Our cat is going through a stage of bringing in dead mice/birds on an almost nightly basis. Obviously, it's horrible to deal with, but I'm now worried about the possible health implications for our 15-months-old daughter. Does anyone have facts/figures to hand on the likely risk of catching something from these dead animals? Should we try to rehouse the cat?
I wouldn't think so - presuming you clear them up properly and the baby doesn't have much direct contact. My DD has presented me with a crispy frog and a squashed mouse from the garden before now! As long as they're not licking the corpses, there's not likely to be much difference between recently dead mouse germs from the actual mice or the same germs walked in on your shoes or your cats paws.
Thanks all - she brought in 2 mice and a bird last night, all laid out on baby's toybox for us in the morning! Probably attention seeking, so will try giving her more wet foods and a good stroking session.
Live mice can be carriers of salmonella, so worthwhile to set traps especially if you have crawling toddlers. Also, lots of cleaning/mopping (droppings contain salmonella if mouse is infected) if you think there are live mice where your child is. Same applies to rats and pigeons.