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Re: RE: mousers was: holiday decorating

A  good few years ago TV program, don't know if it was one from PBS or
Disney, covered this subject.   If the mother cat catches mice, snakes,
etc. and brings them back to the kittens, the kittens will be good mousers.
Cats that are raised with no opportunity to observe the adult, are never as
good.  Interesting.  The program also illustrated that the most effective
mouser is a black snake...will outdo a cat every time.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 10/15/2003 8:34:21 PM
> Subject: Re: RE: [CHAT]mousers was:  holiday decorating
> I've developed the theory that good mousers have to be either wild
> born, barn cats or have had a mother who was as their mothers teach
> them to hunt.  Most human raised cats are not really good hunters. 
> They will chase and often kill something, but that's just instinct
> and not "hunting".  My current mighty hunter was (I am sure) either
> born wild or a barn cat baby.  She is fixated on hunting; so is
> campused as she cannot distinguish between a bird and a rodento. 
> Being in the woods, we always had an influx of mice in autumn...can't
> blame them; I'd rather live in heated quarters in winter, too.  I
> think field mice are cute, but do not like them in my kitchen and
> they can make such a mess.  Anyway, any mouse who is dumb enough to
> show a whisker around here now has a very shortened life span.    My
> mighty hunter eats what she kills  - unfortunately, she also often
> barfs it right back up...gag.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
> > 
> > Pam,
> > 
> > One of my friends does cat rescue. She says that a lot of shelter
> cats are
> > just owner give-ups and are poor mousers.
> > 
> >  I'll have her keep an eye open for me, though. It would also need
> to be a
> > cat that could get along with our elderly dog, who tore his
> cruciate
> > ligament a few weeks ago. The poor old guy tries to hunt, but is
> severely
> > hampered. I was going to find him a rescue pup/dog, since he hadn't
> ever
> > been an only dog until December, but I think the new activity would
> probably
> > make his leg worse.
> > 
> > Daryl
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