Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308

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For serious mouse problems you can't go wrong with the Tin Cat Repeating Mouse Trap (Model M308). The Tin Cat Mouse Trap is a live-catch trap that is easy to use, catches up to 30 mice at a time, and requires no setting. Simply place the trap along a wall where mice like to travel and it is ready to go. Inquisitive mice will enter the trap, triggering a lever that will trap them in a holding area inside. They can get in, but there is no way out until you release them. Also available in Poly and Solid Top versions. Dimensions: 10.25" x 6.25" x 1.75".

Optional add-on: Many customers want the repeating catch capability of the Tin Cat but don't want to deal with live mice. In this case, we suggest that you also buy Tin Cat Glue Boards, which fit perfectly inside the Tin Cat. The mice will stick to the glue board and eventually die. The glue boards provide for easier disposal of the mice.

How to Use the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap (Video)

Tin Cats (MODEL - M308) have a very low profile (only 1.75 inches tall) allowing them to be placed in tight areas or under pallets. A clear lid on top of the trap allows easy viewing of your catch. Tin cats are perfect for the home or for larger areas such as farms, chicken houses, warehouses, etc.


Mice like to travel along walls and not across large open areas. Place the Tin Cat repeating mouse trap along a baseboard or in a corner. When the area to be controlled is large, the infestation is severe, or to increase the effectiveness of the traps, place several Tin Cats along the walls about 10-15 feet apart.

1. Place the Tin Cat trap lengthwise against wall or object with entrance holes nearest to that surface.

2. Use peanut butter or other typical mouse bait in the inside chamber to attract mice. (One customer put a dab at the top of the ramps and had great success!)

One very important thing to remember: it may take the mouse 1-2 weeks to become familiar enough with the tin cat, before it attempts to enter. At first the mouse may just go around the Tin Cat or run on top. However, once the mouse knows the trap isn’t going anywhere, it will be confident enough to go through the trap. Mice are very cautious about new things in their environment.

Tin Cat Features:
· No wind up required
· Fits where other traps won’t—only 1.75 inches high
· Lid opens lengthwise for easier service
· Entry housings can be removed for thorough cleaning
· Reduced alleyway beside housing to eliminate hiding place for mice
· Holds up to 30 mice
· Test holes in entry housing to check catch mechanism
· Clear lid M308 easier and quicker to inspect than solid top models
· May be used in FDA and USDA inspected plants
· Service record label packed inside each trap

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  • 24 of 31 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent garage/basement/outdoor low-maintenance trap!
    By Mark in Lafayette, IN on 08/08/2011

    We bought two of these a few years back before they had the see-thru windows, and they've been great... we put dry corn in them, which our mice apparently love. We can set them out & leave them for days at a time without checking, and when we come back, sometimes we've had as many as eight mice in a single trap! There's no point in relocating mice, they'll just find their way back and you'll have to keep relocating them over & over again, or else you'll have to keep relocating their kids & grandkids, etc. Best way to handle 'em is to drop the whole trap in a bucket of water, come back 15 min later & empty it into the trash. Mice are NOT "cute"... they carry disease and do millions of $$$ of property damage yearly, duh.

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  • 24 of 26 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Easiest and best trap so far!
    By Linda on 01/03/2007

    This Victor Tin Cat mouse trap really works great! I've been having mouse problems on and off and tried the single live trap; which worked fine in the beginning. Had to try other methods that I will never do again. I like to relocate them not kill them. Searched on the Internet and found this trap.  A couple of nights and I caught two mice. I've had it two weeks and caught and released 7 mice. For me giving them another chance is the way to go! Thank you this is a great product that has no mechanism that the mouse can trap himself into. I think this one is the easiest and best trap so far!

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  • 14 of 16 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Like the "live catch" option
    By T.r. on 01/04/2008

    I ordered two Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap live traps to get a family of field mice out of my garage! They worked quite well. The mice are gone - within a week I got all four of them. I sealed up a hole they were getting in - no evidence of any more. I liked that the traps gave me a "live catch" option.

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  • 13 of 13 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Caught 25 in 24 hours!
    By Deb on 05/10/2006

    Had a terrible mouse problem in my chicken house. I could not use chemicals, hate setting did build a better mousetrap.  Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap caught 25 in 24 hours.

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  • 12 of 13 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Caught the varmints
    By Nancy on 08/29/2006

    I have been trying to catch 2 mice in the house since November. I tried a lot of things.  I got the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap.  In 3 days it caught the little varmints, THANK YOU so much. My cats had a good meal. Now for the mice out back. Now for the rats in the out building.

