Sokoine University of Agriculture

Effectiveness of the Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus) Urine Extracts Odour against Commensal Rodents

Show simple item record Mulungu, L. S. Ngowo, V. Mdangi, M. E. Magadula, A. J. J. Kapingu, M. Mbukwa, E. Mgina, C. A. Mwatawala, M. W. Kichuki, M. Mwakalobo, A. S. Mgode, G. F. 2020-06-02T11:11:30Z 2020-06-02T11:11:30Z 2017
dc.description Huria Journal V.24(2), July 2017, pg. 110-121 en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of an extract of cat urine odour as a repellant of commensal rodents in houses. Cat urine was drawn and stored frozen in universal bottles at -20 0 C until use. The stored cat urine was then thawed and mixed with maize starch to form a thick dough and then granulated and dried at room temperature before being packed in a hermetically closed jar. Initially, rodent foot marks on tracking soot coat tiles were used to estimate the rat population before the cat urine extracts application. Twenty households with high and low rodent activities were selected purposively in the study area. Ten houses were treated with the urine extracts and ten others were kept untreated (control). Both treated and untreated houses were categorized at two levels (i.e. low and high rodent activities) as determined by the tracking tile foot prints. One tracking tile was placed in each of the selected houses and rodent foot marks were counted. Collected data were subjected to analysis of variance and the results showed a significant difference in rodent activities which however, depended on the sex of the cat that donated the urine base. Female cat urine extract repelled significantly more commensal rodents as compared to male cat urine extract. The repellent effect was observed from day 1 to 4; but not beyond. Our findings suggest that cat urine odour has the potential to repel commensal rodent pest species; with female cat urine being more effective than male cat urine. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Huria Journal en_US
dc.subject Commensal rodents en_US
dc.subject Domestic properties en_US
dc.subject Rodenticides en_US
dc.subject Crop losses en_US
dc.subject Odours en_US
dc.subject Repellants en_US
dc.subject Cat urine extract en_US
dc.title Effectiveness of the Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus) Urine Extracts Odour against Commensal Rodents en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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