19 Oct 2007 02:53 pm

Of Mice and Men

I have a mouse.

I found the “evidence” on the kitchen counter this morning. (Yeah, I was pleased.)

Fortunately, things like that don’t bother me. I just hope he didn’t get his little feet dirty.

I would set a trap, but I’m all out of cheese.

By the way, did I happen to mention I also have a cat?


I don’t have a cat because of mice.

I have mice because of the cat.

You see my Kitty likes to bring them in the house so she can play with them. She catches them outside and then brings them in through her little cat door. She then proceeds to chase them around the house until they manage to get away from her.

She wouldn’t think of actually eating one of them.

That would be disgusting.


This has gone on for years. It’s nothing new. In fact, it has become just part of the routine around here. She has also been known to bring in live rats, birds, baby rabbits, snakes, lizards, giant moths and other interesting insects. (Relax. I have managed to rescue all of the birds and baby rabbits, unharmed.)


Tip-o-the-day: If you ever have a live bird or other animal loose in your house. Don’t chase them around with a tennis racket or other weapon like you see people do on TV. Just calmly throw a big towel over them. They will think they’re safe and will hide under the towel. You can then just wrap them up and safely carry them outside.

Second Tip-o-the-day: Don’t let the cat out with you when you turn them loose. Otherwise, she’ll just catch them and bring them right back in again.

— Dean


7 Responses to “Of Mice and Men”

  1. on 19 Oct 2007 at 3:54 pm 1.Rob said …

    Our cat just decided our closet is a good litter box. Smells to high heaven. Cats are great/awful.

  2. on 19 Oct 2007 at 8:17 pm 2.jmb said …

    I once rented a house for 3 months with a resident cat. Siamese,great hunter. Finally I bought a bell and put it on her collar. That stopped her dead in her tracks and made me happy because I’m not a cat person and do not appreciate these gifts.

  3. on 20 Oct 2007 at 7:06 pm 3.Chrysalis Angel said …

    That reminded me of one Easter I had. I left the door open as I cooked, and the next thing I knew, the cat was walking in the door with a pheasant. While perhaps an appropriate selection..depending on your taste, I was aghast! I wish I’d known about the towel trick then.

  4. on 28 Oct 2007 at 7:28 pm 4.USS Ben said …

    Ha ha! Be thankful she doesn’t leave headless mice on your pillow.

    Good tips!

    Extra tip: towels don’t work very well with bats.

  5. on 28 Oct 2007 at 11:51 pm 5.Dean said …

    Rob: That’s strange. Perhaps there’s something she doesn’t like in or near her regular litter box.

    Angel: I wish she’d show up with a pheasant. Make herself useful. 🙂

    Ben: I haven’t had the opportunity to try the towel trick on a bat yet, so I’ll have to concede on that one.

  6. on 03 Nov 2007 at 9:30 pm 6.Cathy said …

    We had a bat in the house, in out bedroom, once. I was getting ready to go to bed when it flew right towards me, on his way to my drapes. My husband was working 3rd shift, so I took the kids to my folks house, and I sat on our front porch all night waiting for my husband to get home the next morning, so he could capture it.

    I also think throwing a towel over one would not work, because they hang upside down off of your drapes.

  7. on 03 Nov 2007 at 11:45 pm 7.Dean said …

    Now you’ve got me hoping Kitty brings in a bat just so I can try the towel on it.

    Well… maybe not. 🙂

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