I live in the country, in the woods. There is some farmland, however it is mostly woods. As a result there is a lot of wildlife here, it is normal to see deer in our yard eating our cedar trees or watch the pack of turkey run across our driveway. We also have a huge mole problem and we now have a small mouse problem. This is a concern because I have a total of 5 cats. 2 cats are great, they are cold, calculating, merciless killers who normally bring me 1-2 moles/mice a week. These cats are spoiled with canned cat food every night and as much dry cat food they want. These are my barn cats, they were born in a barn, have never known a warm house and are the best barn cats I could have ever wished for.
I also have 3 indoor cats that I have had for numerous years. These have never been outdoor cats, except my little tabby who we adopted from a rescue and probably lived outside. They live the life of luxury keeping the house safe from vicious birds that perch upon the birdfeeder by the window, sleeping in sunbeams and staying available for being disturbed. Until lately, the house cats' job was to be disturbed for my entertainment. Sleeping cat? Disturbed. Cold lap/toes and warm cat belly? Disturbed. Look lazy? Disturbed. Since we have moved in the country and we now have some mice that have taken residence, I figured the problem would be automatically solved.
How mistaken I was. These lazy indoor cats may attempt to chase gerbils that are in cages but they do nothing for mice in walls. Or mice chewing the dog food bag and stealing dog food. Or mice that steal pieces of toilet paper, napkins or tissues. Alas I finally broke down and bought mouse traps, despite having 3 (obviously not) mouse killers. I have now caught my third mouse within a week and am patiently awaiting a new catch. I have no idea how big of a problem I have, but am expecting the worst so I will continue my hunt. Which my lazy cats are not doing. Come spring, some can become indoor/outdoor cats and they can learn to earn their keep, they need to be schooled by the real killers I employ outside. Lazy cats.