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  Not satisfied
    By Cindy in Tyrone, GA on 04/11/2012
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    I bought three traps to use at a house I'm trying to get ready to rent. The first day I used them, I caught only one mouse. However, since then I have noticed that the bait is getting eaten and the mice are escaping. I know that mice have been in there because of the droppings they've left behind. I have tried several things to prevent escape, including covering the air holes with screen and covering over any possible exits. Nothing has worked. The only possible excape route is back through the way they came in.

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Victor Tin Cat Mouse Traps
    By Marshall in Pinckney, MI on 10/20/2011

    These traps are the greatest I have seen. Mice just love them. I do, too since I do nothing but empty the mice. The only problem I have encountered is occasionally a mouse will get under one of the ramps and die there. It makes that ramp useless until you clean it out. The other ramp still catches mice.

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Did the Trick!
    By Nan in Olathe, KS on 09/26/2011

    I ordered the victor tin cat mouse trap to catch mice in our barn and the first 2 days I got nothing. I was using chopped up nuts as bait. I then switched to cat kibbles and that did the trick. We don't like to kill anything so we take the traps and empty them into a field about a mile away. I would recommend this trap as it is so easy to use.

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Amazing
    By Brandy in Michigan on 08/25/2011
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    I thought we a couple mice that were outsmarting the store brand traps... I bought the tin cat traps and we cought 9.... Yuck!! Glad they are gone! These traps are amazing!

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap
    By Brian in Waldorf, MD on 05/29/2011
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    Prior to using the Tin Cat Mouse trap I was somewhat sceptical as to whether it would work. I had some field mice in my house that I wanted to remove without using the regular mousetraps. I was able to catch the mice with the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap and release them unharmed to the fields outside. Definitely would recommend the product, easy to use and clean.

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  • 8 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Great!
    By Noreen in Glen Mills, PA on 01/08/2011
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    It works!! At first I used peanut butter, then switched to crunched up in the shell peanuts. Now I just dump it out after I let the little cuties go.

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  It really worked!!!!!!
    By Ann in Niskayuna, New York on 12/10/2010
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    My Mouse Trap arrived and I set it up with some seeds and peanut butter. Within an hour the little cute field mouse arrived. Ate the peanut butter and seed and just looked at me, seemed mad, but I love the little window so you can see them. Well, brought him/her to a park and let him/her free, left a cup of seeds for him/her to get started making a new home. Reset the trap and have not seen another. Only one, that's a good thing. Great product, and it works!!!!!!

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  • 7 of 8 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Mouse trap
    By Maureen in Phelps, NY on 12/07/2010
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    I purchase the Victor Tin Cat and it worked like a charm. I caught three over the course of a few hours along with other individuals. I released a total of 8 mouse and I think one of them was a pregnant female because she was so round. I have had no signs of others so I think we are good for the season. I really like the clear top so I can see who is in there and it is easy to clean. The mice seem to be okay with it and looked around. I could also put a capful of water with the peanut butter so that they could hang out comfortably until they were released. Thanks for sending it so quickly. I will definitely recommend this product to others.

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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful:

    3 of 5 stars  Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap
    By Dennis in Visalia, Calif. on 11/11/2010
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    Well, just want to comment that the trap is of high quality build, and looks as if it belongs in a garage. As soon as I received the trap (10-27-2010 Approx), I baited it with peanut butter in the holding area of the trap. I made sure I placed the appropriate amounts of peanut butter, by the vents located in the traps holding area, to aid in the distrubution of food scent, to help attract and capture mice(s). It took about 2 weeks to catch a mouse (one). I believe the mouse was caught during the night, and I had discovered the mouse in the trap the following day around 1645 hrs. I always check the trap daily. Obviously once the mouse had made its way in the holding area of the trap, it did not escape. I believe the trap is of a good design for that reason. Once they're in they stay in! I would strongly suggest one who buys this style of trap should spend the few extra bucks to get the one, such as I have, that includes the see through window in the release door. Reason being wild mice are straight up looney tooney crazy! If you have to open the non see through release door version to check if you have caught a mouse, the mouse will not have be caught for long! They will jump out like a lightning bolt out of the box! The see through release door version makes checking the trap, very fast, and the ability to possitively check of a capture without opening the release door. I have refreshed the bait, and replaced the trap in the same location. I haven't caught another mouse as of yet, 11-10-2010. I do know however if one finds its way in, it will stay in.

