Marvin The Mouse Catching Cat

We have a mouser. A mouse catching cat. This bundle of black and white fur likes to catch mice. He’s not too fussed if he brings live or dead mice in the house. I, on the other hand are not.

I can deal with dead mice. Not to the extent that I can just pick them up by the tail and dispose of them. That’s really taking things a little too far but with a little toilet or lichen roll I can pick the dead ones up. Live mice on the other hand are a completely different kettle of fish. Marvin the mouse catching cat is not popular at all when he brings in live mice. But what can I do to stop this obsession he is currently going through.

Marvin joined our family in April along with his sister Millie. They are three years old, beautiful friendly cats. A friend asked if we could take them as someone she knew needed to rehome them due to a change in personal circumstances.

I’m a sucker for rehoming animals. Our other two cats were from the cat rescue as they had been abandoned as kittens. We also have rehomed numerous ex commercial hens too. My only questions are usually do they get on with kids, and other animals. Emma was unsure but would check and found find someone else to take them if they didn’t get on with our cats. My other question was had they been ‘snipped’?  This would have been the major reason not for us to take them. They’d both had the op so over the boarder to Wales they came.

We had a few issues for about a week. The main issue was with Millie. She is quite a small cat but was not a cat to be messed with during the first week living with us. Even her own brother got clouted around the ears a number of times. It’s also safe to say she knew how to hiss.

After about a week both sweet little Millie and Marvin the mouse catcher had settled in. Millie keeps her self to her self and won’t even eat with the others. She has her own food and water in another room and will happily keep herself away from the others on The Boy’s bed and doesn’t really mix with the others. If the others aren’t around she may come in th lounge but prefer to cuddle up on The Boy’s lap for fuss but lives Thd Girl picking her up for cuddles.

Marvin the mouse catcher however, now happily mixes with Bubbles and Squeaky. In fact I have to put the bowl of wet food in the middle of the floor so all three can eat together.  Unlike the other cats Marvin is a mouser. We live by a caravan park and they moved a couple of caravans about 8 weeks ago. Ever since Marvin the mouse catcher has been in his element.




He first brought us a ‘present’ on The Boy’s birthday. We joked that he had brought the boy a birthday gift. However, the gifts kept coming and the joke wore thin.

The highlight of Marvin’s actions came when at 2am one morning I was awoken by a loud clatter coming from the lounge. I went in to discover all four cats playing mixed doubles with s live mouse. There they were hitting the poor little thing backwards and forewords between them. I closed the door and went back to bed.

We’ve even had this happen.  On The Girl’s birthday Marvin the notes catching cat really showed Ghe Girl how special she was. In one day we had 3 dead mice, 2 live mice and a dead bird. Usually whether dead or alive the gifts are dropped by the cat flap. Lucky old me had the dead bird dropped the side of my bed.

Marvin the mouse catching cat now has a lovely blue collar with a bell on it. The collar seems to be working. However, right now the mice might be preferable to the constant jingle from the bell.

Do you have a mouse catching cat?

What do you do to stop being brought little gifts by your pets?



  1. 25th August 2015 / 8:25 am

    I’ve got a bird catcher. Somehow he can run with his chin on his chest so his bell doesn’t jangle, or maybe he’s faster than sound?!! Haha!
    I rather like having cats with bells on, it makes me think of Christmas 🙂

  2. 25th August 2015 / 8:29 am

    I’ve had birders before and crafty ones too that ended up needing 2 bells. My current little kitty, Ada, is a mouser. She likes to leave them in all sorts of hidey holes and I often find myself having to ‘sniff’ them out. Preferable to finding them under my pillow I can assure you!

    I don’t think you can stop them. Age will slow them down sometimes. Keeping them in at night is also an option, as it is prime hunting hours. I’d also try lots of toys and catnip.

  3. 25th August 2015 / 3:50 pm

    What an experience. We had a catcher once….. not mice but snakes and gekkos (in Nigeria) he was wonderful because he could keep the snakes occupied while we got the hoes and spades to dispatch them, the gekko tails were a necessary evil that we were happy to cope with just to have the help with the snakes. We have just got a kitty here in Malaysia – she will probably be a house kitty as we move so much but the house is full of gekkos so I suspect she will start hunting them soon…..

  4. 26th August 2015 / 9:32 pm

    We don’t have a cat and luckily the dog is not inclined to bring us ‘gifts’ a part from the odd tick 🙂 #AnimalTales

  5. Karen
    27th August 2015 / 6:32 pm

    My cats have both brought dead and live mice home. Dead are one thing, but live ones are totally another. We had a mice infestation after one was brought home and lost somewhere. Thankfully we managed to get rid of them! Eeek! #animaltales

  6. 28th August 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I have a bird catching cat, but all i ever find are feathers, feet and beak usually just outside the bedroom door

  7. 30th August 2015 / 7:54 am

    When we moved over to France we brought one can and whilst he’s a pretty good mouser he could not keep down all the mice that come free with a derelict French farm so we got more to give him a helping paw. Now we have 4 in total and they are all fabulous mousers … and Saari the dog is not averse to a bit of mouse catching either.

    Many thanks for joining in with #AnimalTales and Marvin’s mousing antics.

  8. 8th September 2016 / 9:09 pm

    We used to have a mouser, now he’s too old and can’t keep up! I don’t miss the live gifts at all!

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