Friday, August 22, 2008

Squeak, Skweeeek, Squeeeeakk!

A couple weeks ago, one of my cats caught a mouse.

As anyone in a rural area knows, sometimes those country mice like to find a way indoors. Not too often, but still it happens.

Cats don't usually kill mice outright. They like to "play" with them and draw the whole hunting experience out for as long as possible. Usually I end up disposing of a half-dead mouse myself, rather than run the risk of having the cats hide it away to perish behind the sofa or under my bed.

When I realize that one of them actually has a real live mouse, my first reaction is to be slightly startled. But I quickly get over it, and then I wait for an opportunity to grab the little rodent intruder and dispose of him. I thank my cats profusely and praise them for being such good little hunters. (Sometimes all three of them will gang up on the same mouse, which I'm sure qualifies as some special level of "rodent hell".)

I am NOT the stereotypical mouse-phobic lady of the 50's and 60's. Some of the old cartoons really like to exaggerate that, having the lady jump on a chair and shriek like a banshee whenever a mouse goes by. Not me. I can pick them up by their ugly stringy little tails (always with a tissue) and throw their half-dead little gray bodies wherever they need to go. It doesn't bother me that much. I wash my hands when I'm done, and take out the trash at the next available opportunity. No big deal.

Before you get some less-than-complimentary image of me living in a home that's sickeningly infested with vermin, I should probably point out that this sort of thing only happens about once a year, on average. :)

How about you? Do you know anyone who's terrified of mice? Would it bother you to have to grab a mouse who was still twitching? Would it make it easier (or harder) if the mouse was already dead?


Anonymous said...

Ummm - a live mouse would be a a lot easier for me to deal with, half-dead - not so much. Totally dead - dust pan and broom, spit-spot. Never had a real mouse in the house but my kittehs have catnip stuffed mice that they kick the shit out of LOL

Marilyn said...

Your cartoons would look great on T-shirts.

I used to asphyxiate mice with CO2 and then slit them open to see how much toxin various parts had in them... To do this I had to actually raise them and in raising them I learned to hate them. They really are as gross as you think. But, anyway, live or dead I am not afraid of them.

Evil Genius said...

I found a mouse in my bathtub one morning when I came in to get ready for work. I drowned him with bathwater and then disposed of him with a pail dipped into the water.

I'm not terribly afraid of them, but I won't touch them with my hands. LOL

Janna said...

BroadwayMatron: A live mouse would be easier? Really?

Marilyn: Wow! You were like a rodent serial killer! Cool!

EvilGenius: Did he at least try to swim away? Can mice swim?

Anonymous said...

Sure - I like mice - I like most furry soft things - I don't do any kind of bug tho...A live little critter? No problem - might put on oven mitts - but would find a way to escort him/her outside..

Janna said...

BroadwayMatron: But if you let them outside when they're still alive, they'll just find their way back in again!