October 7, 2009

Mouse update

Thanks for the advice on my mouse problem. I decided to try to trap the mouse in the closet for the night, so that I could buy a humane trap in the morning.

Then I woke up at 2:30 a.m. to find my cat chasing the mouse around my bedroom.

I waited for the cat to catch the mouse, then I immediately put it in a shoe box. Since the mouse didn't seem hurt, I walked one block from my building and let it go outside. I know that ideally I should have taken it to a field somewhere -- but it's the city and it was 3 a.m. so options were limited.

When I got home, I praised my cat and gave her a few treats. Even though I worry about her getting mouse germs, I'm glad that when a mouse gets into my bedroom while I'm sleeping, my little hunter is on the case.


  • Good kitty!

    The best of both worlds--she didn't eat the mouse so it's okay and free again, and you didn't have to buy a trap!

    By Anonymous psychobunny, at 10/8/09, 3:09 AM  

  • Yes -- the mouse lived, my cat was happy that she caught it, and she didn't eat anything germy or poisonous.

    Everyone won except for me, since I lost a lot of sleep. :)

    I miss reading your blog! Hope you are doing well.

    By Blogger Di Di, at 10/8/09, 8:23 AM  

  • LOL! Our worlds are so different! I live in the country in an old, poorly constructed house and we are overrun by rodents. My cats catch and eat 2 or three little buck toothed souls every day. It's what they are designed to do. They are cats and those are mice and the interaction is as old as time. I live trap and relocated too, if I can, and I cringe at tape worms and round worms, but my cats LOVE their lives being real cats in the environment where they evolved, so I try to keep in mind what's natural and let them live they way they were made.

    I don't mean to offend or invalidate your experience, just to offer another perspective.

    By Blogger Mamabeek, at 10/9/09, 2:13 AM  

  • I'm not offended at all. If I lived in the country I would be a lot less nervous about her catching mice. One of the reasons it makes me nervous is that even though I won't allow it in my unit, I know that my landlord uses rodent poison on other floors of the building. City mice are more likely to have encountered poison, and probably more likely to be diseased than country mice.

    And when I came home to find a dead mouse, I was a little bit sad but I wasn't upset with my cat -- it's nature -- but I was worried. And when I can save a little mouse I'd rather spare it just because I have a hard time watching cute things die.

    By Blogger Di Di, at 10/9/09, 7:07 AM  

  • I'm with you 100%! I didn't think about the poison aspect. That IS scary! I think pretty much all the rodents my cats kill are cute, and I keep in mind that just like every other living thing they have hopes and dreams and friends and family who will miss them. Some people might think I'm prone to anthropomorphizing, but when I was doing wildlife rehab a few years ago, I discovered that every single creature I worked with had a unique personality just as each of my pets do, and formed relationships with the other rehab patients, even when they weren't the same species! It was a fantastic experience, and makes me that much sadder each time I see something die. Of course we all die eventually, but I don't think it's fun for anybody, not even a mouse. =(

    I'm glad your story had a happy ending.

    By Blogger Mamabeek, at 10/10/09, 6:53 PM  

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