How Many Cat's and Dog's to catch a Mouse


July 11, 2013, 01:56 AM
Took three cats and one long hair dachi to corner a field mouse. The chased to a vacuum cleaner and he was hold up there ' . I attempted to revmove the pest but he was not about to turn loos. Went and got my 9shot Daisy CO2 pistol, one shot and mose was done. Mama did,nt like if but the mouse has a new home. See I didn't need a 330 mag round to take him down. Glad to see them gone. This is as close to hunting that I get to do and hope that's the last one

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Texan Scott
July 11, 2013, 03:56 AM
Trapped one tonight, reset trap, second mouse set it off but escaped. Hung around too long after the snap and I got it with a 10-pump Crossman BB gun.

My wife was moderately impressed that I hit it just because it's "not a deer or something.... it's SMALL." Well, I coulda used 410 #6... :p

July 11, 2013, 04:14 AM
I don't think my dachshund ever showed an interest in catching mice. I'm kinda curious to see what he would do....

41 Mag
July 11, 2013, 04:17 AM
Took three cats and one long hair dachi to corner a field mouse. The chased to a vacuum cleaner and he was hold up there

With our cats, or especially the dog, that would have been one ruined vacuum cleaner for sure.

Ours cats bring in some rats that are close to possum sized once in a while. Problem is they want to bring them in the house to show off and play with. With the mice we just find a piece of tail or a leg laying out by the front door.

The dog, well he just loves a good rat killin, He don't eat them, but after a few shakes and several crunches, you wished he had of. :D

July 11, 2013, 11:43 AM
By my count, it takes:

A broom...


An American Bulldog bitch
A Great Dane/American Bulldog 'breed
One Carolina Dog
4 re-domesticated feral cats - One with only 17 toes
A wife with a small piece of plywood.

I won't get into the Willie-Coyote-Acme-rat-catcher schematic on this but the recipe seems right.

July 11, 2013, 12:08 PM
Want a challenge? Shoot field mice w/ a G17 from a moving tractor while bush hogging. Maybe not the safest endeavor, but fun. :D

July 11, 2013, 02:15 PM
Shadow my American Bull Terrier has caught 3 mice in the house............

Texan Scott
July 11, 2013, 03:20 PM
We have "outdoor" cats, too... ferals that get Big Fixed and rabies shots, and are hand tame and answer to names because we feed them. They never come in, they do as they please, and still suppliment their diet with birds and mice... last night, one of them FEASTED, cuz I dropped two dead mice on the porch. Great way to dispose of the bodies.

Texan Scott
July 11, 2013, 07:25 PM
Ugh. 3 now, again with the BB pump. May have to invest in a co2 pistol myself. Or burn down the house and start over....

Art Eatman
July 11, 2013, 09:44 PM
Raisins make a mousie's eyes bug out. Use one as bait in the mouse trap. Snap! See his eyes bug out?

Peanut butter works well, also.

July 11, 2013, 10:31 PM
Buddy of mine hated mice, and his place had lots of them. Problem was, John didn't care about damaging his own home, and he loved 22 rat shot...yes, the baseboards of his house looked somewhat "polka dotted"...

July 12, 2013, 11:44 AM
Had a mouse problem a few years ago. Snake got in the garage, in the walls, left a pile of white stuff in the corner, a shed skin wrapped around a box, and left.

No more mr. mices!

The Bushmaster
July 12, 2013, 12:39 PM
Tell ya what Limpingbear...I'll send ya a few mouses and ya can try dachshund on one or two...:evil:

41 Mag
July 12, 2013, 04:53 PM
Peanut butter works well, also.

Especially if you tie a bit of old ankle high hose around it so they can't lick it off. Then you get several with one bait. Most we got at the farm was 5 on the same piece. After the third I figured it had soaked up enough peanut oil from the butter and just kept wrapping the hose back around the trigger. I either ran out of mice or they decided they didn't like peanuts anymore.

Bacon will also hold really well. Just wrap a piece around the trigger and tie a piece of sewing thread around it. Then set it in the sun to dry on the trigger a day before you set the trap. It takes them a while to get it off as well. We were alternating between the two for a while. We've even caught plenty of rats on the bacon.

July 12, 2013, 05:29 PM
When I was having some problems in the garage and barn the exterminator recommended Peanut Butter, Tabasco Sauce and Potato Chips. Never tried the chips, but I can attest to the PN Butter and Tabasco working well. Something else he told me that was helpful was about placement. If you know there are mice, but you don't catch one at your trap location for 2 days, move the trap. Supposedly they kinda map out their paths and stick to them.

Redneck entertainment = sitting in the barn in a fold out chair with a lever action .22 loaded w/ #12 shot. Good Times!

Edit: Something worth mentioning: Even w/ the rat shot, I would never fire in the barn towards the house. It's a ways off and the rat shot can't go through the barn, but I still stuck to the rule. What if a regular LR cartridge got loaded in there... Just something to think about if 'rat-killin'.

