I just moved to a new place located next to a baseball field / church yard in Kern County. My 3-month old kitten just this morning brought two deer mice inside. They were both dead, I assumed he killed them as they had no rigor mortis. My husband scooped the first one up in a dustpan and threw it back in the field. I then discover later another one, behind the toilet in our bathroom. Since husband is at work, I don't want to get near it. I've shut the bathroom door until he comes home. My question is...how dangerous is this, not only to have the kitten hunting these rodents, but also bringing them inside - especially the dead one which will have to stay in the bathroom for several more hours? What kind of exposure risk do we have for something like Hantavirus...and also, is the kitten in serious danger by hunting these things? If the kitten was exposed, could we contract the virus from him? Should I take measures to stop him from hunting these animals? I read where the deer mouse is the most common rodent in Kern County, but also read that they are known to carry the virus.
Would anyone have any info. they could share with me on a professional level or be able to point me in the right direction?
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