Since the beginning of “feline domestication”, cats have been rewarded for keeping pests out of homes, restaurants, and beyond. A question some people may wonder is if they can do this job outdoors as well. Most areas that are surrounded by lots of trees, creeks, and wildlife or desert areas like in Arizona have one thing in common: Snakes. Will a house cat keep snakes away from your home?
The Simple Answer Is Yes, but Not Always Yes
While most cats love to hunt and play, others are more passive and less likely to interact with mice, insects, birds, and yes, snakes. So how can a pet cat keep snakes away from your home?
Both cats and snakes hunt mice and larger insects. Because of this, the cat will be competing with the snakes directly, hunting and scaring off their food sources, which in turn means fewer snakes.
If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, they are still likely to spray even if fixed. The smell of the cat’s urine is not only displeasing to rodents and some bugs, but snakes don’t exactly care for it either. The strong ammonia in cat urine is enough to send most small animals packing!
We all know how much cats love ribbons and string. Well, what does a snake remind you of? While most cats won’t eat a snake, they will hunt, chase, and play with them. This can either lead to killing them, damaging them, or at the very least – scaring them away.
Have you admired a cat’s quick reflexes lately?
The bottom line is that cats do wonders for pest control. Just be sure if you allow your cat to roam the outdoors they have a collar with contact information, they are protected from fleas and ticks, have shelter from the heat and cold, and always have fresh water available. I advise bringing them in at night as well just to keep them safe from larger wildlife like dogs, stray cats, raccoons, and the like. Be sure to be very cautious if you live in an area with large hawks. They have been known to grab small cats and kittens.