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Cats May Not Be So Good at Catching Rats After All

Cat and MouseIn addition to being great companion pets, cats have long been held in high regard for their ability to control rodent populations as well. Many generations of farmers have relied on their cats’ natural hunting instincts to keep mice and other small pests out of their barns, for example.

But as it turns out, cats might not be nearly as good at policing pest problems as we think they are.

A study that was recently conducted by researchers at Fordham University revealed that cats don’t always serve as an effective deterrent for rats. These researchers spent five months observing the interactions that took place between cats and rats at a waste management facility in Brooklyn, N.Y. During that time period, they found that the cats rarely tried to attack the facility’s rats. In fact, they observed the cats attacking rats on just three occasions, and only two of those attacks resulted in the deaths of rats.

The researchers attribute their findings to the fact that rats naturally tend to change their behavior when they know cats are nearby. The rats stop scurrying around as much as they normally do and spend more time hiding. Furthermore, the cats may be downright intimidated by the impressive size of these city rats. The average New York City rat is about 10 times larger than the average New York City mouse, and about 20 times larger than the average New York City bird. The researchers suspect that these cats know they’re typically better off going after smaller mice and birds as opposed to rats.

Your cat might think she’s a pretty fearsome hunter, but big city rats can be formidable opponents. If you’re concerned about rat populations around your home, this study suggests that you’re probably better off calling a pest control company rather than trying to put your cat to work.

Keep Cats Comfortable With the Right Kennel and Boarding Equipment

Because cats are territorial animals that typically don’t like to stray too far from home, a stay at a boarding facility or kennel can be a stressful experience for our feline companions. In some cases, the stress of being temporarily relocated can even aggravate chronic health conditions and have a negative impact on a cat’s… Continue Reading

New Research Sheds Light on the Unique Structure of Cat Tongues

If you’ve ever received an affectionate lick from your cat during one of their grooming sessions, you probably noticed that their tongue is covered in an array of curved spines that feel rough to the touch like a strip of Velcro. It’s common knowledge that the spines on a cat’s tongue aid in the grooming… Continue Reading

Keep Cats Entertained With Interactive Puzzle Feeders

Do you struggle to find enough time in the day to keep your cat entertained? If so, your cat could start misbehaving as a result of their boredom. Fortunately, interactive puzzle feeders offer a simple way to keep your cat stimulated that doesn’t require much time and effort on your part. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Make More Feline Friends With These Tips!

Having trouble getting a friend or family member’s cat to warm up to you? Many cats are very friendly and affectionate, but they can be a little hesitant to trust people when they first meet. The good news is, by learning how to approach cats in a friendly and non-threatening manner, you can make new… Continue Reading

Grooming Your Cat Offers Health and Wellness Benefits

Cats may spend a lot of their free time grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a little assistance from their human companions now and then. In fact, running a brush through your cat’s fur offers a great opportunity to bond with your cat and prevent potential health issues. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Why do House Cats Have Slit Pupils?

Have you ever admired your cat’s eyes and wondered why their pupils look like narrow slits rather than round circles like ours? If you’ve visited the zoo recently or caught a wildlife show on TV, you may have even noticed that big cats like lions and tigers don’t have slit pupils either. So why do… Continue Reading

Don’t Make These Common Cat Care Mistakes

Thanks to their naturally independent natures, cats are fairly low maintenance pets that can typically don’t require as much training as their canine counterparts. That said, our cats still depend on us for food, shelter and company, so it’s important to do our best to give them the care they need to live happy, healthy… Continue Reading

Kidney Disease Prevention Tips for Cats

Thanks to their ability to manage blood pressure, remove waste from the blood and produce hormones, your cat’s kidneys play a very important role in their overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, kidney disease is one of the most common ailments to affect senior cats. The good news is, there are steps every cat owner… Continue Reading