the house. He's about 12 weeks
> old or so. The vet has recommended that he stay indoors, so he's not
> getting any practice hunting outside at all. He loves to chase the
> laser and play with little foam balls, and we have one of those little
> mice that hangs on an elastic string that goes over the door that he
> also loves. The problem is that in the 3 weeks since we got him the
> mice have apparently gotten much bolder. The other night one ran right
> by his food dish and this morning a mouse stood up on his hind legs
> when it saw my roommate! The cat is never around when the mice are,
> they seem to be coming from behind the stove or under the fridge and
> he does spend some time sniffing around there and looking around
> there, but he certainly hasn't chased or caught anything. Is he too
> young for us to expect him to catch the mice? Or is there anything I
> can do to help teach him?

Yes, he is far too young to catch mice.  Kittens who have never been taught
by their mother may never "get it" entirely.  They may catch them as they
get older but not know how to deliver that killing bite.  It took my boy 3
years or so of hunting outside to stop releasing live prey in my kitchen.
Fortunately the light bulb went on one day.  I don't think there is anything
you can do to teach him yourself, especially as an indoor cat.
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by cyberca » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:20:42



Quote:
> I don't think there is anything you can do to teach him yourself,
> especially as an indoor cat.

Which does not mean she should let her cat roam outside, Christina. Unless
the kitten really is a disposable mouse trap.
 
 
 

Too young to catch mice?

Post by cyberca » Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:21:43



Quote:

> Yes, he is far too young to catch mice.  Kittens who have never been
> taught by their mother may never "get it" entirely.  They may catch them
> as they get older but not know how to deliver that killing bite.  It took
> my boy 3 years or so of hunting outside to stop releasing live prey in my
> kitchen. Fortunately the light bulb went on one day.  I don't think there
> is anything you can do to teach him yourself, especially as an indoor cat.

You are also fortunate that your cats have not caught parasites or diseases
from those rodents.