can my cat eat a mouse

  • Mochi
  • January 15, 2024

Yes, cats are natural hunters, and eating mice is a common behavior. While it's instinctive, there are risks.
Wild mice may carry diseases or parasites harmful to cats. Ensure your cat is vaccinated and dewormed. If offering mice, make sure they're from a safe source. Cooking mice before feeding reduces potential health risks. Monitor for any adverse reactions and consult your vet for guidance.

Natural instinct
It's natural for cats to hunt and eat rodents. Their instinctual behavior drives them to do so.

Potential risks
Mice can carry several parasites and diseases harmful to cats, including:
Roundworms and tapeworms, These can cause weight loss, diarrhea, and anemia.
Toxoplasmosis, This can cause flu-like symptoms in cats and birth defects in pregnant cats.
Hantavirus, This can cause severe respiratory illness in humans and cats.
Bones and other hard parts of the mouse can cause digestive problems like choking or intestinal blockages.

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