I’ve been trying to find a way to monetize the pets. Heaven knows we spend a lot of money on them, so it would be nice to see a little ROI for all our TLC.

Then I heard several people complain lately about finding mice in their homes and it dawned on me: Rent-a-Cat. I’m not the first person to suggest renting cats, but this is an idea whose time has come. Why call Catseye when you can have a real cat’s eye on the job?

We’ve go three cats in our house who are up to the work. I figure $100 a week is fair. If you want more than one cat at a time we can talk. Here’s what’s in stock:

Maggie: A large calico with a bad attitude. This cat will not merely catch the mice but shred them into little to pieces. It may be difficult to confirm her kills if you have dogs. In my experience dogs are more likely to eat dismembered mice than whole mice.

Maeve: She may not be quick and agile, but she makes up for this with stealth. Maeve is adept at sitting perfectly still for long periods of time waiting for mice to come to her. Maeve can be baited to make her more attractive to mice by rubbing cheese or peanut butter on her head. Rodents find these scents irresistible and will walk right into her clutches.

Mia: Born on the mean streets of Schenectady, Mia combines youth and speed with a killer instinct. Because of her small size she can fit into the places where mice hide and ferret them out. We advise keeping food off your kitchen counter and the garbage can tightly sealed when using Mia.

Local delivery and pickup is free, but shipping is available. Cats arrive at your home in a day or two packed in a padded, vented container. Ask about our rent to own option.

50 thoughts on “Rent-a-Cat

  1. Farm and Tractor sell an electronic mouse trap, $19.95. Takes 4 AA batteries. One set of batteries is good for 40 kills. Don’t even have to touch the carcass. Open it up and dump ’em out. A little bit of peanut butter and your good to go. Got one in the shed out by the barn. Every once in awhile the little light on the unit is blinking. Scored again.

    1. I need a cat to catch a Rat not a mouse. I need a phone number to call to rent one for a week or how ever long it takes to catch it. Please

  2. Ron: How true. I have a dog poop post waiting in the wings, by the way.

    Roon: Good work on curing your rodent problem, but allow me to point out that this service isn’t really for the DIY crowd.

    I would never pay someone to cut my lawn or paint a room in my house, but there a lots of people who shell out good money for things we do by ourselves. Things like killing mice.

    I think we can agree that folks who save money by cutting their own hair aren’t going to pay for cat rental.

  3. But then what if the cat(s) won’t leave? Cats are crazy, and scary. So you’d need to rent a dog to chase it away. Then if the dog won’t leave, and it starts barking at you with its fangs and stuff, you have to rent another animal to chase IT away. Cue the ostrich, the one animal in nature that’ll REALLY freak a dog out. Except now you have this ostrich, and it’s really off-putting, so in comes the badger to chase it off because badgers just don’t give a crap. Now, badger problem. What chases off a badger? Very little, my friend.

    I don’t think you thought this through.

  4. That’s all we have in stock right now. This time of year mice aren’t a big problem, but cats are also good for catching flies and other insects.

  5. hahaha, this is hilarious! What a great idea. If you weren’t so far away from Il I would totally be tempted to rent one of your cats, we could use a good mouser ^_^

  6. I am in Pittsburgh I would like to rent a cat I have put mouse traps and glue
    traps around my house The Mouse goes around my traps
    I need to rent a cat

    1. guaranteed if you have seen one mouse you have more than one mouse! I have an infestation going on here in my mother’s old New York City apartment and they are so bald they run right across the floor while I’m sitting here watching TV with all the lights on they have no respect whatsoever! It gives me the creeps

      I catch them in mousetrap snap traps multiple times a day usually period and they just keep on coming I have been fantasising about getting a cat although I really am not a cat person and I always used to be allergic but if I could rent a cat for a few weeks if it would make a difference I would do it .

      These mice are clever! will lick the peanut butter clean off the metal bait trap!
      my new tag is sticky marshmallow that I really stick hard right in there into the teeth of the bait pan that’s been working ok.

      I read about this technique where you take a cheerio or a piece of dog kibble and put some hot glue on it and stick it onto the pan so it sticks and then when the mouse tries to eat the cheerio in take the cheerio it will set the trap off. seems kind of sneaky and I feel guilty tricking miles but I’ll tell you I have no guilt killing them at this point period I’m paying rent and they’re not!!!!

      anyone knows a cat rental service in New York City please let me know!

      Good luck Everyone!

      I once had a dog, a young stray that I took in — a Shepherd mix and every day when I would come home from work he would’ve killed a mouse! At the time I didn’t even know I had mice! He was good!

    1. Did u find one in NYC? i’m here and I need one.

      When you say “potty trained” you mean kitty litter trained right?
      Kitty litter is gross but I would love to have a cat to kill these mice!

  7. I have a very large mouse in my apt in Brooklyn. I live on the ground floor. I’m sure there is more. If you still rent out cats let me know!

  8. I would like to rent a male cat, if he gets the job done in two weeks I will adopt him if not just rent

  9. Great idea… do you think the animal society would put this idea down… I really hate cats but I thought I could get a couple good mouth sores and train them like the police train German shepherds It would be a money maker

  10. Is this a serious idea? I’d be interested in testing this out actually. Or is this just a clever way to get a cat-sitter to pay you?

  11. Hi my entire family are extremely afraid of mice/mouse. We
    Ve bought all types of things to get rid of the rodents. We dont want to own the cat but was hoping to rent one of them. Please help!!!!

    1. Hi — sorry, but we’re no longer renting. Good luck with the mice; maybe you know someone with a cat who could come and spend a few days. The cat, not the friend.

  12. Good Idea But $100 per week is Way Too Much. $100 A Month for EACH Cat would Bring MORE Business To You. That’s what the Big Pet Rental Sites Charge. They Provide Kitty Litter and Medical Check Ups Too. You have a Great Idea. Please Don’t Price Yourself Out Of Business.

  13. This is just what i need. Can we do the beginning if April? Don’t know which cat to choose.


  14. I ,too, have mice.
    Need a short term borrowing, in San Francisco.
    Maybe a week.
    I own a 5 room condo.
    I am allergic, but can suffer through this for good results.

  15. I’m in Wilmington Delaware I need some info on renting your cat. I’ve got a mouse problem. Thanks Peter.

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