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Tue Dec 24, 2019, 08:22 AM

One-eyed Chuck the Wonder Cat brought in a Christmas present

this morning.

He caught a mouse in the garage and decided he would bring it inside to "play" with because it was too cold out in the garage. It promptly escaped and ran into the front closet.

I'll be setting mouse traps when I get home from work.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Reply One-eyed Chuck the Wonder Cat brought in a Christmas present (Original post)
SnowCritter Dec 2019 OP
tavernier Dec 2019 #1
EndlessWire Dec 2019 #8
Rorey Dec 2019 #2
hlthe2b Dec 2019 #3
MissB Dec 2019 #4
Disaffected Dec 2019 #5
flotsam Dec 2019 #6
EndlessWire Dec 2019 #7

Response to SnowCritter (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 08:31 AM

1. Had to send this to my daughter.

Her cat is very fat and lazy. Last year they discovered him sitting next to a mouse body in the kitchen. No one had the least inclination to congratulate Russell on the kill. Daughter said that he either found it already dead or sat on it and it suffocated.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 12:52 PM

8. LOL! n/t

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Response to SnowCritter (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 08:49 AM

2. My cats have never brought me a present

They bring in their kills occasionally, but I think it's more to gloat than for any other reason. I told them it's really not that big of an accomplishment to catch a bird when it's super cold out because I know the only reason they caught them is because the birds are slower.

But thanks for the reminder that I've got to go clean up some feathers downstairs. Ugh.

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Response to SnowCritter (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 10:02 AM

3. Bad, bad, bad karma to kill a mouse on Christmas, isn't it?

You still have time to go get a few LIVE traps (NOT GLUE)... Just sayin...



Reminds me, I have to go pick up some timothy hay and fresh apples slices for my wild rabbits. The luck of four rabbits feet with every sweet bunny.

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Response to SnowCritter (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 10:15 AM

4. Best trap

Is a tall plastic garbage can. Set some peanut butter in the bottom and make sure they can get in - heck, build them an on ramp. They canít get out. The next morning, take the garbage can outside- far enough from your house- and release the mouse.

My cat brought in a rat recently. He usually only leaves us bits, sometimes whole heads. He must not like the taste of rats. If our female cat brings in a mouse, itís usually alive. Iíve caught many a live mouse to release. My favorite one was the one she brought into our room and dropped on our bedding.

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Response to MissB (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 12:07 PM

5. That's a good idea,

and far better than inhumane mouse traps (especially the horrible "sticky" cardboard traps).

I wonder if even a tall garbage can would be necessary - mice cannot climb a smooth vertical surface and I don't imagine can jump all that high so maybe even something a foot or so tall container with smooth sides would work as well (and would be easier to place in a confined space).

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Response to SnowCritter (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 12:08 PM

6. I'm truly sorry

man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An' fellow mortal!




https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_a_Mouse

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Response to SnowCritter (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2019, 12:50 PM

7. Country mice

I live in the country, and if you don't have a cat, you can be overrun with mice. Mice are smart and will soon learn to avoid any solution you can devise to save yourself. You need that cat.

My presents come to me with their heads removed. Cats eat the head first, and then leave the rest for you. How sweet, but I haven't eaten one yet.

One of my terribly old cats will scream with excitement while she brings in the corpse, but then lately she is bringing me toys or objects she finds, screaming like they are a mouse. Trying to tell me something, I guess...

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