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  • 9 of 11 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Great product!
    By Rhonda on 06/20/2005

    Thanks for following up!! This Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap is so awesome. We had several field mice come in when the weather got cold and they were so cute I did not want to hurt them. We caught 12 of them with Peanut Butter and took them back out to the field. THANKS!

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08/28/2010 Dave

QCan the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap be used for trapping lizards as well?
I have geckos/lizards all over the house, especially outside. I know they are good bug eaters, but I would prefer bugs over them. Please let me know if they can also be placed outside with the glue traps. Thanks

AThe Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap can be used outdoors with glue traps inside. They probably would not work very well to catch lizards, however. The lizard would need to go into the trap and weigh down the ramp and then enter the trap to be captured. A better choice would be to purchase glue boards such as the Catchmaster 72 MB that can simply be folded up to form a tunnel. If you have a situation where you need to have the glue boards enclosed, you could use the Protecta Pest Monitors. Protecta Pest Monitor is a reusable, plastic monitoring box used with Protecta MC Glue boards (sold separately). This trap has openings that allow everything from insects, lizards to mice to enter.

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05/13/2013 Sandra from Kathleen, Ga 31047

QHow do I test holes to entry housing to make sure the Victor Tin Cat is working properly?

AThis is complicated to explain via email but we will do our best. If you open the lid to the Victor Tin cat you will see the two mechanisms that are the "traps". The doors only work one way. As the mice enter the trap the lever acts as a see-saw. The inner lever goes down allowing them to enter the trap as the back lever lifts up from their weight not allow them to back up. Once inside the trap the lever goes back to the original position keeping the mice inside. you can test the lever with your fingers as if you are a mouse coming in. It doesn't snap on you, it will just change the position of the lever. If you need clearer information please call us 1-866-581-7378

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09/04/2014 Elizabeth from Pembroke

QMice don't trigger snap traps-- will the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap work?
I have been unsuccessful in using several varieties of snap traps as the mice lick them clean without triggering them-- even just tiny dabs of lure or peanut butter. I don't mind live trapping and wonder if this product may be the direction I need to go.

AYes, if you are wanting to go with a live trap then the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308 would be a good one to use.  Another option on a snap trap if you haven't tried already is the Revenge Press & Set Mouse Traps that has a bait well instead of a pedal and would be harder for them to just eat and run.

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08/18/2015 Charlene from Manchester, Michigan

QWill I ever get to a point where I'm not catching any more mice with the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308?
I am regularly catching mice with the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap purchased from you in April, at least 1 per day. The mice are full-grown. I have stuffed stainless steel wool into crevices where utilities enter the house, but am worried they are still finding a way in. The worst infestation is in my kitchen cupboards and under-sink area, which is where I put the trap. No food is stored there (I have a separate pantry for that, and I have not seen mice or mice droppings there). I do keep a covered compost jug under the sink and have continued to do that, thinking it will attract the mice, who then find the baited trap. Could I have had an infestation of 200+ mice? Any suggestions?


You should continue trapping with the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap as long as you still see mouse activity. We would suggest using multiple traps, but if you are happy with what you have so far, then you may continue with that plan. Mice breed quickly and do not require much food to thrive, so it is common to underestimate a population. Mice can fit through openings that are only 1/4" in diameter, so continuing to check for ways to exclude them is very important. You should remove any possible food source, including the compost bin, from the area where you have seen mouse activity. We would also recommend using bait in tamper-resistant bait stations around the perimeter of the home to prevent more outside populations from entering the structure. Our Rodent Baiting Kit contains 6 x stations and a 4 lb. pail of Gladiator bait blox that are excellent for both mice and rats. Please see our articles about Mouse Inspection and Mouse Treatment for more information and tips.

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07/27/2015 Djl from Garrison, Ny

QWhat poison product would you recommend for use in the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308?
Glue boards are too slow to kill. I prefer a fast-acting poison but also something relatively non-toxic other animals such as birds that may eat the remains. Is there such a thing?


Rat X is a very good rodenticide that is made from 100% natural ingredients. This can be used inside of the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap. Keep in mind that the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap is not suitable for outdoor use as it is not weatherproof and is not designed to secure bait from non-target animals. Indoors, there is no guarantee as to where the rodents will die. See our Mouse Control Guide for more information about baiting and exclusion.

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