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A Pet Cat - Is This Really The Best Way To Catch Mice?

Updated on August 4, 2015

Mice? Yikes! Cat Company Needed Fast!

It was my mother who had at first realized that there was a need for a cat, when she had suspected mice trespassing in our kitchen area.

My sister suggested that we get a kitten but kittens first of all need to grow up into cats. There was some kind of an urgency to address this issue.

My mother used to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, preparing our meals, of course three times a day.

In between she also used to prepare snacks for tea and a "little bite" before lunch.

Snacks were a very common thing in almost every household and usually consisted of patties, fish rolls, veggie rolls, and sweet pancakes. Strangely enough, fruits were not given much priority when considering dessert.

Always puddings gave way to fruits. Unlike today fruits were taken for granted as they were cheap and available in abundance.


Great pose, Cat! Thanks! Now you can stop smiling!
Great pose, Cat! Thanks! Now you can stop smiling!

Cats As Pets? Sure, Get One And You've Got A Living Mousetrap!

It was the early sixties. In that era, fast food was totally unheard of.

Everything that was eaten at home was home cooked and fresh.

Yes! Three freshly cooked meals every single day. Nothing left over to be re-heated and consumed at a later time!

Due to these reasons the kitchen was the most important part of the house. And so any indication of mice in this sacred area was considered an important issue, meant to be addressed with top priority.


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A Pet Cat - Two Birds With One Stone!

When my mother subsequently announced the need for a cat, my older brother volunteered to get one.

Of course a cat was preferred to a mousetrap due to various reasons.

A few days later, he duly brought one home from the grocery store.

No, the grocery store did not sell cats. My brother had requested the grocery store owner to get us a cat, and he did.

Such requests are usually made from grocers since they come into contact with many people within the area. Thus they are able to pass a message around.


The Arrival Of "Cat"

I remember that day when my brother wheeled his bicycle into the porch. The basket which was mounted on the front part of the bicycle was shut.

Always the basket used to be partly open due to the fact that when my brother returns from his shopping missions it used to be overloaded with groceries .

This time, I was certain it contained "cat." One hundred percent "cat." How right I was!


The Best Way To Catch Mice - Shoot On Sight!

Just before my brother mounted the bike on it's stand, he flipped open the lid of the basket and then "cat" puts his head out and withdraws it almost at once.

I recall my mother lifting him out of the basket and taking him straight to the kitchen, placing him on the ground and giving him a little forward-push, saying "go on and catch mice!"

Well, before "cat" could even get his eye in, his task was already assigned to him!

Nature's mousetrap has been installed ... with great expectations!


Talking Cat

Two Talking Cats

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The Assimiliation - The Cute Cat!

I was a little kid at that time and I was terrified of cats. He was neither a kitten nor a full grown cat. He was somewhere around the halfway mark.

He was light brown in color, with brownish streaks around the neck area. He was indeed a really cute cat!

My brother named him Diki, but my mother stuck to the conventional "puss-puss-puss"or "kitty, kitty, kitty!"

I remember how I used to spring on to the top of the table in terror whenever he comes to the sitting area. He often used to sharpens his claws on the rattan chair which my father used to sit on, when he smoked his cigars and read the newspapers.

I do not recall how I got over the fear as the months progressed, but I do remember incidents which followed the post fear era.

There was an instance when I brought him into the living area in order to introduce him to some visitors.

There were other children present as well, who were not well acquainted with cats. In fact they were terrified of cats like I had been previously.

Their screams frightened him. He, struggling to escape, managed to scrape my arms with the claws on his hind legs, before he sprang away!

My mother always took the cat's side. She said it serves me right for trying to show off to the other kids.


Getting interested? Smell a mouse?
Getting interested? Smell a mouse?

Mum Keeps Watch Over The Playful Cat

He was indeed playful. Game for almost anything. He liked to be carried and thrown on to the bed, and I realized that he was able to twist himself around in mid air and land on all fours.

However my mother always had one eye on whatever I was up to, and she always kept a close watch on everything I did which involved the cat.

Sometimes she cautioned me against overdoing it. However, I knew that when DikiKat has had enough, he would simply bolt away!

