Bay reacts to Butterfly the cat.
Mice and cats can be kept in the same home as long as the mousery is 100% cat proof, 100% mouse proof, is out of easy reach of the cat and the cat had been trained to be respectful around the mice. To train a cat you say ‘no’ firmly every time the cat looks at the mice in any way hunterly. If the cat ignores you, then you shut her out of the room. Most cats want to be with their humans so much, they will soon learn not to bother the mice. Make sure you give the cat lots of praise and attention when they are being good.
Shut the door to the mouse room to exclude the cat when you are not there to supervise, only once the cat has been well behaved for a few months will it be safe to have the cat unsupervised in the room with the mousery. But for free run time, always have the cat shut out of the room. Even the best behaved cat can forget herself if a mouse is freely crawling right in front of her.
Many mice have an instinctive fear of cats, but most will learn with time not to fear the presence of the cat, they learn that they are safe in their cage and to ignore the cat.
Mice that are more nervous take longer to learn. Confident little Toby learned very quickly not to fear the cat, it took a little longer with Bay.
Toby’s behavior in this video is really interesting. It looks like he is upset with Bay’s behavior and is fussing over her in order to calm her down and make her go back to normal. If this is really what is happening, then it shows a mouse’s ability to empathize and to be comforting to a loved one. Toby is such an amazing little mouse
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