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post #1 of 42 Old 12-10-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Why the Cat Starved to Death


Yes, this is my barn. Yes, those are water and food bowls for the cat. Yes, we "adopted" a feral cat from a hoarding situation to deal with the mouse problem. You can see how well that has worked.







You can see how nonchalant these guys are. You can catch them while they're eating the cat's food, and they'll hold onto their kernel and continue eating it while you carry them upside down, set them on a horse....whatever.

And this is the best part:



Notice anything special about this mouse?





Yes. The wild mice are developing white markings and becoming tame. There is no domestic blood in these guys. They're just mutating.



I don't know if there are multiple mousies with stars, or if I've just caught the same one five times, but pretty soon we're either going to have a real-life version of Willard or we're just going to sell the horses and get into the mouse business full time.

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post #2 of 42 Old 12-10-2011, 05:36 PM
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You be careful there Bubba, you know how dangerous mice are, especially around the ear


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post #3 of 42 Old 12-10-2011, 06:25 PM
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You should acquire a pet snake at the barn as well ;)
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post #4 of 42 Old 12-10-2011, 06:31 PM
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That actually made me laugh - I'm sorry, I know how dangerous it is to have a mouse infestation - get more cats? I don't know... But ... those are healthy looking buggers. And ... Ha! That's definitely funny youtube material there.

Those markings are certainly unique ... And they show no fear whatsoever.
Please keep us updated in your Mice vs Men Scenario.

I'd like to know whether Pinky & the Brain manage to take over the world this night, or whether you'll find a solution.
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Those markings are certainly unique .

Looks like some white mice might have gotten into the gene pool.
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Ok, here's a clue: you want birds? Put out a bird feeder. You want mice? Put out a mice feeder. That's what you have -- a mice feeder.

Feed your cat ONCE a day. Same time, every day. Just a handful, not a whole freakin' bowlful! Sole purpose of providing feed for the cat is to keep it around. The cat must have motivation to hunt. Your "feral" cat is probably too well fed to be bothered to hunt.
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Ok, here's a clue: you want birds? Put out a bird feeder. You want mice? Put out a mice feeder. That's what you have -- a mice feeder.

Feed your cat ONCE a day. Same time, every day. Just a handful, not a whole freakin' bowlful! Sole purpose of providing feed for the cat is to keep it around. The cat must have motivation to hunt. Your "feral" cat is probably too well fed to be bothered to hunt.

I think the reason the OP posted this was for the amusement factor to be fair ;D
Sure, mouse infestations are prettyyyy nasty, but you gotta admit, you could just...pick them up yourselves if you really wanted to!
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There are snakes around here....but not really in the barn. They turn up squashed in the hay bales from time to time. :(

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Looks like some white mice might have gotten into the gene pool.
Most "white" mice you see in pet stores and labs are unpigmented albinos, which is a recessive gene that has nothing to do with white markings. I would say that the odds of there being introduced genetics are extremely slim, for a number of reasons. First, this is a rural area, and we have few neighbors. All of the neighbors we do have are the original owners, and all of the houses are four years old or newer--this whole property was one giant hay/cattle farm before that. None of the people within a mile + radius keep or have ever kept pet mice. Not to mention that domestic mice are a different species than their wild counterparts and would probably not too readily interbreed due to territorialism and differing behaviors....domestic mice would probably not even know how to survive long in the wild.

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Ok, here's a clue: you want birds? Put out a bird feeder. You want mice? Put out a mice feeder. That's what you have -- a mice feeder.

Feed your cat ONCE a day. Same time, every day. Just a handful, not a whole freakin' bowlful! Sole purpose of providing feed for the cat is to keep it around. The cat must have motivation to hunt. Your "feral" cat is probably too well fed to be bothered to hunt.
If we only fed the cat once a day, she wouldn't eat. The only time we ever see her is rarely at night, slinking around. At the first sign of people she's gone. And despite having had her vaccinations, she's pretty skinny and crappy-looking. Even the vet said she doesn't take good care of herself.

I do, occasionally, find bloody mouse parts in the barn, so she is hunting some. And she's run all the birds off, which is great, because the finches were making an absolute unsanitary mess, with bird poop everywhere.

And even if we took the cat food away, that wouldn't solve the mouse problem, as there's no way to restrict their access to the grain that the horses drop--the problem was the same before the cat and the cat food ever came.



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I would poison them, and be done with it. No they don't rot, they dry up, the poison mummifies them. I used to live trap packrats in my barn, while the dogs loved it, it was not effective. I put poison out as soon as I smell that stink of rat pee or see droppings. I only have to put the poison out for a day or two & they are gone. With the live trapping, I was constantly trapping, was a steady supply of packrats & rat pee on the wall & ratcrap on every flat surface. I do have a cat but these rats are too big for a cat to get a kill bite on them. I do have terrier dogs but these rats could climb up the wall no problem. Only time the dogs got ahold of these vermin is when I let the rat out of the trap, treats for the dogs. You did know a mouse poos & pees every 3 minutes, disgusting, means it's using your barn as a urinal. As for poisoning other animals with the bait, hah, my cat only eats expensive catfood & snubs his nose at other food, never would he eat green dry pellets in a tinfoil made up type dish. I doubt your cat would either, she's not even eating her regular contaminated food. The mice are.
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I think they are cute myself...Just sayin'.
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