5 Jan 2011

A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE

Jenny Matlock
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Letter "M"

Usually "normal" people have a cat or cats to keep away the mice especially farmers or when you live on the country side. Apparently I don't belong to normal people because since I have cats I also have mice.

Fortunately I am not afraid of mice, I find them rather cute, and this is my problem. While I would jump on the table when I see a spider of the size of a flea and screem for help, I would try to safe a little mouse from an awful death caused by my cats.

Especially in summer my cats like to bring mice home to play with them in the living room. After a while they are bored and the mouse is either alive or I found its corps later under a furniture when it comes to my mind that it has also to be clean under a furniture.

Mr. G. has developped a special method for mice saving, he folds a paper to a cone, runs after the mouse until she (I think it was a female) is blocked in a corner and runs in the paper cone. Then he carefully carries her out in the garden and set her free.

Last time one of my 4 darling cats brought a mouse home who was especially clever. Not only she escaped the cat and remained intact and in full health, but she also decided to move in and stay under the big living room cabinet. From time to time we saw her little face. Of course the cats had lost all interest in the mouse and continued their lives with more important things like sleeping on different beds.

We decided that the mouse had to get out. Mr. G put a little piece of cheese under the table and waited patiently that Miss Mouse would come out and he could catch her with his paper cone. Miss Mouse didn't come out but the next day the cheese had disappeared. He tried again. This time she came out, ate the cheese washed her face before running back under the furniture. Of course Mr. G. didn't have his mouse catcher so the mouse remained under the cabinet for 2 days. We knew that she was still there because each morning the cheese was gone.

I think Miss Mouse loved staying with us despite the fact that she was also living with 4 cats. Finally I had an idea, I left the store and the window just a little open that only a mouse could go through and the next morning, Miss Mouse was gone. In the end she probably had thought it would be better to move out of this place, in case the cats would change their mind and become active again.

Conclusion : If you love mice take a cat !




28 comments:

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Mice absolutely terrify me. I will jump right in and grab the halter of a thousand pound horse who is freaking out, but a little mouse puts me in cardiac arrest.

Don't understand it, never will...

jabblog said...

I like mice and hate spiders, too. We haven't had any mice in the house since we had cats, though. There are little field mice in the garden.

jabblog said...

I like mice and hate spiders, too. We haven't had any mice in the house since we had cats, though. There are little field mice in the garden.

EG Wow said...

I'm not afraid of mice but I do NOT like them in my house breaking into packages and eating MY food...and leaving their...er...markers behind.

All the best in 2011!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Ants in my house were bad enough. I don' think I would like mice.

Jackie said...

You should have let the cat have his/her mouse and eat it too, tsk tsk tsk.

Gledwood said...

Did I ever tell you about the time when Baby Itchy Roborovski, the smallest of my pingpongball-sized hamsters escaped for a few days. looked EVERYWHERE. One place I didn't bother looking was under the wardrobe because it was a scruffy old house and full of mice and I knew the mice lived under there... Anyway what do I find three days later but Itchy Roborovski blithely rambling about at the side of this cupboard, not caring at all that these wild house mice also lived there, who were far bigger than she was. I think they must have liked her...(!)
When I caught her again inside a toilet tube she looked MOST offended..!

Ames said...

I am glad you got rid of miss mouse, and she was unharmed.~Ames

Mary said...

I suscribe to the "live and let live" theory, I just want them to live elsewhere :-)

Maribeth said...

Oh I so hate mice! When we had our farm they would get in from time to time and oh, I would scream!

Judie said...

Here in Tucson, we have packrats. They are really cute, but destructive! They will eat the wiring in your car. We catch them in a tray baited with strawberries, and then take them out into the desert about a mile from the house, then let them go!!

La said...

I'm not crazy about mice. This was a cute post, though.

Ann said...

yiiik!!!!! i hate them.!!!!!!! I was in primary school when I red how they spred the London plague.

Pamela said...

We have had mice trying to move into our kitchen every winter. Unfortunately we don't catch and release.

Last year I think we trapped 14 or 15.
This year not as many. Maybe the word got out!

Jientje said...

No wonder your mice liked it in your living room! It was nice and warm and she was being fed too! Looks like a lovely hotel!

A Lady's Life said...

Oh my two cats used to leave mice with no heads at my front and back doors all the time and the rest they would bring in from the open windows and let them go.
Of course they had babies and then everyone was chasing mice around the house.
Then I got smart and kept my wondows closed so they would not bring me any more pets.
lol
Thank fully I have no mice now and only one cat.lol

Kat said...

Ha ha I love your mouse story! WE once had a whole family of mice in the garage and my mum had a shock when she discovered them. Unfortunately for them she lost no time to throw them all out - including three still pink baby mice. I cried for days after that.

Sue said...

I think mice are cute, too, except when they're loose in my house.

For some reason, that sorta creeps me out.

=)

PS. Loved your story!

diane b said...

Five cats and a mouse dares to stay. Its either Silly mouse or silly cat.

myorii said...

Cute story :) I don't think I'm afraid of mice either. I think the noise them make while they are in hiding would make me skittish though. Glad I never had to deal with having a mouse in the home!

Loree said...

I too think mice are cute. Not rats, of course, but I can deal with a mouse every now and then.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Cute post. Mice are fine as long as they live elsewhere.

Jenny said...

Hooray! What a sweet post!

I admit to having a little crush on mice, too. We don't have them here in Arizona...or at least I've never seen them...but boy, oh boy, my old farmhouses in Ohio were always over-run with them.

I love the a-Musing story you shared with us here on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday.

Thank you for linking.

A+

Jo said...

mice are cute ... as long as they are not running inside the house ... then they are just a nuisance ... i dont see many where i live but i know they are out there ...

RNSANE said...

I wouldn't say I'm especially afraid of mine...they do startle me when they dart out in front of me. I would prefer, however, not to have them in my home!!! I don't know why it is I find hamsters cute but mice and rats not so.

mub said...

I think you're nicer than me... I'd just let the cats have them *L*

Teresa said...

Yes, I tend to have mice despite my cats. Luckily, filling cracks has helped reduce my mouse population.

claudie said...

This is a very cute mouse story!!!
Now as we will move in an appart in a few days I will use my four cats one by one with this new life!
The first who will come with us is the biggest one, my Patouf! As he is very clean and ask always to pee out! It's not the same with the others and it will be a big challenge!