When a big boy in the neighbourhood explained to me how I could get the cat to "reverse," she had been listening.

He suggested that I pull a sock over the cat's face! My mum immediately cautioned me against trying that out.

She said to me, "if you do that, the cat might suffocate." She then stressed, that the wrath of the Manufacturer will be on you!


Got interested? Spotted the mouse?
Got interested? Spotted the mouse?

The Soft Toy Called Cat

"Ngyaew!" ... that was all he said, in different tones, in different pitches and in different degrees of loudness.

A low voiced "ngyaew" modulated with a purr, really means "thanks a lot for the food."

This remark usually is made prior to eating.

I am really certain about this, as I have performed experiments involving many cats before I came to this conclusion.


More Stories About Our Feline Friends!

Felis Catus - AKA Cat, Nature's Mousetrap - Of all the animals around the only one that has been programmed to shoot on sight on spotting a mouse is, of course our feline friend! Here's another one about nature's mousetrap, cat!

A Very Clever Cat - Cats are clever. Some feign stupidity. Some of them are very clever. So clever that they feign extreme stupidity! Good enough to hoodwink most humans! Here's one such cat!

What Sound Do You Think A Cat Makes? ... Meow? ... Are You Sure?

Have you listened closely to a cat calling out? How does he sound to your ears? Please check out this question right here and answer it if you can!

What Cat Taught Me

During this period of time, I had formed the habit of putting my tongue out, curving it backwards and moving it clockwise and anti-clockwise alternately, whilst it was in contact with the upper and lower parts of my lips.

I used to do this after meals. It was evident to all around that I had learnt this habit from "cat."

My sister, who was older, never approved of this. She still insisted that I should wipe my mouth with a damp serviette after each meal!

As a little kid, I thought to myself, the good thing about cats is that they don't rust ... and they don't need battery replacements either! I used to wonder what made this soft toy click.

The Manufacturer certainly had done a good job. An excellent job I would say. A masterpiece indeed, and they come in many colors too.

If ever you think of getting a cat, I suggest that you get a kitten. Kittens are most playful and grow up pretty fast too. Your kids will be delighted to have them around in the house!

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Hi Cat! How are you doing? What's up anyway?
Hi Cat! How are you doing? What's up anyway?

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    • guidebaba profile image

      guidebaba 8 years ago from India

      I remember we had a Pet Cat that was loved by all my family members. One day my father decided to leave her to some place from where she could never return to our house again. My Dad let her some 5-6 km away from the house and that too at night. The next morning we found the cat back in our house. Thenonwards my dad started loving this cat. Now she is no longer on earth. It has been 11 years now but we still love our Dear Cat and Miss her. Love You PUSSY.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      You see, they say if you trim the whiskers a little they will not be able to find their way back. I am glad you did not know that.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      That's a nice info to know but wouldn't trimming whiskers impair the poor cats ability to identify for food/defend itself?

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Well I guess cats identify food by just sniffing. As for self defence, they use claws, fang, and a high pitched "NGYAEEOW!" ... followed by "KHHHHHHHH!"

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      I thought the cat uses whiskers as sensors/antennae which then pass on the information to the nose. Hence does cutting the whiskers make them lose that ability to identify its food like rats or figure out imminent danger from larger creatures like dogs or others? Meeooooooooow :-)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Well, my mum used to say if you just trim the whiskers a wee bit they will not be able to find their way back to where they were brought from. There is no need for a "clean shave!" The whiskers are supposed to grow back soon. LOL!

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      newcapo 8 years ago

      Love that cat history- always enjoy seeing what people write about their pets. Very entertaining.....

      We have 3 orange tabby cats and a dog. The pets have enriched our childrens' lives immensely- we are lucky that they respect animals and haven't been mean. When I was a kid I had a nerf bow-and-arrow that I would fire at the cat- I did not hurt of course- but I thought it was funny to see the cat take off running like in the cartoons I watched.

      Great hub, quicksand!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Three orange cats? WOW! I used to call them butter-cats, ones that are light brown in color. DikiKat too was of that color and used to resemble the cat in the picture above.

