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Time and time again we’ve seen homeowners come to the same conclusion after discovering a rodent problem – it’s time to get a cat. Felines are natural hunters, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that introducing a cat to a home with a rodent problem will result in a few dead rats and mice. But as far as a cat being an end-all solution to your rodent problem, we’re still not convinced.

First off, not all cats have a strong drive to catch prey, because they know you will have food for them at the end of the day. Even if you do luck out with a natural hunter, your cat often won’t be able reach the areas where rodents make their nests. Your feline may have under the house and your attic covered, but if you have a rodent problem, the critters are likely in tight crawlspaces and in between your walls – spaces even the smallest cat can’t get through.

On the extremely outside chance that your rodent problem is contained to areas that are accessible to your cat and your cat actually enjoys hunting, this still is not an ideal or safe scenario for a domestic feline. Rats and mice carry diseases, as well as fleas and ticks that carry even more diseases. Exposing your cat to a rodent problem or infestation poses a significant risk to its health. Rodents also reproduce at an incredible rate, much too quickly for even a few cats to keep up with.

Lastly, a cat will not solve your rodent problem because even though a cat can kill rats and mice, it cannot address the source of the problem. In order to eradicate rodents from your home, you must first determine their entry point and effectively block it off. If you really want to get rid of rodents, you need to have a professional inspection performed by a pest control expert to determine the source of your problem, seal off the rodents’ point of entry, and remove the pests from your home. If you see any signs of a rodent problem, give us a call, and let your cat stick to simply being a family pet.

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