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Old 11-09-2008, 06:44 PM
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Question How did you train a cat to be a mouser'?

Hi guys, Just wondering if you guys have ever been able to train a cat to be a mouse hunter? Any sugestuons would be great thanks again guys.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:46 PM
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Last I heard they are born that way. Cats are natural born hunters and I wasn't aware that you could train a cat.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:26 PM
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don't feed em. They'll find something to eat then...

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Old 11-21-2008, 09:10 PM
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Catch one in a trap and let him/her play with it. They should be born with it but may not realize it's ability if it never had the chance.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:41 PM
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Starving the cat probably won't work. All cats are born with an instinct to hunt, even if they are well-fed. Kittens hone their hunting skills by watching their mother and playing with one another, but an only-child orphan can still be an effective mouser.

The only thing I can find to do is encourage kitty-kat when he/she catches something. Let the cat play with the "toy" as long as you can stand it (be sure to notice where it ends up.) Then praise the cat and feed it something you don't normally give it, like canned tuna.

As long as the cat is encouraged, it will keep bringing you "presents." Just be aware that cats are pretty indiscriminate when it comes to prey. Your bird / lizard / frog population is likely to take a hit as well.
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