July 12, 2013, 05:40 PM
We live in a semi rural area, snakes or mice which one ! My son had so many cats both in and outside but no mice or snakes either. Do away with mice and snakes don't come around looking for them. 1979-80 I brought home a short haired Dachshund, she turned out to be much better at keeping mice under control than any cat. Plus the dog was a great protector of my wife. I have a replica M16 that shoots 6mm plastic pellets, it will function in full auto, next mouse I see might have to go RAMBO on it.

Chevelle SS
July 12, 2013, 06:08 PM
I use a piece of hard dog food smothered with peanut butter.

Texan Scott
July 12, 2013, 06:26 PM
My tally in the last 48 hours is 5. All lured in and either trapped outright or shot with a BB gun, and all without rebaiting the trap. I'm using a tiny "sandwich" made of (now) rancid processed ham and stale bread, squashed, wrapped around, and tied to the trigger with thread.

This is what happens when I have too many days off in a row.

Texan Scott
July 12, 2013, 06:52 PM
The last one might've been a rat. Powerful big for a mouse. The trap broke its spine below the shoulders, and it GOT OUT of the trap and tried dragging itself off with just its front legs. Not a clean, quick, humane kill AT ALL, so I shot it with the BB rifle.

Entry from above, left of the spine, forward angle. The BB lodged VISIBLY (copper showing externally) in the sternum - weird, and most definitely a heart & lung shot. Lots of blood, all at once.

I have briefly considered using a heavier (though slower) lead pellet for better penetration, but decided against it because A) it's the biggest I've seen yet by far; steel bbs are more than adequate for most mice, and B) if a lead pellet remained IN a rat, I wouldn't want one of the cats to ingest it.

It's odd, this thread. I've never considered hunting ballistics on such a tiny scale before. I'm talking about shot placement and velocity vs bullet weight like we were hog hunting or something. :scrutiny:

If you find any marbles rolling around THR, I may have lost some...

July 13, 2013, 01:22 AM
Texan Scott: You should check out the British forums then. You will either realize you still have your marbles or will find plenty of spares rolling around to replenish yours with.
Limited land area plus very restrictive firearms rules has led to a complete sub culture dedicated to hunting rats with air rifles.
Home made & commercial digital night vision add ons for scopes, home made & commercial IR lamps, modifying flashlights to be long throw IR or visible red spot lights, commercial and home built tubed night vision, custom air rifles that cost more and have more gadgets that a tacticooled AR, thermal spotters, digital spotters, IR flood illumination, Laser spot illumination, home made digital scopes using electronic cross hair generators and a CCTV camera, etc, etc, etc.

July 13, 2013, 03:59 PM
Funny as my Greyhound was flinging a rat about 25ft in the air this morning.. My wife was not amused by the rats acrobatics while taking flying lessons... The next one will have to work on its landings better than that one thou...:evil:

July 14, 2013, 01:41 PM
My wife was not amused by the rats acrobatics

If the aerial performance upset your wife then she would most likely not be happy with a technique I used years ago. Place I lived was way way out in the middle of no where, we had a mixture of Mice and a few Rats (bigger than my cat) . I used a Neon transformer (15,000 V / 30ma) sitting on a sheet metal plate, with a piece of 12ga solid copper wire attached to one end of the output terminal. The wire was stiff enough to keep it from drooping down and shorting out on the sheet metal plate, and served as a perfect attachment point for bait. One thing I learned is Mice/Rats are very greedy, placed a few smaller pieces of bait around the trap, and one large piece on the 12ga wire. Guess which one the Mice/Rats went for. When the critter stood on sheet metal plate and stood on hind legs to get the bait it was all over. Where I placed the trap was away from where kids or pets could get to it, and if your watching TV or listening to music you knew when something was in trap due to the static it generated. Wife and kids would not allow me to set it up a second time. But I still liked to let my Dachshunds do the job my lazy cat would or could not do.

July 14, 2013, 02:11 PM
The new plastic tomcat traps are worthless, use the old school victor traps. Also use glue traps, moving all around every few days. Poison pellets help if you're being overrun.

Ask me how I know, ug.

July 14, 2013, 04:58 PM
If the aerial performance upset your wife then she would most likely not be happy with a technique I used years ago.

I like the technique thou!!

But I still liked to let my Dachshunds do the job my lazy cat would or could not do.

Yeah my Barn cat either went into retirement or there are just too many of them storming my Feed Room for her... The dogs will take em out if they find them on open ground.

Art Eatman
July 14, 2013, 07:18 PM
Moth balls in the attic and under the house will keep out mice and squirrels. They evaporate, though, and need periodic replacement.

Dunno what you do with the rest of the moth, though. (And pity the poor Naugas.)

July 14, 2013, 07:58 PM
Dunno what you do with the rest of the moth
Read this and had soda coming out the nose. Heck of a note, grown men having to resort to all these tactics to get rid of mice.
This is what happens when I have too many days off in a row
I too have way too much time on my hands, but guess this something to keep us off the streets at night.

Fred in Wisc
July 15, 2013, 03:34 PM

What would you recommend as a minimum caliber for Nauga? I bought a Nauga hyde a while back and it was about 5 feet wide and 30 feet long.

Definitely thinking dangerous game caliber there.

Art Eatman
July 15, 2013, 06:42 PM
Thutty-ought six, of course.

From an air-cooled Browning.


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