Cats – Natural Born Rat Killers

by Poochu

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Message to adopted cat helps me keep my home and environment "rat-free".

Please do not declaw any cat or kitten for your selfish needs.

I seldom get an opportunity to photograph my cats with their prey.

Here are a couple of photos to prove my point.


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Cats - Natural Born Rat Killers

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Jul 30, 2011 Cats-Natural born rat killers.
by: Rudolph.A.furtado

Poochu, thanks for your innovation of installing "Rat restrictors" on drainage pipes.So i my house was not unique in having a "rat Plague" and seems the problem is endemic to Mumbai city, even in the plushest localities.Thanks to my tomcat matata and 'wire-Netting" fencing have managed to rid my house ofrat ingess. Have posted my article whose title was chosen by site owner Michael and is ,"The domestic cat is the best rat dterrent in India".check it out:-

Jul 30, 2011 ...
by: Poochu

Dear Rudolph, looking forward to your article on Matata.

I still remember my Father telling me how my Grandparents had installed metallic Cones on the Drain Pipes of their second floor Flat in South Bombay to prevent these evil rodents to climb any further.

The metallic cones made their attempt to climb over it futile and they fell down on the ground.

These Cones are still there, and the present occupants/owners are really happy.

The cats do the rest...

Jul 28, 2011 Cats - natural born rat killers.
by: Rudolph.A.furtado

Poochu, nice to read an article from a fellow Indian who understands the "Rat menace" in Indian city's with cats being natures natural pest controllers.I will be posting a seperate article demonstrating how i have made my tomcat matata into a "Rat watchkeeper" of my house in Mumbai.

Jul 28, 2011 ...Thanks
by: Poochu

As I sleep on the floor, any rodent infiltrating my room leads to a sleepless night.

These felines, have now, kept my Home free from rats for months.

The rat-extermination services provided by my adopted cats is what makes me love them even more.

Jul 28, 2011 Natural rat killers
by: Ruth

Hi Poochu, I love your very realistic photos and your way of looking at cats, that they are born to have a purpose in life.
In the natural pecking order of life cats have their place in that they kill rodents and without that happening we'd be over run in some parts of the world wouldn't we ?
I too wonder which is better for the cat Michael, a sanitized life of safety or the life they were born to live.
One thing for sure, if some people hadn't taken their natural lives totally away from them by keeping them strictly indoors always, declawing would never have been invented.

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Jul 28, 2011 Nice to see
by: Michael

Hi Poochu. Nice to hear from you again. Nice also to see how useful our cat companions can be.

This is the why the wildcat was domesticated in the first place some 9,000 years ago.

Domestic cats tend now to live in sanitized conditions. I wonder which is better for the cat?

Great photos by the way. Well done.

4 thoughts on “Cats – Natural Born Rat Killers”

  1. No rat problem where I live (Arizona), but we do have scorpions and mice come into our home from time to time (we live in a rural area). Our cats dispatch them very quickly. I would never think about taking their claws from them, although we do keep them trimmed. My mother in law has a declawed cat, and he just watched as a scorpion crawled by. One of my normal cats caught and ate it.

    • Cats were domesticated to be rat killers but there is some doubt now if a domestic cat is a good rat killer. A lot of cats are not good hunters. It depends on the individual cat. If you adopt a cat from a pound for the purpose of killing rats, I’d adopt a large ginger tabby cat that is random bred or semi-feral or stray cat.


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