Spring time is definitely here!
The cats have been more active and full of mischief as the weather warms. Rascal especially, has been more spastic than I’ve seen him all winter. He runs around the house in the evenings like a maniac, knocking things over and pouncing on his toys. I am used to his antics, but he has begun a new habit that I am not at all okay with!
Wild Cat in the House
He has been bringing live mice into my house! In the past few weeks he brought in two mice and a California Vole! He’ll carry one in in his mouth, drop it at my feet, and then the little creature immediately runs away and hides under the nearest furniture! Thanks for the thought, Rascal, but I REALLY don’t want live mice or other rodents in the house!
The first time he did it, I was in my robe and slippers, ready to relax with a good book and a glass of wine. The mouse ran over my foot and I was afraid in would try to hide inside my slipper, so I screamed, jumped, and one slipper went flying through the air in an instant! My husband was no help at all, as he just laughed at me!
The mouse ran under the couch, but, once my husband’s hysteria was over, he lifted the couch and I had to shoo the frightened little thing out the glass door behind it. I expected the cats and/or Max, to chase it, but as soon as it was out of sight, they lost interest. Thanks a lot guys! Way to protect our home!
The next two critters, I threw something over it, a bucket for one, Max’s dog bed for the last, and tossed it outside. I am praying Rascal doesn’t bring anything in without us knowing! Last summer he brought a live lizard in and it ran under the refrigerator. It took a few days for it to come out where we could catch it. I’d rather lizards than rodents, though. Lizards don’t want to make our home theirs or eat our food.
He thinks he’s a wild hunter.
Probably believes he looks more like this guy,
Than this –
So far we’ve been able to catch each one and get them out. I know rodents are part of mountain living, but I much prefer the wild life to stay out doors! I don’t want to close up the dog door and keep Max from being able to go in and out, but I’m not sure what else I can do to stop this madness.