This has been a busy week for the cats. Specifically the grays – Morgan and Gracie. Mollie is retired from anything remotely looking like work and Hazel is an observer when she isn’t napping from exhaustion from observing.
If you remember from Sunday’s post, Morgan caught two mice. There were no survivors. She said they accidentally died during questioning.
During this week there were more. At least four more who ignored our Bates Motel no vacancy sign and lived to regret it. Well, not all of them lived. I caught two with my trusty deli cup and piece of cardboard (patent pending). Those lived just not in the house. Morgan killed one outright (she says it had a heart attack).
Gracie was too excited to be of any use. At one point we collided and I missed catching the mouse because she was “indaway.”
There is another dead mouse and I can’t find it. How do I know? Decomp. I can smell decomposition at 50 paces thanks to my overachieving nose. (I watch too many crime shows so I know all about decomp.)
During the summer there was decomp smell on the porch for a few days. We have shrubs and ground cover planted around the porch. I looked but couldn’t find it. About a month later I was cleaning up branches and found a desiccated bird. It probably wopped the side of the house and broke its neck, falling into the ground cover to breathe its last breath.
We have moved furniture that hasn’t moved in years, but haven’t found anything. (This isn’t easy as the beloved husband’s nose can only smell brownies baking and is no help locating the dead mouse.)
We did find 87 catnip mice with dust fuzz all over them and an inch of dust.
The last two nights Morgan has slept upstairs (a good indication there is nothing alive in the basement except spiders). I would suggest if anyone wants to visit, wait a few days. It’s a small thing so it doesn’t smell as badly as a decaying human body (or so I’ve learned from TV). So far we have not found any dead humans either.
We have air fresheners going but I can still detect it. Then again, few people have a nose like mine.