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How do you eat a mouse?

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
I know this is a strange question...

I was just wondering how cats go about eating mice. I remember my 'owl pellet' lessons from grade school - but what about cats?

I ask because MK caught a shrew half the size of her head this morning!! :O (good girl!) and she always eats them face-first. Hubby made a good point when he asked me, how does she crunch up the teeth and everything?

Anyone know?

MK almost always eats her catches (unless she's giving it to someone ) and she never eats the stomach. We always know she's caught something though because she drags it out of the field and plays with it in front of the house until someone comes out & acknowledges her skills .
post #2 of 41
"How do you eat a mouse?"

I like mine lightly sauteed with onions and a hint of garlic.
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Sorry, couldn't resist. It was the first thing that came to mind when I saw your thread.

My cats eat their mice exactly as yours do... head first and "no, thanks" to the stomach. I'm thinking rodent teeth are small enough to be swallowed as is.
post #3 of 41
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My cats eat their mice exactly as yours do... head first and "no, thanks" to the stomach. I'm thinking rodent teeth are small enough to be swallowed as is.
Yes, our first family cat in the 80's (Ashlie) once ate a mouse like that and simply left the lower half. It was the first time I had seen something so primal; I was like 10 years old and was prety horrified. But now I know it's nature. (At 10 years old I would've guessed the opposite - that theyd eat everything and leave the head)
post #4 of 41
Head first and then sit there shaking their head with the tail hanging out. A few of them are obessed with that...

Sometimes they do skip the stomach, other times they just about swallow the whole thing whole.

I haven't given them much mice, I'd like to do whole prey sometime but it is to expensive with all my cats.
post #5 of 41
From what I've observed with farm cats, with mice they usually crunch, munch, and down the hatch whole. With larger prey they normally leave the stomach (or something....ewww).
post #6 of 41
Well, my snakes eat them whole

I've only offered small mice to the kitties, because of the "drag around the house" syndrome. So they get juvie mice that are a big mouthful. The bones on them are quite soft, so no crunching.

I've often wondered what they'd do with an adult one. hmmmmm.
post #7 of 41
mine either do the chunk out of middle or break the neck to start then some of the organs ... no heads , tails or feet eaten here
post #8 of 41
It depends. Sometimes whole, sometimes they leave the head, sometimes they very neatly leave the internal organs. Or even a tail. Whatever, it is ME who has to clean up after them!
post #9 of 41
This is an amazing thread! I guess I am too new to realize how many people out there are feeding their cats mice.
I do not think I can handle this
for you all!
post #10 of 41
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This is an amazing thread! I guess I am too new to realize how many people out there are feeding their cats mice.
I do not think I can handle this
for you all!
Many of the above are indoor/ outdoor cats Ie they catch and eat mice by themselves... Some do purchase online frozen mice to feed
post #11 of 41


This brings back memories of our indoor/outdoor cats we had when I was growing up. We'd often find dismembered rodents on the welcome mat...one of the kitties definitely had a thing for decapitation as well.
post #12 of 41
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... realize how many people out there are feeding their cats mice...
Yes our Miss Kitty is indoor/outdoor; she's a stray who adopted us, lived outside her entire life - we can't keep her in. Although it did snow today so she didn't get off the couch all day wimp!!

MK also catches shrews not mice, shrews are NASTY buggers (they bite back!!), in fact I rarely find mice that she's caught (other then the one that was in my sink...), it's just shrews! . I think she enjoys the challenge...

I doubt if I got her frozen ones that she'd eat them, that's not as much fun!

Did I mention I once stepped on half a dead mouse that Tasha had caught (or MK caught and gave her) in the middle of the night? I was asleep & checking on the toddler, didn't even realize what the 'squishy' thing I'd stepped on was until morning!! I thought it was a sock . Tasha had accidentally bitten into the stomach (and throw up everywhere) because she didn't know better, and left the body strewn about our bedroom. GROSS.
post #13 of 41
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Did I mention I once stepped on half a dead mouse that Tasha had caught (or MK caught and gave her) in the middle of the night? I was asleep & checking on the toddler, didn't even realize what the 'squishy' thing I'd stepped on was until morning!! I thought it was a sock . Tasha had accidentally bitten into the stomach (and throw up everywhere) because she didn't know better, and left the body strewn about our bedroom. GROSS.
NICE! I hope you had socks on that night.
post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
Well, my snakes eat them whole

I've only offered small mice to the kitties, because of the "drag around the house" syndrome. So they get juvie mice that are a big mouthful. The bones on them are quite soft, so no crunching.

