Sunday, 19 January 2014

I saw a Mouse......





                                                               Where?
                                                       There on the stair......

Last night, I opened the back door to let the dog in and Lucy Cat rushed in with something in her mouth! I followed her half way up the stairs and managed to get hold of her and get her to drop her victim. A very wet, but unharmed mouse cowered in the corner while I took the hissing hunter and shut her into a bedroom.

I found an empty container and, with the help of Mr DW, we managed to herd the mouse into the pot. 
That was easier said than done when the mouse climbed up the stair carpet of three steps, but we enticed him in eventually and no harm seemed to have been done.

It wasn`t easy to tell if this was a house mouse, or a very wet woodmouse. 

We had no idea where the mouse had been taken from. Knowing that the cats will often visit our neighbour`s rather wild garden, Mr DW set off in the dark and let the mouse go free under their thick hedge. The mouse appeared to be an adult so hopefully it will survive. Lucy Cat was on curfew for the night and has only been out for ten minutes today, so the mouse might still be alive.




When I released her from her prison, Lucy rushed to the stairs and wowled indignantly. Her mouse had gone! She sniffed the corner where it had cowered.




She rolled and wriggled along the carpet.



She made sure that there wasn`t a hidden mousehole in the corner.
She ran up and down the stairs........



.....and then up again.

At this point, I took her into the kitchen and served supper to the cats. Lucy forgot all about her missing mouse and decided that food from a cat food tin was much easier (if not as much fun) to catch.


17 comments:

Countryside Tales said...

Lovely! Lucy cat is very beautiful- super markings. Glad you managed to get the mouse away unharmed. Cleo used to catch lots of shrews but seems now to mainly concentrate on rats, bringing them in dead rather than alive. Years ago my sister woke up to a dead mouse on her pillow- a thoughtful gift left from one of the cats :-)

Louise said...

I'm glad you were able to rescue it, I hope the little mouse survived.

Down by the sea said...

Those pictures made me smile as that is a familiar occurrence in our home too. Glad you managed to rescue the mouse!
Sarah x

ann @ studiohyde said...

Aww, such a sweet little mouse, what an adventure for it! Really pleased you saved it and hopefully it is still okay.

Bovey Belle said...

Oh that Lucy - she really is a hunter through and through! I am sure the mouse had the best chance of survival possible, and if it's the hedge I am thinking off, plenty of cover in there for it (and probably where it was when Lucy caught it!)

Ragged Robin said...

I'm so glad you managed to rescue the mouse :) Do hope it survived ok.

SeagullSuzie said...

Oh yes, happened here a few times,especially with frogs which are almost as difficult to catch!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Kind hearted. She is a lovely cat by the look of the photograph but they can't help but follow their instincts. Glad you rescued it though.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Just read your comment on Fergies. I am a Lincolnshire lass - would love to know which village your grandfather came from.

Isabelle said...

A welly boot is a good way of catching fleeing mice. They see the boot as a handy hole and go right down to the toe, allowing you to shut off the top.

Of course, they may then piddle in your boot.

Lucy Pussy - what a good name.

Jane the Booklady said...

What a dear little mouse! Our cat, also a tabby, has a horrible habit of catching frogs- who scream when caught... Jane xx

Em Parkinson said...

That mouse is VERY lucky! Lucy is such a gorgeous cat - very Beatrix Potter-ish.

Rowan said...

A very lucky little mouse:) Hope it survived it's little adventure.

Vintage Tea Time said...

Beautiful cat! Hope the mouse survived!

Morning's Minion said...

Mice do look so cute. Still, having a family of them wreak havoc with linens I had carefully boxed and put in storage while we were building a house--I've hardened my heart.
I wish my well-fed cats didn't catch them or threaten the birds, but they will be cats.
Your Lucy is a very handsome tabby girl!

rachel said...

A familiar tale in this house too. I got rather good at catching live mice at one point, and even had a little box kept handy for the task! What I really hated, though, was having to rescue frog from the cats' mouths; they make such an alarming sound, and don't always move in the predictable way that mice do!

angryparsnip said...

I found a mouse in the dogs dry food (long time ago)I couldn't kill it so I let it go away from the house and I swear it ran right back !

cheers, parsnip