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Is it possible for a cat to only eat rodents?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by guinea fowl galore, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Songster

    May 12, 2009
    Here's the situation..... We have a lot of rats.
    They are just naturally in this area ( [​IMG] I guess like most areas [​IMG] ) but having the chickens is just making things so much worse. We have tried baiting and trapping them but that hasn't worked at all. I keep everything very clean and take all the food away at night ( exept of course the stuff that's been spilt and on the ground). So with all my attempts to kill the rodents not working I'm starting to think a cat may be the only other option. BUT, I dont like cats, they're cute and I like them looks wise buy I don't like their personalities and most of all I don't like how they kill EVERYTHING. like birds and all the native animals.
    Soooo, is it possible far a cat to be able to live with chickens and only eat rodents ( I'd feed it too. I'm just meaning animal wise)? Or is this just insane for me to even be thinking.

  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    Nope a good mouser will definately eat any critter it happens to catch.
  3. teeville5

    teeville5 Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Our barn cats have caught everything from mice, chipmunks, moles, and even rabbits. However, they don't bother the chickens. In fact, we have six bantams that roam around with them.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I've never known a cat to go solely after rodents, they'll try birds too if they can, but not all are horrible about chickens in specific. I've had some terrible ones that ate a lot of my chicks, but I also have one who's getting up in his years now who's NEVER been an issue with any of our poultry, no matter the age. [​IMG]

    Songbirds, etc - They'll kill them if they can, but only if they can.
  5. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    Thats not really true. We have a cat who is an outdoor/barn cat, she is the best mouser ever. Mice, rats, moles, ground squirrels, sparrows and any other wild birds she can find. That said she doesn't bother our chicks, ducklings, keets or the adults either. I caught her sleeping in the brooder with our chicks once. She doesn't mess with the baby rabbits if they get loose etc, but she is vicious when it comes to the rodents and wild birds. Maybe I am just lucky but I think you can train a cat, they are smart enough to figure out what they can and can't eat.
  6. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    not one of my cats go after chicks or chickens, .but they eat everything else (rats mice, little birds, rabbits etc)
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    We've never had a problem with our cats bothering the adult chickens. We keep them away from the chicks in the brooder.

    Several of our dogs have been great at catching mice, as well as other vermin. That might be an option for you, too, if you like dogs better than cats. We've been able to train our dogs to leave the chickens alone.

  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Cats kill. It's just the nature of the beast. If it moves they will give it a try. Most cats that leave chicks alone do so because a momma hen has educated them.
  9. jbourget

    jbourget Songster

    Apr 4, 2008

    my cats dont bother the chickens...just the rabbtis and fly squirrels ect........ LOL
  10. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Songster

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    Quote:Oh no...I wish we had flying squirrels around here. I haven't seen any in years. Box up a few and send them down here please. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2011

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