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    Default are female cats really better mousers?

    Wondering is the ladies are really better mousers



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    Not in my experience...I've had good killers in both sexes.



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    My best hunters have been toms.



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    My male is much better at catching and eating. His girlfriend catches one every now and then. He takes hers too! Eats them whole like a snake - grooooooossssssssss!



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    My experience has been that the females are better mousers than the males.



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    How about long haired (Maine coon) vs short haired?



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    I currently have 3 girls and 2 boys.

    Boys win hands down.



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    Over the years I've noticed that my female cats have always outmoused the average male cat. Like 4 to 1. However...I have had a few good hunting male cats too.
    But only a few. I have photos of a couple of my past and present male cats with birds actually landing on them and yanking out tufts of hair for their nests while the cat sleeps. Have never had that happen with a female cat.
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    Default I've had

    I've had good females and I've had good males. Right now I have one of each who don't mouse at all and two males who do. Go figure.
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    Had 1 good female mouser...added 2 males...they haven't attempted to do anything except wait for food...now female has gotten lazy and stop mousing too!
    our males are lazy, fat men!



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    Our best is a calico female, but her two sons (accident before spay) are hell on wheels when it comes to mice. She taught them well . Next would be two tabby females and a black and white tom, barn cat. Everyone here is sputered so they mostly hunt for sport but all do a fair job.



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    LMAO..."sputered." I like it, covers both genders and funny.
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    Have had really good hunters of both varieties. The three current females range from voracious to halfhearted, and there are always little gifts scattered about, which the yellow lab loves! Extra treats! Whoopeee!
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    Females

    Think of their ancestors, the lions! The males don't do squat, the females hunt!

    Although there are no absolutes! I have had my share of females that weren't interested in hunting very much. But a real good male hunter? Nah. The best ones have always been females. Those ones even brought back hares! Those things were sometimes almost as big as the cats!
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    My female blue heeler is a better mouser than ANY cat
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    They all hunt here, males and females alike. They are all decendants of a formerly wild cat owned by a friend, and that cat is a killing machine. I have one neutered tom that specialisze in larger game - gophers and up, even brought home a duck one time, another that goes after anything but birds (poor guy got chased by robins and swallows), a fairly wild female that specializes in 'blackbirds' and the rest do mice and rats. They all have a territory staked out on the yard and someone brings me presents, I know who it isn't, and suspect it is one of the entire toms (they are wild, and two don't even belong here but moved in). I had always suspected it was because their mothers taught them to hunt, but that was dispelled by the orphaned female in the house - she made her first kill even before she had adult teeth, and was to young for her crazy mother to have taught her to hunt. Her partner in crime USED to hunt but he gave it up long ago, and wasn't a super hunter to begin with. The one that amazes me is my gopher hunter - he will watch mice, but lie patiently by a gopher hole for hours, and the minute that head is out of the hole, it is another dead gopher; his hunting days are numbered as he got all the Richardson Ground Squirrels and, even as fast as he is, he cannot nab the 13 lined ground squirrel. My best hunters have been toms, neutered and otherwise, going back to when I was a kid - we had an old tom around here for years (days before people neutered cats) and he was another killing machine. His successor was a female who preferred to hunt for an easier way of life and she found it, had to been 12ish or so when she died.
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    IME....yes.
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    I've seen my boy be a theif when my girl caught a mouse. It does seem that the girls are voracious with their mouse eating appetites. They all seem to enjoy the taste of mouse despite a high quality diet at home. But then you have to keep them wormed. One of my girls was at the door with a mouse asking to come int he house. I said, "not with that mouse, you are not coming in." So as soon as I said that she stayed at the door and ate the mouse whole. It was a real gross out, but it's their reward for a good hunt and that's what I want, a good mouser, gross or not.

    At my barn, I was overrun with mice, they were jumping up at me in the feed bins, oh, it was awful. I now have a lot of cats and no mice, haven't seen a mouse in well over a year. I was afraid to put out poison because my friend put out the green pellets and found them in a pile in her horse's stall. Imagine if she didn't use the colorful type poison and never saw it.

    Quote Originally Posted by abbydp View Post
    My male is much better at catching and eating. His girlfriend catches one every now and then. He takes hers too! Eats them whole like a snake - grooooooossssssssss!



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    http://www.forgottencats.org/index.php I have a thread in here about free cats in the Delaware area. If anyone is looking for another barn cat or just want to keep a cat outside at home you can adopt a feral cat that will probably be a great mouser. They require 3 weeks of confinement with shelter and then be released and provide food, water and shelter. They are part of a T/N/R program. They have friendly cats for homes too, not free though but cheap and ready for adoption. ALL SPAYED OR NEUTERED, shots UTD, flea treated and fostered in people's homes.



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