      Thanks for your comment, Newcapo.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago from India

      Love the talking cat videos! It's so amazing, the more I wander through HubPages the more cat people I meet! :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Ah, Feline Prophet, now I know why you selected that avatar!

      Thanks for your visit! :)

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      lol - your mom sounds like a very awesome lady.

      My dogs have not taught me any tongue tricks yet. One of them likes to run around with her mouth closed, but with a small bit of tongue hanging out. It is very endearing. Your hub has inspired me to try it out and see if it is endearing on me as well ;)- [ wish I had that tongue emoticon that they have in the Forum]

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      My mum was a good cook too! Shibashake, thanks for reading about dikiKAT! :)

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      BeatsMe 7 years ago

      lol. You hate dogs but you luv cats? Uhh. I'm confused.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Well, BeatsMe, you've got it all wrong. I don't hate dogs at all. I just dislike them immensely. That's all!

      As for cats, it is pleasant even to look at pictures of cats, and the sound of a cat's "meow" is most pleasing to one's ears.

      Thanks for your visit and I hope you like cats too. Take another look at the brown one at the very top!  :)

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      Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

      Like your brother, I brought cats home from the grocery store too. Not one but two kittens in a shopping cart outside the grocer door with a poster sign saying 'won't you take us home'? and so I did. My father named them Merle and Miles and always said they were the two dumbest cats he ever met. hmmmmmmm, what did he know?

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Some cats feign stupidity. There is one such cat in our neighborhood. I have just added a picture of him just below the comments box! :)

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      Simply Redd 7 years ago from Canada

      Nice hub! I especially like the talking cat videos.

      :o)

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      You simply read the hub, didn't you, Simply Redd? Thanks for doing so! :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Personally I'm a dog lover, always have been since a child. My first pet was a dog. On the other hand my Mom liked both. She had a bigggggggggg fuzzy white cat with blue eyes. That cat used to sit in the window and watch for her to come home. My dogs do the same thing. They are so happy to see me when I come home. I always bring them a treat.

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      quicksand 4 years ago

      Hi BodyLevive, animals do understand humans a great deal although we don't come anywhere close to fully understanding them! (Well that's what I think!) Anyways, thanks a lot for commenting. I appreciate it!

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      Peter 3 years ago

      Please don't get a cat if you're only interested in catching mice. You should get a cat if you really interested in keeping the cat as a pet. Owning a cat is a serious life commitment. If you want to get rid of mice, you should call an exterminator. Just because you get a cat doesn't mean that a cat will be a good mouser. Many cats aren't interested in catching mice, because they are just used to eating cat food.

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      quicksand 3 years ago

      Thanks Peter! I won't, and I will! Well, I actually did . There ain't no mice around these days and it has been that way for decades. My story happened in the sixties. The last cat I had was actually a paid guest, and not a paying guest. Whiskas was his favorite currency! He never complained about KFC excess either! We could afford his company too! Unfortunately he sprang outta the window en route to the vet and that was the last we saw of him. Thank you very much for commenting. :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 15 months ago from Canada

      I love the title of your page, and it is so cool that you lived in a time when the grocer got your cat for you. It reminds me of the small towns I used to live in, where everything was done by word-of-mouth. And yes, cats are actually a pretty practical idea to have around the house. Not to mention that they are very cute and smart, too. We have three of them, but I am not biased! Have a wonderful day!

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      quicksand 12 months ago

      Thanks for commenting, PrariePrincess, and how fortunate you are to host three of them! They are indeed smart creatures!

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      Nell Rose 7 days ago from England

      We had two cats, and one dog. Simba and Jason and the dog was called pepe! no, lol! he wasn't mexican!

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      quicksand 7 days ago

      If dogs could learn to speak cat, it would be simply great! Thanks for reading and commenting!

    Relax, Cat, relax!
    Relax, Cat, relax!
    No, that's not a mouse at all. It's only a leaf!
    No, that's not a mouse at all. It's only a leaf!
    Three Kittens are better than two. Three heads, really!
    Three Kittens are better than two. Three heads, really!
    Haarh! You could very well be the first cat to spot a flying saucer! Don't take your eyes off!
    Haarh! You could very well be the first cat to spot a flying saucer! Don't take your eyes off!

    © 2008 quicksand

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