Pets Against Pests: Pussy Pest Patrol And Other TAILS

pestcatPet pest patrol is nothing new. In fact, animals have been used to keep out and catch pests pretty much since the dawn of civilization. Ancient Egyptians would use cats to get rid of rodents from their grain stores; the ancient Chinese would even use ants to do the job, which sounds strange but really is true. But we digress…back to cats!

From ancient civilizations on in, people have been coming up with new and varied ways to use animals for pest control, even breeding domestic animals specifically for the purpose of hunting and killing pests. Apart from being great fun to have around, cats provide humans with a non-toxic method of pest control, which is a bonus, because it means there is no threat to people, other animals or plants.

In the UK’s West Yorkshire, a cat named Felix has become something of a celebrity. Her story has gone viral, not just because of her hard work hunting down pests at Huddersfield train station, but because she has done such a good job on it she has been promoted to Senior Pest Controller. This adorable moggy even wears a high visibility jacket and has her own name tag. Felix is just one example of the everyday animal heroes that work to keep our homes, businesses, and public facilities free of pests.

Although Felix has become an online sensation, she is not alone. For hundreds of years, felines have been employed by farmers, and earned their keep by controlling rodents that are a danger to their crops. And don’t forget that cats up and down the country are catching little gifts for their masters and dropping then for us on the kitchen mat.

So, can any old feline pet be a good pest patroller?

Well the answer is that pretty much any breed can make a valiant effort at catching and getting rid of mice if they are so inclined. Most moggies will chase a mouse if they can be bothered, but as I’m sure you know, most our furry friends are well pampered, and too well fed to give chase.

When it comes to finding a cat to provide a reliable pest control service in the UK or anywhere else for that matter, one who is pretty much guaranteed to remove pests from your home and keep them away, you will definitely have more luck if you get the right breed. Here are some of the best breeds for keeping rodents at bay.

  • Siberian
  • Siamese
  • Burmese
  • Manx
  • Turkish Angora
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Persian

All of these cats come from different parts of the world, but you can find them in almost any country. Just about every breed on this list can be found in the UK.