New Braunfels, Texas

Should You Use a Cat for Pest Control? February 11, 2019

New Braunfels, Comal
Should You Use a Cat for Pest Control?, New Braunfels, Texas

If you have a rodent problem, one of the traditional pest control solutions is to get a cat to hunt them. But with modern options available, this isn't the best approach. The guide below explains several reasons not to rely on Tiger to eliminate mice and rats.

Why Cats Aren't Effective Pest Control

Rodents Breed Fast

If you have an established rat or mouse population, they can almost certainly reproduce quicker than your cat can kill them. A single female mouse can have five to ten litters in a year. The average litter size is about six but can be almost twice that. Rats are similarly prolific.

Possibility of Injuries

In addition to outnumbering your cat, mice and rats also fight back when cornered. While one tiny mouse might not sound like a problem for your feline friend, a roof rat can be up to 18 inches long, with jaws trained for gnawing wood, and can easily cause harm.

Spread of Disease

Pest ControlOne of the reasons we call an exterminator for rodents in the first place is that they can carry a wide range of diseases, which your cat can contract by eating, biting, or simply touching them. In addition, if you or your neighbors are trying to poison the rodents, your cat may eat one with poison in its system and become severely ill or worse. Laying traps around the house can also cause injury if your pet were to accidentally spring one. Therefore, it’s best for the safety of all concerned to call in a professional.


Instead of using a cat for pest control, call All Service in New Braunfels, TX. Serving the Comal and Guadalupe county area including Seguin, San Marcos, and Schertz, this small local business believes in providing versatile and humane rodent and bug control. Visit their website to learn more about their offerings. Or to schedule a visit, call (830) 626-2847.

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