10 Things Smokey Wants You to Know About Mousing

Mousing

I’ve got him on the run!

  1. Don’t get in our way.
  2. Don’t help us.
  3. If you see the mouse, it’s okay to wake us up and show us where it was, no matter how much we grump. You may not see us do it, but we’ll return to that spot later when you’re asleep.
  4. Don’t use mousetraps. We’re inquisitive creatures, and our paws get stuck in them. Even the ones that claim to be cat-proof really aren’t.
  5. It’s important to get us toys to keep our skills up. Toys should include long teaser types, catnip mice, and catnip toys. That leads us to the next point.
  6. We love to be rewarded. This encourages us to keep catching mice.
  7. Scratching posts are good whether they’re made out of cardboard, rope, or bricks; it doesn’t matter. Just give us something to scratch our toes on. Believe it or not, our claws really help us catch the mice. And it goes without saying that you should never declaw us.
  8. Speaking of catching mice, squealing and putting your feet up on the furniture actually helps us. Don’t be afraid to do that. This keeps you out of our way.
  9. Don’t be alarmed if you find us torturing the mouse. This is how we kill it. We’re really not bloodthirsty or vicious. I promise it will end up dead even if it gets away at first. We’re persistent.
  10. If all else fails, get another feline.  With two cats in the house, you’ll have very few mice because they’ll smell both of us all over the house. We like to tag team.
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