Cat A Mom To Mice

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The Weller family of Cranbrook, B.C. awoke to find their cat nursing two mice - along with her seven week-old kittens. Irene Weller said one of her daughters found some baby mice in a nest in their home the previous day. “I didn’t want mice in the house,” Weller said. So the baby rodents were promptly taken outside.

But that morning, they saw their cat Patches nursing and caring for the mice as if they were part of her litter. “I don’t know where she found them,” Weller said. “But clearly she found them and brought them in instead of killing them.” It appears Patches is in a real maternal groove, as she’s actually feeding the mice.


At one point during the day the Weller kids were playing with the mice outside the den area. “Patches was upset they weren’t in the bed,” Weller said. “All she wanted to do was lick them. When we put them back in the bed, Patches calmed right down.”

However, if the cat doesn’t revert to her genetically programmed instincts, the mice may become part of the family. Regional wildlife biologist Bob Forbes said Patches’ behaviour isn’t uncommon among animals. “I’ve seen this kind of thing before,” Forbes said. “I’ve seen a dog nursing squirrels. I’ve seen documentation of lions nursing wildebeest calves.”

But there’s rarely a happy ending to such stories: the milk is not compatible so the animals being nursed won’t thrive. Eventually, the mother loses interest in the unusual offspring, which usually wander off and die.

A mouse trying to nurse off a cat? The kittens might have something to play with in a week...

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A meowing cat catches no mice. - Yiddish proverb

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Dogs have masters. Cats have staff. - Unknown

When the cat dies, the mice rejoice. - African saying

When the cat's away, the mice will play. - French Proverb

The mouse that fears the trap has already been trapped. - Marty Rubin

The kind man feeds his cat before sitting down to dinner. - Hebrew Proverb

That picture with Lon Chaney - "Of Mouse And Men." - Archie Bunker

Worry is today's mice nibbling on tomorrow's cheese. - Unknown

Women's clothes: never wear anything that panics the cat. - P.J. O'Rourke

If the cat sits long enough at the hole, it will catch the mouse. - Irish proverb

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. - Benjamin Franklin

A dog is a man's best friend. A cat is a cat's best friend. - Robert J Vogel

It was a great interview process. They were fighting like cats and dogs. - Donald Trump

The trouble with a kitten is that when it grows up, it's always a cat. - Ogden Nash

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you. - Mary Bly

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. - Garrison Keillor

It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice. - Deng Xiaoping

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. - Mark Twain

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Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back. - Will Rogers

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If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat. - Mark Twain

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The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. - Doug Larson

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Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly. - Andre Norton

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. - Charles Darwin

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein

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The moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween. - Unknown

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19-Jul-2018