Can Cats Die From Eating Rats?

Cats are known for their nonchalant character. They do not interact with humans that much. In fact, they will not interact with any cats if they do not have to. Most people who decide to keep cats in their homes and as pets prefer this quality of cats being calm and chill. They do not tend to jump around that much and will lie in one position for most of their time. They are most likely to be sleeping all day long unlike dogs. Dogs also crave affection and attention but cats are fine without them.

Since the cat is not a playful creature, it will be very rare that you find them chasing after something, especially after they are adult cats and not baby cats anymore. They will prey on things they think are worthy of preying on. It is unlikely, though, that they find anything worthy of their time, enough to get them to get off their comfortable spot and chase the thing. Baby cats will chase just about anything that moves. They will chase fluff and laser lights, but once they grow up, they will grow tired of these and resort to living life in a corner.

Why Cats Love Catching a rat

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When it comes to rats, this is one of the preys that was being referred to before. It is quite often that you will see a cat chasing a mouse. You will see the mouse trying to get away and the cat not letting the poor mouse go. This may just be their form of entertainment. They might like seeing the mouse trying to get away and having that power over the little creatures. This might be one of the cases where a cat might be having fun catching mice. 

However, there are other reasons for a cat to be holding on to a mouse or trying to grab a mouse. It might be looking to eat the mouse after it is done playing with it. This may not always be the case, but this is the case for many stray cats. This may not be the case for indoor cats or cats that you keep as your pets. If you feed them well, it is very unlikely that they will go after a dirty mouse just to eat it. However, it’s a given that a cat should be well fed to avoid that kind of situation.

If the cat is indoors and the mouse is found indoors then this is obviously a problem for you, for starters. Because why are mice roaming around in your house, it is important to keep your premises clean and neat to make sure the cat is not eating anything that it is not supposed to be eating. But if you have laid down poison for an infestation in your house, this can be an even dangerous situation for the cat. If the rat has eaten poison and is roaming around openly in the clear eye line of your cat, your cat might try to grab it and try to eat it. This can literally lead to the cat’s demise.

Will a poisoned rat kill a cat?

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When a cat is eating a rat that has been poisoned, it will never know that it is eating a poisoned rat. When the rat has been poisoned, the rat will likely go about its business for a few days. The poison will not work immediately. It will slowly start to work inside the rat’s body. The cat will not realize this. While the rat is poisoned and roaming and gets caught by the cat, the cat will begin to experience secondary toxicity. It will slowly get poisoned as well because the poison will pass along the food chain. Your cat will likely get very sick and in severe cases, the cat might also die.

To prevent this, you must keep your cat well-fed, but more talk on this later.

Primary toxicity is also a very common way that your cat may get toxins in its system. For example, if a cat is too hungry or simply just curious, it will get into the rat poison that you have laid out for the rat. This primary toxicity will ultimately lead to the cat’s simple but untimely demise.

Symptoms of the cat being poisoned

Some symptoms will be quite evident when talking about a cat being poisoned. It will begin to lose its appetite and you will find that its food bowl is left quite untouched. The cat will also begin to experience some sort of muscle tremors or seizures. Its body will begin to lightly vibrate for no apparent reason. The lack of evidence is even more worrying, when it does not show any symptoms, it may be dying a slow and painful death and you may never know.

How to prevent the cats

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There are some ways in which you can prevent secondary poisoning within your cat. Keep your house neat and tidy, if you find that your house is experiencing an infestation, be very hasty to call an exterminator and get rid of the rodents at once. Do not delay this process. Leaving poison out might be good for one or two rats, but remember if there are two rats, it is very likely that there are more, an exterminator is your best and most reliable option if you are trying to get rid of rats.

Make sure that you seal any entryways that are within your house, that could act as an entrance for rats and any other kinds of rodents.

It is also important that you do not use any rodenticides for the rats that are too poisonous. Do your research and find rat killers that will not end up killing your cat, if she happens upon a rat that is poisoned.


Keeping your cat safe should be your number one priority and killing or getting rid of the rats in your house should always come second.

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