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Cat left me with field mouse. ALIVE!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GD91, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will start by saying my cat is an excellent mouser. In fact he is so good, he has become the heaviest cat I have ever owned since we got the chickens, rabbits & quail. We have plenty of mice & long story short, He is getting fat! We stopped feeding him & he still hasn't lost any weight. Putting food down is a waste of time since he is full.

    Obviously full on mice he brought this young (about 7-8 weeks) male field mouse into our flat & left it on the kitchen floor in shock stumbling about. Needless to say, it had a lucky escape because I nearly trod on it on my way to the kettle.

    I bent down & scruffed it & put it in a bucket with some rabbit food & some loo roll. Its now snuggled down under the loo roll & has perked up.

    Now I don't know whether to collect a mouse cage for it or stick it back outside. I don't want to give it the cat since he's never really hungry & will just toss it about for ages causing needless suffering. We don't have any snap traps or anything since we don't like trapping mice to kill.
    I also don't want it back in the garden, breeding & eating the animal feed (which we keep in the flat anyway to stop mice helping themselves).

    Before anyone says shoot it, I would but its illegal to have guns. Really all I could do is drown it, but I don't do that to our animals & I don't see why a wild animal should suffer any different. [​IMG]

    I'm also in a town with nowhere to release this poor guy without him causing problems. Also I think it would just get eaten. Also the temps here are currently below freezing.

    I've raised baby field mice for release before, but I know they need a tank with lots of hay & privacy.

    I don't mind it as a pet, but what about disease?
     
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  2. NinjaRooster

    NinjaRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lucky you, our cats just look at mice and say "No thanks human, I'm sleeping, you get it."

    If it were me, I would dispose of it. I'm not sure how, but I would find a way. (decapitation?) [​IMG]

    Anyway, good luck.
     
  3. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, its taking a turn for the worst so let nature decide [​IMG]I picked it up & it was very cold, but still alive.... it was running around an hour ago, now its off its feet. I've given it some sugar water & put it in one of the incubators, if it dies from shock at least it dies warm. Poor mite.

    Update: Just checked & its dead. Gave it the cat & he's eaten it [​IMG] he will be forever fat.

    I'm too soft, thats my trouble [​IMG]
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Feed it to the chooks!
     

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