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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All cats appear grey in the dark. - English Proverb

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

A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. - Arab Proverb

A girl with cotton stockings never sees a mouse. - American Proverb

A mouse never entrusts his life to only one hole. - Plautus

Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat. - Mark Twain

Dogs can't operate an MRI machine but cats can. - Unknown

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

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known. - Walt Disney

Mouse: An animal which strews its path with fainting women. - Ambrose Bierce

People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life. - Faith Resnick

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

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. - Steven Wright

There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat. - Wesley Bates

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

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

The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives. - Mark Twain

In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat. - Warren Eckstein

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

Sleep is like my cat. I can call him by his name, but he still won't come to me. - Shane Koyczan

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Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there. - Mortimer B Zuckerman

I love cats because I enjoy my home, and little by little they become its visible soul. - Jean Cocteau

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

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An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox. - Francois Truffaut

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When I hear of an 'equity' in a case like this, I am reminded of a blind man in a dark room - looking for a black cat - which isn't there. - Charles Bowen


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04-Jun-2020