Anyone who owns a cat will know just how much they love to bring you little furry presents that they have caught in the garden. Furthermore, cartoons and old wives tales have taught us that cats love to chase and kill mice, and therefore the majority of us might think that our homes are safe from mice if we simply have a cat.
However, all cats are different, and not only are some far better hunters that others, but some others are also simply scared by anything and will probably be more likely to run from the mouse than the other way round. Furthermore, mice can breed at an alarming rate, and should mice make their home in a location out of the cat’s reach, they can multiply far faster than a cat will later be able to catch them.
As such, a cat may help deal with a mice infestation, but it is certainly best not to rely on it. Furthermore, buying a cat just to deal with such a problem is a very myopic approach and unless you truly want to have a cat as a companion for many years, it will be far best to look at other options such as mouse traps.
There are other things to consider too. In many ways, cats are a crueller option when dispensing with rodents as they will often torture their prey through playing with them, and will almost always then leave a huge mousey mess around the house. As such, it may be more humane and even simply easier to deal with such problems if you opt for mice poison and traps instead of a ruthless feline killing machine.
Ultimately, cats may indeed chase mice, but it is not guaranteed and the results if they do so are not going to be pretty.