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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  • 31 of 39 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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  • 27 of 29 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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  • 18 of 18 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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  • 17 of 19 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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  • 15 of 16 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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  • 5 of 5 stars  Excellent
    By Arthur in dunn, nc on 06/02/2017

    Company and product are excellent..exactly what we needed.

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  • 1 of 5 stars  Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308
    By Meredith in Kalamazoo on 03/20/2017

    This product does not come with directions! I want to get rid of mice. I have no idea how to use this product and I can not find out to use this product on the website. It seems to me I spent money on a worthless product.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Thank you for your comments. We apologize for any confusion. The Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap is ready to use as it comes. The trap has 2 one-way doors which allow a mouse to enter the trap, but then not to exit. You simply make sure the lid is securely closed, then place the trap along pathways wear mice are likely to be travelling, such as in the center of a wall, so that the openings into the trap are closest to the wall. You can place a food attractant such as nut butter, cooked bacon, or chocolate inside the trap as an attractant. You can also use a Victor Tin Cat Glue Board inside the trap: Please feel to contact us anytime that you may have questions regarding a product or treatment. You may reach us via email, Live Chat, or telephone: We appreciate your feedback and your business!

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  • 3 of 5 stars  Still Waiting
    By Van in Hendersonville, NC on 02/14/2017

    Guess the mice are too smart. Haven't caught one yet. Have it baited with peanut butter and salami.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Thank you for your feedback! Be sure that you have placed traps along runways where you have observed rodent activity. You can also use a glue trap on top of the trap in case mice are going over the top instead of into the trap. Please let us know if you have further questions!

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  • 1 of 5 stars  Disappointed - does not work for escape artists
    By Sara in Iron River MI on 01/15/2017

    The first couple of days we used this we caught mice (4 nights, 2 mice each of the first 3 nights and then 1 mouse the 4th night) but since then the mice are getting in, eating the cracker left there and then leaving .... somehow! I have weighted down the top and covered the air vents with tape so they must be leaving the same way they got in. Do you have any suggestions? PLACEMENT is NOT THE PROBLEM as I did catch mice first few nights in same place.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Thank you for your comments! Weighing the cover is the first suggestion we would offer and generally the only way mice would be able to escape a live trap. If you have stations with a clear lid, there have been a few instances where particularly persistent mice have been able to chew through the clear lid. The only other possibility we have heard is that if the bait/food were placed just inside the trap door, then perhaps a mouse could start to enter the trap and reach the bait without walking off the ramp, before the one-way door closes completely. Using glue traps inside the trap is always a good idea to help insure that mice cannot escape the traps. Please let us know if we can further assist you!

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  • 1 of 5 stars  Didn't work for me...
    By Barbara in Los Angeles on 12/15/2016

    It didn't work for me, we ended up having to kill the mouse in order to get it out of the house.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Working So Far
    By Donna in CT on 12/11/2016

    In the two weeks since we've placed two traps in the basement, we've caught three mice. I know there are more down there, so I'm hoping we trap more. It's a big area, so I may purchase two more traps. I had been using traps that killed them, but I felt horrible about that. I'm much more content to drive these little creatures to the woods and set them free.

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  • 3 of 5 stars  Still waiting for first catch
    By Dave in Putnam County, NY on 07/15/2016

    Well built but mice do not seem interested in moving in with peanut butter bait that has worked in my snap traps. Will try Tomcat mouse bait gel next as its working in other "single seater" enclosure traps I have

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  do not buy
    By Nancy in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 02/02/2016

    I have not caught a single mouse despite the fact that there is evidence that there are move to be caught. This purchase was a waste of money.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Placement is extremely important with these traps. The traps should be placed in areas with high activity and they should be placed parallel with the wall. The openings should be nearest the wall so that mice treat the openings as a tunnel. While bait is not usually necessary with correct placement, trap shy rodents can be enticed to go inside if you put a little dab of food inside the trap. Please let us know if these tips were helpful! We want to make sure each customer is satisfied with every purchase from our store. We look forward to hearing back from you soon!

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  Disappointed!!!
    By Ivete in White Plains, New York on 10/14/2015

    We set the trap behind our garbage almost 2 weeks ago and we haven't caught anything yet....

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    We apologize you havenít received the expected results. There could potentially be a couple of things going on here. 1. Placement is not favorable to capture a mouse. Is the trap placed parallel against a wall or other vertical surface with the holes closest to the wall? 2. Are you positive you have mice? Juvenile rats are often mistaken for mice but they are actually too large to fit inside of these traps. And last, have you used any kind of bait to help entice the mice into the trap? We look forward to hearing back from you soon!

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent
    By Lucy in middleton. N.h. on 08/08/2015

    Excellent product, caught thee mice the first day and three more on three other days. Best trap that I have ever tried. Thank you so much.

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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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04/26/2016 Debra from Denver, Co

QWill the Tin Cat M308 catch Voles?


Since mice and voles are similar sizes It is possible for voles to be caught in†Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308†if they are placed in areas they come across and they go into the trap.

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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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06/07/2017 Jefferson from Odessa, Tx

QWhat bait do I use to catch mice in a Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308?


Popular attractants for mice on snap traps or in live traps such as the Victor Tin Cat Mouse Trap M308 include pet food, canned meat, bacon, nuts, cereal, peanut butter, or formulated attractants such as Provoke Mouse Attractant or Propest Rat and Mouse Lure. Rodent attractants typically do not contain major food allergens.

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