I love that she's awesome with my kids and pup. She's four, fixed and absolutely lovable. Here's the problem...I got her because the mice were making fun of me and I can't catch them with ANY of the traps I've set. (Poison, sticky traps, snap-traps....they just poop on them and around them.) She is NOT interested in mice at all. She loves to be petted and she loves to sleep. She's not fat, so it's not that she can't move. I've tried keeping the food away from her...she finds it or eats the dog food. Any suggestions?
Does she play with other things? If she just isn't interested in chasing anything, then you won't be able to convince her to chase mice either. Some cats just don't. I had 2 cats when I lived with my Mom and Nikita was a great mouser and Stormy never lifted a paw to help. The kittens I have now haven't had the chance because I solved my mouse problem before I got them. Although the mice were the reason I wanted another cat in the first place. I used a trap called a "mice cube" that I got at Wal-Mart.It's a clear plastic cube and they go in and can't get out until you tip it the right way. They cost about $1.50 each. I used a piece of reese's peanut butter cup in the trap. They love that! Then you have to take the trap at least a mile away and dump the mouse out so it won't find it's way back. It was hard for me to do, but I just stuck it in a bag and stopped on my way to work. I can handle dead ones if a cat does it, that's nature. But I couldn't stand killing them so I had to do live traps. Then I used builder's foam around all my pipes because that's where they were coming in. No more mice! I'm glad your kitty has other good qualities though. :)
*sheepish look* sorry. I forgot I posted on here. About week ago she finally caught a mouse. I had to kill it for her, and a couple hours later dispose of it, too, but at least she caught it. In fact, she's caught two that I know of. (The second one got away d/t my husband and a coffee cup....LONG story!) She's playing with the dog now. She still does extremely well with the kids. She comes at night when they cry and tries to help with them. It actually works, too! =o) I got a Momma Cat.