My cats stink at being cats.
We have had a mouse in our upstairs for a couple weeks, and you think, well, surely if you have four cats, this will not be a problem at all. In fact, the first time my daughter frantically texted me from her bedroom (on a night when my husband was not home), telling me she saw a mouse in her bedroom, my first response was, put the cats in your room! They’ll save you! (Cause I’m sure not going to do anything!) And my daughters ran and got the cats and the cats’ response was to get comfortable on my daughter’s beds (the cats are usually refused entrance to the teenaged hallowed domain).
I talked to my husband about the mouse problem and he suggested that our cats would surely take care of it. Just give them a minute.
Several minutes or weeks later, (today actually) my daughter complained again about a mouse in her room. Ugh. I guess it’s time to go buy some traps. I hate killing things. Even annoying mice.
Then tonight as I was trying to get kids to bed, my daughter starts yelling out in the hallway.
THE CAT HAS A MOUSE!!
I ran to the doorway of the room I was in and saw the cat with a very alive mouse in the hall.
Playing with it.
Not hurting it.
Not killing it.
Not dragging it away out of our sight.
Just letting it go and then chasing it whenever it ran.
I looked around for something to jump up on, just in case the mouse ran in my direction. Little kids started running into the hall to see what was happening and I was yelling at everyone to get back into their bedrooms. Yelling at the cat to just kill the mouse or take it away! Then the mouse ran under a folded sheet that happened to be on the floor. (I have no idea why there was a folded sheet on the floor, it seems to be a favorite pastime of my children to haul things off the linen shelf and just leave them on the floor, it’s a mystery.)
The cat was circling the sheet, trying to figure out where the mouse was and the five year old thought he should come and pick up the sheet, just to see what would happen. I’m yelling for him to get away before the mouse runs up his legs. Then the eleven and thirteen year old boys run out of their room.
What’s going on?
GET THE MOUSE!! YOUR CAT HAS A MOUSE! CATCH IT!
They both quickly jumped into macho-man mode and tried to catch the mouse. Working in tandem, one son pinned the mouse to the floor with a stuffed animal.
Ok. What are you going to do now?
He shrugs. I don’t know.
Then he lets it loose again!
DON’T LET IT LOOSE AGAIN!!!
But he redeems himself by scooping up the mouse with the sheet and making a run for the stairs to take it outside.
YAY!! You are our hero!