Have you ever wondered if one breed of cat is a better hunter than another? Some say females are more eager and successful mousers. I’ve also heard that calicos make the best barn cats. Well, the topic came up as I was writing my latest book, which means I quickly shift from writer to researcher. I thought you might be interested in what I learned.
Some believe that the Maine coon is the best hunter around—hands down. Here’s a list of some other cats that are thought to be good mousers. American Shorthair, Persian, Siamese, Manx, Burmese, Turkish Angora, Chartreux, Siberian, and Japanese Bobtail.
You might be surprised to find such a foo-foo cat as a Persian on this list. But I can tell you from firsthand experience that Persians can and will hunt. I had a silver-shaded Persian years ago. How I loved Crystal. I especially adored the fact that she was so sweet, persnickety, and classy—a real lady, until…One morning I woke up to find Crystal sitting next to my bed as proud as a cat could be with a dead mouse at her feet—an offering to her beloved people. No rodent ever tried to get into our house again, so I guess their was a fierce warrior inside that adorable Persian facade.
Here’s a good article on some of the best mousers. I especially like that they’ve included the history of some of the breeds and why they are good hunters and also the fact that the author includes tips for keeping your hunter-cat healthy. Yeah, if they’re eating rodents, you need to take special steps to keep them healthy and safe. https://catvills.com/best-mouser-cat-breeds/