Cats are like kids. When it’s quiet they are up to something. Or sleeping.
I count noses every night before we go to bed. I want to be sure all the cats are in the house. No one is allowed in the screened porch overnight. Or locked in a closet!
Sometimes it’s easy peasy as they are all watching TV with us. Sometimes we have to search high and low. We had one of those “high and low” experiences last week.
Every cat has their “usual” spots. Morgan was in none of hers. Earlier the beloved husband had spotted her lying in the cat litter room in the basement. It made no sense to me. The room is the size of a walk-in closet with storage. If she wants the coolness of the basement, she usually sleeps on a chair in the finished room.
I went to check on her when I noticed something dark and small. I thought someone had taken a toy mice downstairs. That’s not unusual. What was unusual was that this mouse ran around. By itself. Without a battery. Morgan had found a friend in the house.
Argh. I had to catch the mouse and get it outside before any cat caught it. Did I mention it was 11 p.m.? And I was tired?
The mouse did not have teeth marks or injuries but it must have been shell-shocked as it moved slowly (or maybe just old, I don’t move fast myself). It took about 10 minutes but I secured it in a bucket and relocated it into the back yard. (I considered the neighbor’s back yard but I didn’t think that was neighborly. Besides I had slippers on and the grass was wet.)
In the back of our yard there is a water retention area that doesn’t get water with a lot of wildlife. Maybe he had dinner with relatives. Or was dinner for non-relatives.
I haven’t had a mouse in decades because mice don’t like live-in cats. Cats LOVE indoor mice because they are so fun to play with. It’s all fun and games until the thing goes splat and I have to clean it up!
Morgan was rewarded for her efforts although she should have alerted us. The amazing thing is that the other three cats were oblivious. Perhaps they need to get retrained on their mice-catching duties!