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UK Parliament Rejects Cat Mouser — 10 Comments

  1. Maybe just as well no cats will be working at Parliament as the MPs long tedious debates would probably bore them so much they’d curl up and go to sleep and catch no rodents at all
    lol lol
    Especially the Lords 😉

    • The Lords should be closed. Total waste of taxpayers money. Toffs gravy train. I can really see a cat or two in Parliament though. They’d help to make the place more human and give it some soul. They also might remind the MPs to think of the welfare of animals a bit more.

  2. I have had cats that are very good rat catchers and cats that were not.I have a little chiwennie dog that is a good rat catcher too. Maybe they should get a dog.

  3. It’s true that some cats have a stronger predatory drive than others. Something which clearly isn’t understood by a gentleman in that video clip. Whilst Anne McIntosh was trying to speak, someone in the background kept commenting on the fact that there is already a cat at no. 10 which hasn’t solved the problem.

    They’ve obviously forgotten that David Cameron’s cat Larry was sacked from his role as “Chief Mouser to the Cabinet” because it was 6 months before he caught a single mouse and he displayed no real interest in hunting. George Osborne’s cat Freya, now has the job of patrolling nos. 10, 11 & 12 Downing Street.

    • Thanks Michele for the info. It is all about the individual cat. Domestic cats though have probably become less and less adept at hunting because their lives have become more soft. Domestic cats are becoming more domesticated which seems to mean more like cuddly plush toys. I am sure the cats in Britain in Victorian times were better hunters.

      There is the important preventative factor too. The presence of a cat should deter mice I’d have thought.

  4. If you think that cats make good rodent control, think again.

    Your myth about cats being good rodent control has been disproved on every island where cats were imported to take care of the imported rodents. Hundreds of years later and there’s nothing but a thriving population of cats and rodents — all the native wildlife on those islands now either extinct or on the brink of extinction — even those native species which are better rodent predators than cats (such as many reptiles and shrews which destroy rodents right in their nests), the cats having destroyed them directly or indirectly. And I bet you…

    ……………..remainder deleted because he insults people.

    • Well it is well documented that the primary prey of the domestic and feral cat is rodents. Also there is the deterrent element. The presence of a cat will deter the presence of mice.

      Don’t respond unless you can do it politely.

      • “Remainder deleted” ONLY because it proves you DEAD WRONG. That’s not the first nor the last time you’ll stuck your head up your phenomenally useless and ignorant ass. Must remain blissfully ignorant!! Mustn’t one! Poke your own eyes out some more, that’ll help you to stop spreading your typical misinformation, deceptions, and lies — that you do so well all your life. You are the laughingstock of the world today.

      • Michael: according to the Guinness Book of World Records;

        “The most prolific mouser is a female tortoiseshell cat named Towser (b. 21 April 1963), owned by Glenturret Distillery Ltd near Crieff, Perth and Kinross, UK that notched up an estimated 28,899 mice. She averaged three mice per day until her death on 20 March 1987.”

        Maybe if Parliament had a couple of Towsers the rodent problem would soon be resolved.

        Or maybe the “honourable” gentlemen are concerned they may become the prey if the cats prefer catching rats instead of mice 😉

        • That is a very clever last sentence. I liked that. I think Towser disproves Woody’s theory that cats are poor mousers. Some are poor but some are very active and successful hunters. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home would hopefully have been able to select the best in their care.

          In typical fashion MPs are generally going to prefer dogs I suspect. They are probably scared of cats and don’t understand them.

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