Can Ragdoll Cats Hunt or Kill Mice and Rats?
There are some breeds of cats that are known to be an excellent mouse hunter, such as Persian, American Short Hair and Maine Coon. But how about Ragdolls? Do Ragdoll cats hunt mice/rats as well? To answer your question, let’s find out more about Ragdoll’s behavior.
Do Ragdoll Cats Hunt Mice/Rats?
Ragdoll is known as one of the most gentle cat breeds. It is very docile and sleeping on its owner’s lap is the cat’s favorite thing. However, don’t be surprised if you see a Ragdoll cat hunts and even kills a mouse. This is because cats are natural hunters. It is their natural instincts to catch mice, rats and even birds.
However, it is very uncommon to find Ragdolls hunting mice or rats. This cat breed prefers to laze around inside the house, especially if its owner is present. So, when you have a Ragdoll, you don’t have to worry that it is going to present you a disgusting dead mouse as an offering.
If you find your Ragdolls bring a dead mouse inside the house, there are many reasons for that besides their natural instincts. Firstly, it is possible that the cat learns to do it when it was still a kitten from its mother. Moreover, hunger also can lead the cat to hunt for prey. It is also possible that the cat simply loves hunting. Even though Ragdolls are not exactly known as mouse hunters, we cannot ignore the fact that different cats can have different characteristics even when they are from the same breed.
What to Do If Your Ragdolls Catch Rats
If there is a mice infestation inside your house, instead of getting a cat to get rid of them, you should call mice removal service. This is because rats and mice are very dirty and their body contains various diseases that can affect your cat if your cat comes in contact with the mice and rats. Instead of using your cat to catch mice, you actually should make sure it doesn’t go anywhere near the mice and rats.
As a Ragdoll owner, you are lucky because this cat breed doesn’t like hunting mouse. This cat can be very lazy and clumsy so don’t expect them to get rid of mice inside your house. However, if you find your Ragdoll start catching mice and rats, there are some things that you need to do.
Firstly, if the cat hunts the mice outside, then make sure you don’t give your cat access to go outside. Secondly, you need to remember that hunting mice is not a Ragdoll’s favorite pastime. So, if you find your Ragdoll start doing it, you must find out why the cat does it. If it is because your cat has sharper hunting instinct compared to most Ragdolls, then you need to provide another activity to shift its attention. Ragdolls love being pampered. So, sometimes all you need to do to take its attention is simply by putting the cat on your lap and play with it.
Domestic house should not be let hunting mouse. So, make sure you pay attention to your cat’s behavior to keep it free from diseases that mice and rats can bring.