The Best Reason for Having a Cat

Margaret Michel By Margaret Michel, 12th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/aybb5hjb/
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Got a mice problem? If you live in the country, then a cat is a must-have.

Cats are Hunters

After years of owing dogs and being raised as a dog lover, I recently discovered that cats are great. I am now the reluctant cat lady. I am mother to five of these feline creatures, and they are wonderful, loving companions, and they make my day interesting from sun up to sun down.

But the best reason for owning a cat if you live in the country is that they kill things, especially those things you don't want around. They hunt and stalk their prey with precision, and they kill it. It's almost amusing how they dash and dart to anticipate their target's next move. They really have fun with the chase, but getting to eat their prize at the end is probably the best part for them.

Got Rats/Mice?

Get a cat. Cats love a good mouse or rat. I never have to worry about a pesky rodent in my house or in the sheds. Never have to worry about laying out rat traps or poisons. When we first moved to our house, I was busy picking up dead field mice and rats almost daily. I didn't have to worry about finding rat or mice droppings or creatures getting into my seeds or chew on things because they didn't live long enough with Connor and Kitty around.

Rabbits?

You bet. Have a garden? Trying to raise tender lettuce or spinach? Plagued by troublesome rabbits? Fear no more. Get a cat. My husband really loved the cats once they killed their first rabbit before it could get to his young plants. If he had his way, he would have tied up the cat by the garden. I had to remind him that they are cats and not dogs.

Snakes?

Yes, sir. Believe it or not. Connor, my diabetic cat, corned a snake just outside our house. I do believe that crazy cat would have tried to kill it. I had seen him crouched with his tail switching back and forth in a menacing tone. Interested to see what had his attention, I crept closer and jumped back with a scream when I saw that it was a rattler. It was a baby rattler, but poisonous and dangerous nonetheless. He had it cornered with no place to run. Imagine his pitiful wail as I ruined his fun. I scooped him up and ran to the house while the guys killed his plaything.

Birds? No!

On the other hand, cats do need some supervision. We have a bird feeder out in front of our house. It attracts birds all day long, and the cats find it interesting to watch the birds, but the minute I hear a squawk, I come running cause it means the cats have gone a hunting and birds are off limits. Unfortunately many birds are killed by cats and some of these are endangered birds.

Ending Thoughts

So country living can be peaceful and relaxing. But if you have problems with rats and rabbits and snakes, oh my! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) The simple answer is to get a cat. You'll never have to worry about these annoying little beasts again. But also be mindful of your cat and watch his actions to be sure he is not killing what he shouldn't be killing.

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Cats, Cats Hunt, Cats Kill, Country Living, Mice Problems

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author avatar Margaret Michel
Margaret Michel writes poetry and articles about life and the human experience. She's an English teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, and lives with 5 cats and a dog and loves football.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Jul 2014 (#)

I too live rurally and have five cats. All are spayed or neutered, they can come inside the house too but in the summer only two of them do (one is an old cat). Our cats get mice and gophers.

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author avatar Retired
12th Jul 2014 (#)

I had an outdoor cat that came with my country home, but Sam was not a mouser. He wouldn't get a mouse for nothin', never. Oh, well.

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author avatar Retired
12th Jul 2014 (#)

It's hard to resist the 'oh my' at the end of your list. Dorothy Gale would be pleased.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jul 2014 (#)

I love cats, had seven of them and three very large dogs when I loved in the foothills of the mountain.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading everyone! All my cats have been fixed and each one of them comes in and out whenever they want, but they all come in every night to sleep.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Jul 2014 (#)

dont own one but am a cat lover too and I enjoyed this post very much ...thank you

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, Margaret; from one cat lover to another - nicely done. I have a Russian Blue rescue who resembles an owl when he feels threatened and puts his ears back, as well as a 19 year old named Major Mouser and he still brings them home sometimes. Cats make wonderful pets. Thanks for the descriptions and how they can be useful to us. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Margaret Michel
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Awww....MarilynDavisatTIERS
Your Russian Blue sounds like a cutie!

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Jul 2014 (#)

We have four cats. Fat Boy who is 21 years old, Spooky Tooth, the cat in the bag, Miss Under Bush, and Crybe, the one sitting on my lap as I comment on your page...Each one recued by my wife and I. Cats are not like dogs, they are careful who they share their love with...Thank you so much for all of you visits to my page. You brighten my days.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, they are very careful, but once they do, it's a wonderful thing to behold! You're welcome!

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author avatar Jack Goblin
14th Jul 2014 (#)

And for reasons for having a cat, let us not forget the entertainment value! How can anyone be bored when cats, in those few moments they can spare from sleeping, eating, and grooming, generously cause havoc and disruption and topple things over with a crash? Cats! They're like a live-in demolition derby! :)

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, living with cats is an experience beyond all else!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Jul 2014 (#)

my friend Bob welcomes all strays into his garden and much loved are they. then Snoopy and Pinky still are around thank God...I love them much...

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, I have 5 cats that live with me, but I do have two that visit regularly to eat from time to time.

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author avatar Mariah
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Your cats are gorgeous Margaret and as you say, the added bonus is that they are also in-house assassins of unwanted 'guests'
I would love to have a cat in the house but as I was telling you before, my daughter's allergy stops me.
They are very affectionate clever creatures and so rewarding as pets.
Great post Margaret.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you, I'm lucky no one has allergies here!

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author avatar Retired
16th Jul 2014 (#)

As a cat lover/owner, I can relate to this. We have 2 Maine Coon/tabby cats, a brother and sister who were abandoned in a box on a roadside. Both make excellant hunters, taking care of the field mice/chipmunk problem we had here, but they're also very loving pets, too.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, cats are more loving than people give them credit for being.

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author avatar Etc.
4th Aug 2014 (#)

I love cats. (And I love your cat pictures.) We have a Sphynx that is definitely an inside cat (he would sunburn or freeze, depending). And, we had an outside cat, but Freddy has disappeared. That's the only thing about an outdoor kitty in the country, there are so many dangers out there. Our Freddy has had other scrapes (he was a hunter). I can only imagine he took on something he should have left alone.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

So sorry about Freddy, yes, there many dangers, but keeping my cats in would be hard on the ears and sanity.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Margaret, great article. I don't know much about cats because I'm allergic. I do think they are as cute as can be. I just read yesterday that there is an island that has cats everywhere.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, many places unfortunately have problems with feral cats since they reproduce so fast.

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author avatar Kanishk
13th Aug 2014 (#)

These cats are looking little dangerous. I like cute kittens very much specially white and brown with black eyes. .

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

They do look a little dangerous, but then these same cats will curl up in my lap and just purr to get pets.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
15th Aug 2014 (#)

I hope Peta is not reading this about all those mice and rats being mercilessly taken down by your cats. All I can say is your cats are doing a great job getting rid of those creatures. My friends' cats are completely spoilt brats; all they do is sit like regal statues in the windows :)
Enjoyed your article.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Joyce! Oh, I have one cat that never goes outside, she just lays around under foot all the time.

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