Friday, June 12, 2009

Mousing, it’s what we do….

I guess it is just one of the things we will have to continue to address here at our home on Cabot Street in the summer months – Mice! My best guess is that actually climb up the side of the house and come in through the open eaves in the attic and then make their way down to the 2nd floor in search of food. Well the good news for us human inhabits and the bad new for these cute little field mice looking for some grub is that there is not one but two cats on the premises that are on the look out for them. I am the proud Mommy to two excellent mice catching cats! Yes for the 3rd time since April Greg and I were woken up in the early hours of the morning to a great deal of cat activity and the squeal of a mouse.

Here is the procedure that takes place from the point of being woken up. Greg is to get up and follow the cats and keep an eye out on what they are doing with the mouse. It is usually a game of catch, release, catch again, run off with mouse in mouth. My job is to get some Tupperware and some cardboard (usual a snack box, they work best, from our paper recycling bin) and bring them to Greg. Greg then asks the cat to drop the mouse, and now that we have learned to keep much calmer in these situations the cat does as asked. Greg covers the mouse with the Tupperware container, and then slides the cardboard under it, and proceeds to return the mouse to the outside world where he/she belongs (yes its true we can not bear to kill any living animal). Trot and Maverick then get praised for there good work, but we can tell they are a little disappointed that the excitement is over. They then return to checking out the whole house, usually returning to where they first spotted the mouse, and do a through search to make sure the cost is clear of any additional mice for them to catch and play with.

Good work Trotman & Maverick – Mommy and Daddy appreciate all the hard work you do to keep our home free of mice!

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