Due to the mouse’s remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, and its ability to live commensally with humans, the mouse is one of the most successful mammals living on Earth. They can at times be harmful rodents, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damages and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces.
In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrements has been linked to Hantavirus.
The original motivation for the domestication of cats is thought to have been for their predation of mice and their relatives, the rats. Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators.