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How to stop cats bringing in mice and frogs etc.

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bumperlicious Fri 03-Aug-07 20:46:29

My mum's two cats have got into the habit of bringing in mice and frogs at nice and my mum keeps having to get up in the middle of the night to rescue the poor buggers.

Is there anything that she can do to stop bringing them in? Or catching them in the first place? These are the most spoiled cats in the world so my suggestion of locking the cat flap to leave them out all night didn't go down well!

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 03-Aug-07 20:47:20

Lock the cat flap.

Put a bell on their collars.

Other than that. Nothing.

clayre Fri 03-Aug-07 20:47:32


snowwonder Fri 03-Aug-07 20:48:19

could she lock them in all night?

i have the same prob and they are normally still live and i am scared to death of them..

snowwonder Fri 03-Aug-07 20:49:17

it is my thinking that the bells on collar only really scare the birds..

whomovedmychocolate Fri 03-Aug-07 20:53:09

My cat catches around ten mice a day - the occasional frog, pigeons, but not wild birds. Anyway, we live in the country so we don't mind too much but he does bring them home too. I found moving his food source closer to the door seemed to help, for some unfathomable reason. Perhaps it reminded him he had snacks at home. Perhaps it's totally random. I do know that bells don't work.

Of course your mum could just let the mice/frogs be eaten, then she wouldn't have to rescue/clean up. Mostly they die anyway. Harsh but true.

bumperlicious Fri 03-Aug-07 21:09:16

Oh no VVV she couldn't possibly look them in or out, they wouldn't like it [exasperated emoticon] . They are sleep all day in and out all night types of cats.

They have bells on their collars so that isn't working. I'll suggest the food thing though, thanks!

Tigi Fri 03-Aug-07 21:16:09

Collar and loud bell doesn't work for mine! I keep her in at night though - because the foxes might eat her!

Stroo Sun 05-Aug-07 21:50:00

Accept the gifts in the spirit with which they are given!

Phraedd Thu 09-Aug-07 20:53:32

i am watching this one woth intrest as we have this problem too.

I did lock the catflap so that she can go out bit i let her in (after checking that her mouth is empty). She has worked out that if she bangs the flap hard enough, it opens!

Little bugger

Wcarter197 Tue 22-Nov-16 18:22:01

Just been all night trying to catch this mouse that the cat had brought in but she brings it in and just let's it go so it falls to me to catch it but this time I just opened the back door and it scarpped too a whole day and night

froglou Wed 23-Nov-16 10:18:46

I tell mine off by clapping and spraying with water, she still hunts but she leaves them outside rather than brining in the house.
You can try a bell on the collar but mine always lost it or I'd take it off at night as the constant ringing kept me awake! Apart from keeping the cats in at night (don't lock them outside) there's nothing you can do. I keep mine in at night but for safety reasons (them getting run over etc) but they still hunt in the day.

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