My friend texted me today, distressed because she had to mercy kill a mouse caught in a glue trap. NO GLUE TRAPS! So awful. And as cruel as a kitty cat can seem in the heat of the kill, it’s far more merciful a process than a mouse either starving to death on a glue trap or having its limbs get ripped off slowly as it struggles to break free.
I had two cats, not on a homestead, but they were fearsome mousers. So while it is the instinct of most cats to do the deed, taking proper care of your barn cat will ensure they do their jobs well. Take a lesson from Timber Creek Farm: