Our Cat Kills Mice For Us

This is Valentine, ferocious killer!

My cat's got me just where she wants me.

Yes I know, a cat article. Expect more, I dig cats. It's almost embarrassing really, but the heart wants what it wants, haha.

I "saved" this cat from the West side of Chicago several years ago. Despite the cliched ring to it, in many ways she saved me too. That's another path of words altogether though. This tale is about Valentine's penchant for chasing tales, mainly tiny rodential ones. That's right, I said rodential. Mouse parts, voles and moles, critter herds, you know what I mean.

This cat of mine, I've always believed, senses things in my families life. I can't say how or why, just little things she does to warm up to you. As if she understands a language of energy that I'm not in touch with or something.

Here he is, Valentine's bounty.

Meet the now deceased: Microtus pennsylvanicus
Meet the now deceased: Microtus pennsylvanicus

Thanks but no thanks Valentine!

I know my cat's heart is in the right place. I know she's going out and killing the mice in our back field to help add to the groceries around here. I'm not sure why I know, but I just do.

She's taken to killing the Microtus pennsylvanicus, or Field Mice in our backyard. They're kind of cute, pudgy little varmints that I've spotted here and there near the garbage and to the edge of our little woods. Pretty much once or twice a week our cat Valentine dispatches one and leaves it at our back door, as if to say, "Here you go Dad, I caught another one for the dinner table. Cook it up."

But I of course do not. As adventurous as my menu sometimes is, I draw the line at rodents. Mainly I feel bad that Valentine, our well fed domestic cat, goes out and basically kills for sport. Stealing the dinner away from Red Tailed hawks and owls no doubt.

When we lived in the city, shortly after I saved her from the street, she caught a regular house mouse and proceeded to devour the little bugger within a few hours. Now the need is gone, but not the instinct apparently.

I unceremoniously carry the remains of Microtus pennsylvanicus to the backyard where I imagine raccoon, possum or maybe a raven or two may hopefully take advantage of this little creatures protein packed remains.

Although I appreciate Valentine's sentiment, and I can read her communication with me like a sixth sense, I wish that I could communicate to her to just stick with the kibble! Alas, I can't stop letting her out. She's got those big doe eyes that beg at me like "Flower" from the Bambi movie. What's more she lived a torturous life of suffering back in Chicago, I've finally found some respite for her here in the country.  I just hope she learns to leave a little more for the locals.

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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

They do that. My cat brought in a big mouse one day. So I threw it back outside. Then the little kitten brought the same mouse back in just like he had been the one to catch it the first time. Cats like the attention. This is why they rub up on your legs and purr. My cat even learned to "knock" on the door when he wanted back in. The Discovery channel just released a great show on House Cats and their behaviors... try and catch it when it repeats.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Mike I will look for it, we're Discovery Channel junkies around here. My cat does the same thing, bumping her head against the door!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Cats. gotta love 'em. love the photo too. the leaf is a nice touch:)


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

sorry for the duplicate, but you can delete it.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Ha, the leaf! Glad you noticed, I nearly brushed it away, but in a moment of whimsy decided it should stay. I'm going to keep the duplicate, as I saw Niteriter say to you once GL, the greenery livens up the place!


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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I love cats too. Mine is far too lazy to catch anything - something that I am rather pleased about.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Ha, that sounds like my daughter's cat Storm. She can barely get up sometimes!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Lovely creature, your Valentine... I have two spoiled sisters who also sometimes bring mice in house...or lizards, or crickets...Few days ago one of them left one half of mouse in my boyfriend´s slipper, intentionaly. She wanted to share her dinner with him...

Of course I enjoyed your Hub very much!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Tatjana, Valentine really is lovely! I envy that you live somewhere with lizards! Lucky! I didn't know that Croatia was warm enough for reptiles! It's very cold here in Wisconsin (my state in the US), they have lizards here near the Mississippi River, but I've never seen one in 37 years!

Funny about your boyfriends slipper!


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Katelyn Weel 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Nice story! I guess it's the thought that counts, right? :)


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Katelyn, yeah, she just wants to share the love. We're just not much into eating rodents around here.

HAPPY SOLSTICE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE!!!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Our two housecats spent the day sleeping on our bed. When our one cat Dusty used to be an inside-outside cat...he was a terror on squirrels and anything else he could catch. Now he has gotten fat and lazy. Love our four legged furry creatures!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

We've got one fat and lazy cat Peggy. She can barely catch the kibble! Funny now that's it's gotten to be bitterly cold, Valentine only goes out for a minute at a time and wants to come in, Wisconsin's a bit colder than Illinois. Thanks for stopping by!


soupdragon 4 years ago

I wish there was a cat where I work, the woodsheds are infested with mice, a quick bite from a cat has got to be more humane the killing them with the poison I have to put down for them. I doubt it's quick.


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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Soupdragon go with it! The cost of applying Frontline to a cat or two (in case the mice they're culling happen to carry any smaller vermin) along with feed and litter would easily compare to buying traps and poison, not to mention the cantankerous companionship.

Great comment thanks,

Ben

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