I've often wondered what they'd do with an adult one. hmmmmm.
My son feeds baby rats to his snake, are these gassed frozen rodents ok/safe for cats to eat.
post #15 of 41
Brains, BRAIIINS!! *zombie voice*
No, really. I've been told they eat heads first because brains have so much protein and it's 'the best' part. I wondered this same thing when I was a kid and saw a cat eat mice and frogs head first.
post #16 of 41
I have seen cats eat mice but not Jake, and I've noticed they prefer the organs ...
And same with lions and tigers eating their prey, even though they may be a lot of muscle meat on an antelope they will eat the heart, lungs, kidney first...maybe because they are warmer.
post #17 of 41
Well there are just some things I prefer to not know about cats, and this tread, well yuck!
My mouser was named Taco, she didn't eat them, just tore their heads off and left guts all over. She was quite proud of her work though. Me who had to clean it up, not so much.
For those in the weight loss thread, take a wander over to this thread, pizza and snacks not looking too good now, are they!
post #18 of 41
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NICE! I hope you had socks on that night.
Not at all...
post #19 of 41
I have had one rodent in my house in 8 years. I didn't have the heart to kill him so I just left nature to take its course. a month later I found the dead mousie at the bottom of the steps, untouched. And cats walking past him. They had no interest in him at all. And I'm not sure they even killed him, because he was totally in one piece.
post #20 of 41
With fava beans and a nice Chianti?
post #21 of 41
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My son feeds baby rats to his snake, are these gassed frozen rodents ok/safe for cats to eat.
Sorry, I didn't see this till just now.

My rodents are euthanised the same way (for most of them anyways), and I was told it was safe to feed to the cats.
post #22 of 41
We have several size mice in our freezer for snakes and dragons. So I thought I would see what the cats would do with one of the smaller size mice.

I was quite shocked at how fast it was eaten. Pooh actually grabbed the pinky right up and I couldn't tell you if it was eaten head or tail first. It was gone that fast and there was nothing left.
post #23 of 41
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We have several size mice in our freezer for snakes and dragons. So I thought I would see what the cats would do with one of the smaller size mice.

I was quite shocked at how fast it was eaten. Pooh actually grabbed the pinky right up and I couldn't tell you if it was eaten head or tail first. It was gone that fast and there was nothing left.
I feed the smaller ones too..... nothing to chop up that way, nothing to drag around the house, etc.

Now you have something else you can feed Pooh
post #24 of 41
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I feed the smaller ones too..... nothing to chop up that way, nothing to drag around the house, etc.

Now you have something else you can feed Pooh
Huh, I hadn't thought of feeding smaller mice. I've actually been considering not replenishing the mice bin once it's empty, because I have to cut the mice into pieces (so the younger cats won't toss 'em around before eating them, and so the older cats will eat them at all) and lately, it's been causing me some problems. As in, nasty dreams, upset digestion, etc. I'll do a lot for my beloved furbabies, but deliberately giving my subconscious fodder for future nightmares, meh, not so much.

Smaller mice would be more expensive, but might tempt all five to stop putzing around and just eat. Thanks for the idea!
post #25 of 41
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post

Smaller mice would be more expensive, but might tempt all five to stop putzing around and just eat. Thanks for the idea!
I pay bout 30cents per pinkie mouse.... slightly more for pinkie rat. (But then I around in minimum quantity of 500's)

I find the mice pink is a bite size treat, as in they will fit the whole thing in their mouth, chew on it, and its gone. (no icky stomach contents as its just milk in there for the most part)...

The biggest I've tried is the fuzzy sized mouse (thats a 2 biter, and sometimes I have to cut it in half) but again, stomach contents aren't bad.

Do you have a pet store around you? Try a couple, then if it works for you, order them in the 500 quantity online. With 5 cats, you'd easily go through the 500 lot I would think.

I'm sure you already know this, but in the effort of education for others reading it: keep in mind that baby mice or rats, the bones are quite soft, not formed completely and I don't think it would count in the meat to bone ratio for raw feeders.
post #26 of 41
OMG this thread is crazy!!

Trout has never eaten a mouse! I think she would be scared of them

I had a bat once in the old apartment and she didn't even try to eat it..She just poked it with her paw
post #27 of 41
The Siamese mix I grew up with brought in the following presents over his lifetime:
* A decaptiated squirrel
* A rabbit weighing 2 pounds more than him
* A live, uninjured bat
* The contents of an entire nest of baby bunnies (that was a messy one)
* The mortal remains of my pet hamster Chum (during a sleepover party!)

Last week our new cat Rufus managed to catch a mouse in the house despite the fact that his previous owner had him declawed (Go Rufus!) I'd have been glad to let him eat it but he was more interested in playing with it and we were afraid that the mouse would get loose and die in the house, so we threw it outside. It was already in shock and froze to death. Didn't know declawed cats could still hunt. Go Rufus!

Thinking about it, mice must be the most nutritionally complete thing you could feed your cat--I mean, that's what they evolved to hunt and eat, right?
post #28 of 41
If I can get a mouse or other rodent away from a cat, I drown it. Then at least it dies quickly - I hate to see a cat play with a mouse as it dies slowly and in panic.
post #29 of 41
My old kitty ate mice all the time, head first. Lizzards were another favorite of his, though he liked more to play with their bodies than eat those ones. Although the worst time was when I found a little mouse that was vomited up in my bedroom, partially digested and all. Ewwwww.....
post #30 of 41
The stomache hey? My cat Smokey (RIP) would always leave one piece of the mouse for me. I never knew what it was, but that would make sense.

Now my question is why? Do they not like that part, or is it the best part & she was saving it for me?
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