A Mouse in the House

A bit of excitement this morning before leaving for work.  I was in the bathroom when a mouse came under the door, did a quick u-turn and back out again.  I had to blink a couple of times to make sure I saw what I thought I saw.  We have not had any mice in the house before so I was definitely surprised.

I quickly opened the door and frantically looked about my bedroom for the pesky invader, but to no avail.  He was nowhere to be found.  The commotion awoke my wife and a couple of kids.  I assumed (incorrectly) that he went back down whatever hidy-hole he came from and that I would not see him again.

A few minutes later, as I was trying to take a picture of the sunrise, a scream came from the kitchen window as the mouse darted from under the stove to under the fridge.  This got everyone up and the chase was on.  The cat was brought in to do what we got the thing for, which was mouse duty.

The vile thing made its way back into my bathroom and was hiding under a cabinet when the cat finally got involved.  A poke underneath with the broom handle brought the mouse out and grabbed the cat’s attention (finally, she didn’t understand why we were trying to shove her under the cabinet – she just wanted cuddles).  She caught the mouse under the toilet and headed for the kitchen with it dangling from her mouth by its tail.

We, of course, wanted her to take it outside and I picked her up (with the dangly mouse) and headed for the door.  She, unexpectedly, dropped it before I could go three paces (sigh) and the mouse escaped under the stove again.

One needs to understand that there were seven hysterical children and two adults freaking out, lots of screaming and shouting and running around.  I yanked the drawer out from the stove and the cat dove back into the fray.  The mouse dashed to under the fridge again with the cat hot on its heels.

I pulled the fridge from the wall and it again ran into my bedroom.  It hid in an empty box and confused the cat for a minute before hiding behind the dresser.  Cornered by the cat, it made a risky dash for the bathroom, only to get caught again.  This time we were able to herd the cat out the door with its prize, much to everyone’s relief.

Five minutes later, when leaving for work, I saw the cat under the deck playing with the mouse – which was still alive and trying to escape.  I told her to just kill the dang thing and get it over with.


Here’s the sunrise picture 🙂

Hope you all had a great day!

One thought on “A Mouse in the House

  1. Nice that you have the cat and he sounds like a good mouser. Alway fun to watch the cats play with a mouse, keeps them entertained, kinda catch and release .


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