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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18-Oct-2021