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Can Cats Actually Help Prevent a Rodent Problem?

There has long been the thought that having a cat in your house will help keep rats and mice out. After all, cats eat these vermin, so why wouldn’t this method of prevention work? Well, the truth of the matter is that it all depends on the cat. Some cats will chase after and take down any rat or mouse that they encounter, while others will simply watch them run by without a thought. 

If you’ve been considering buying a cat for your home simply for the rodent prevention that they offer, you may want to reconsider. If you happen to get a cat that’s a good “mouser”, then sure, this method may work for you. But if you happen to get a lazy cat that really has no interest, then all you’ve got is a new pet, plus your rodent problem. Cats typically learn how to hunt rats and mice my watching their mothers. If your cat’s mom wasn’t big on hunting, chances are they can’t be trained to do the job themselves. If you were thinking of getting a cat as a pet for the companionship that they offer, then go right ahead and cross your fingers that they help with your rodent problem, too.

Even if your cat is excellent at rodent control and you rarely see rats or mice roaming about your home, be aware that this could present an entirely new set of problems for you and your loved ones. Cats can catch tapeworms, roundworms, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, and yersiniosis from the rats and mice that they do catch, and they could potentially pass these things on to you, your family, or your other pets.

So while your favorite kitty cat may or may not help out with rodent control efforts around your home, there really is only one way to guarantee that the issue be dealt with. Routine pest control services performed by a qualified pest control technician are the best way to ensure that rats, mice, and all other rodents are kept out of your home and away from your family. If you don’t currently have pest control services routinely performed in your home, consider setting something up. Keeping rodents out is essential to the health and safety of your family, so it’s important to know that you’re doing all you can to take care of any potential problems.