Choosing a Pet-Safe Mouse Trap

Getting rid of a mouse in the house presents particular challenges for pet owners. Traditional spring-loaded bar mouse traps can catch a cat or dog paw as easily as a mouse, and pet rodents are at particular risk from any type of traps. Pet-safe mouse traps need to distinguish between pets and pests.

Glue Mouse Traps

While glue boards are less likely than spring traps to harm pets, cats and dogs may get a paw stuck in the adhesive, which can be painful to remove. If a pet gets its nose or mouth stuck in the glue while trying to free itself, the pet can suffocate. Glue traps can kill smaller pet rodents that get out of their cages. With pets in the house, glue traps should only be placed where pets can't get to them.

Live Mouse Traps

Live traps lure a mouse into an inescapable box, bucket or cage, for release outdoors. Larger pets are too big to trigger these mouse traps. Live traps are the safest option for households with gerbils, hamsters or other small rodents that may get out and be accidentally trapped, since the pets can be freed back into their cage. Check live traps frequently for both pets and mice, since trapped animals may die of dehydration or stress.

Poison Baits

Don't use poisons to get rid of mice with a pet in the house. Even if pets can't get into the poison bait, they may find the poisoned carcass if the mouse succumbs indoors. Pets may ingest poison playing with or eating the carcass.