True Story: Mad Mouse Mission

True Story:

Mad Mouse Mission!

On this Sunday, I thought I’d re-share a light-hearted, funny true story from about 5 years ago! So gather around and hear the tale (pun intended 😉 ) of the “Mad Mouse Mission” that happened in our houseful of cats!

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This adventure occurred in January of 2012, so we had fewer fur babies than we do now (and sadly, the oldest cat and the dog from this event have since passed away 🙁  ).

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It all started when I opened the pantry cupboard door to grab my old-fashioned oats to make my usual morning bowl of oatmeal. Perched on the middle shelf below the oats, a little mouse stared back at me with its beady little eyes. I freaked out and slammed the door, which I’m sure scared the mouse as badly as it had startled me, and alerted the cats and dog that *something* was wrong!!

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I cautiously opened the door again, but of course the mouse had retreated further into the cupboard, so I quickly snatched my container of oats and the brown sugar before closing the door again. The cats were on the scent and sat in front of the cupboard door, with their tails twitching.

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It makes you wonder why ANY mouse would dare enter our house – we have six cats: one older Maine coon cat and five “kittens” who are actually 2 1/2 years old now, who began their lives with us as two-month-old feral kittens we had trapped in our back yard.  We never could part with them after “socializing” them, so they ended up as members of our family.

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Anyway, I digress. As I was making my oatmeal, I heard that little bugger scratching inside the cupboard again! The cats were trying to get into the cupboard, so I decided to just leave it open and let nature take its course. This literal “cat and mouse” game went on all day, as one or more cats tried to crawl far enough into the cupboard to catch the mouse – and they appeared to take turns standing guard by the cupboard all day!

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Later on, just after hubby and I finished our supper, we heard a major commotion coming from the kitchen, including multiple sets of scurrying feet. We ran out to find that sure enough, the cats had flushed out the mouse, and had it cornered under the bench by the door.  Well, that only lasted a couple minutes, and the mouse decided it was on a mission to lead everyone on a wild chase through the house!

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First thing we did was close the bedroom door, since we really didn’t want the mouse in THERE. Now you would think, with six cats and a dog, that one of those critters – with their instinctual nature to chase and catch rodents – would do so. Well, the older cat demonstrated how useless he was at such a task, as the mouse at one point ran OVER him as he was just leisurely sprawled out in the middle of the kitchen floor! The younger cats just seemed to think it was great fun, chasing and playing with the mouse – temporarily cornering it first in the livingroom, then the den, and back out to the livingroom. After all, the cats have TOY mice that don’t run around like that!

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Finally, after creating a messy path of “destruction” as we moved furniture and STUFF to get to all the different spots where the cats had cornered the mouse, we finally had it captured under one of my craft bins on wheels. Then, with me blocking one side and front of that with the bin cover, hubby used a pool stick to drive the mouse out the other side and, with a heavy leather glove on, he grabbed the mouse. He told me to open the door and he ran outside with the mouse!

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Of course, this probably means (a) the mouse will return at some point and find its way back inside; or (b) the mouse will NEVER return, but will probably have a great story to tell all its relatives and friends, about the “Mad Mouse Mission” at a certain home in Maine!

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Here’s the gang at feeding time!

Feeding Time!
                           Feeding Time!

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So What About YOU?

 

Has a mouse ever surprised you in your house anywhere?

 

If you have cats, do you think they would more successful at catching a mouse than ours were?

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Two of the original participants in the Mad Mouse Mission!

Mack the Maine coon cat and Kita the black lab – our beloved fur babies who have passed away (Kita in Dec. 2012 and Mack in Nov. 2015).

 

5 thoughts on “True Story: Mad Mouse Mission

  1. I live in Florida and occasionally we get a lizard in the house. My dogs are so dumb. They love to try to catch it but don’t know what to do with it. I’d rather have a lizard than a mouse though…

  2. Oh boy! We had a mouse appear inside the cover of the kitchen light-he had fallen through the hole in the attic where the wiring came through. Our beagle lay under the light observing while my husband tried to slide mouser into a trash can.
    It never happened. Mouser managed to slip back into the attic as the light cover raised up at the far end!!
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  3. I’m pleased you managed to rescue the mouse. We once had a mass mouse mission, to rescue baby pet mice from our two cats.

    We left our two mice with a friend while we went overseas. (we’d look after her pets when she was away, including her duck!). As she wanted mice herself we said she could put them together to have ONE litter.

    On our return 8 weeks later there were quite a few more, plus more on the way. I think we ended up with 56. We separated them into two cages the best we could to avoid even more.

    What we didn’t realize was the bars on one of the cages was just wide enough for the smallest mice to escape. We managed to rescue most of them but the cats scored 4. All but the original two were then donated to a pet shop.
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