by Janet Blue on March 8, 2014

DSC01835Remember this adorably furry intruder? He doesn’t even look real, does he? If I hadn’t seen him scampering through the house, I would have thought he was an animatronic creation.

Comments abounded from our kitty friends as well as other four-leggers asking what had happened to the “Mouse in the House.” Some were cheering for the cats, others for the mousey.

Truth be told, none of us know…not even the cats.

DSC01836They spent hours hot on his trail, and Calista Jo even had him in her mouth. Unfortunately, that’s when the camera battery went dead. When enlarging one of the photos I used on Wednesday’s post I could see blood in the little guy’s fur. I presume it was from Calista’s teeth.

DSC01847They had him trapped under the china cupboard, the desk, behind the radiator and hall butler as well as behind the cookbooks in the kitchen bookcase and under the stove. That’s the last place any of us (cats and humans) saw him before retiring for the night.

DSC01849It’s not hard for a field mouse to find its way into our house. The house is 101 years old and has any number of small holes that mice have used to gain entrance through the years. As I have found no dismembered mouse parts or a decomposing carcass anywhere in the house, I suspect this fellow found his way out by the same way he came in.

DSC01852-001Usually, a mouse doesn’t have a chance around here with eight cats in residence. Normally the kitties will terrorize and bat it around until it keels over dead from stress. But this little chap was particularly adept and finding hiding places where he was just out of reach.

And I didn’t really mind his presence. He was darn cute and it kept the clan busy and quiet in their cooperation of hot pursuit for several hours!

So that’s the entire story of “The Mouse in the House.”

If you have the CB Calendar and hadn’t noticed, Lisbeth is featured this weekend.


Maxwell, Faraday & Allie March 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Okay seriouslies? Mommy woulda screamed like a GURL.
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Timmy Tomcat March 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

We have had the odd visitor go missing. Most often I let the clowder play until they loose interest and scoop him up for disposal. Last time someone ate one I got it back on my rug.
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c March 11, 2014 at 1:03 am

Wow kitties, that is lots of excitement for sure…thanks for letting us know what happened!
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Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew March 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Even though we are cats we were kind of cheering for the mousie. We hope he/she escaped. We hardly ever see a mouse in the house even though we live near big grain fields. Our outside (born feral, now sort of tame) siblings take care of them as soon as they come in our yard. We’ll stick with our fuzzy green and purple mice.

Kitty Kisses
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Marty the Manx March 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Really can’t believe that the mouse made it out of the house! Looks like it kept everyone entertained thought!
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LP March 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

We hope the mouse made it out alive! That way, the kitties had fun, and the mouse lived to see another day 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo
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Kitty Cat Chronicles March 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Wow, that mouse sure is lucky to have escaped! It looks like everyone was enjoying the hunt though. Maybe next time, guys!
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Basil March 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

Wow, an escapee – I’m sure there’s more to it, purrhaps he had a teleportation device as there’s a few kitties with that technology now – purrhaps the mousie ‘borrowed’ the tech and is now teleporting all over the place!! MOL


Basil XX
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MyThreeMoggies March 10, 2014 at 8:19 am

OMG did it escape alive ? this is so funny love the photos I had to show husband
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Fur Everywhere March 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

That sounds like one entertaining night! We don’t ever have mice here to play with, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun to us!
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Spitty the Kitty March 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm

We have LUFFED looking at Lisbeth all weekend. We hope some of the other girls will be coming up later in the year XOXOXO
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Kitties Bue March 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Spitty, All of us girls and Mau will be on the calendar. In fact Lisbeth will be on again in a photo with Astrid. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
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Oui Oui March 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Carl is our champion mouser. He once caught 4 in 20 minutes. The mom thought he was pulling the same one out of the trash, but no! One feisty mouse stood up to him, biting him on the paw, so when it ran across the room and up the sleeve to the mom’s jacket, she took him outside and let him go cause he was so very brave.

We saw Lizbeth on the calendar!
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Cathy Keisha March 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Oh what fun. It’s amazing that mice even try to come into your house knowing all the cats are there. Nicky caught a mouse once and when Pop took it, Nicky grabbed it back.
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Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats March 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

In our house, four cats and three dogs chasing a mouse. The only way for the mouse to escapes is if one of the humans finds out what’s going on in time.

–Purrs (and woofs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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The Island Cats March 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm

If that mouse was smart, he high-tailed it out of your house!
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meowmeowmans March 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

We kind of hope that little guy escaped, but are glad you all had fun playing with him. 🙂

We saw beautiful Lisbeth in the Cats of the CB Calendar! Yay!
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Flynn March 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

That would have been a very lucky mouse if he got out alive with all you living there.
You didn’t tell me you had given me the award but I saw it in your post about it. I have added you on my awards page thank you.
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Nerissa's Life March 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I don’t think a mouse has ever come into our house… willingly. Mice and chipmunks and even squirrels have been BROUGHT in by… ummm…. a cat OTHER than me but they never come in on their accord. Doin’ that would be kind of crazy, if you know what I mean.


PS. Twice we had a bat come in though. Don’t know if it was the same bat or not but both times the peep had to rescue him. Or her. Don’t know for sure.
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Sherri-Ellen T-D March 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Yow dat iz sum story!! Dat mouse must have sum 9 livez too???
Lub Nylablue xxx
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Judy & C.A.T.S March 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Field mice are small and can sure fit through a very small opening. Mom thought ours was a nip mousie until she really looked at it; she thought we had found a lost toy. Mousies can provide lots of amusement. Thanks for the update. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

Angel Abby Grace March 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

We believe that was one very lucky mouse…but if he was injured I don’t know how well he fared if he made it back outdoors.
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Whisppy March 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

If that mousie did manage to escape, he’s very lucky!
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Penelope March 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

What fun!
For the Cats!
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McGuffy Ann Morris March 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

When we were first married, many moons ago, we lived in a house that had a dirt crawl space. Field mice and deer muce would find their way in. Our two cats reacted differently, one seeing them as a game, while the other was far more serious.
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The REAL Maple Syrup Mob March 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

Extra treats all round we say!
We haven’t had one mousey in the house ALL winter…it’ just no fair ‘us we can hear them in the walls.
The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx
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Brian March 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

Oh, if only we could find one of those little critters!
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Caren Gittleman March 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

I normally wouldn’t say this, but he was so cute that I hope he did get out and is ok. He was just too cute!
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Ellie March 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

Thanks for the update! I have a funny story–this is when Pye and Howling Mad were alive. I came home one day and found a dead bird in the kitchen. The cats were sitting proudly around it. I can only imagine the terror that bird must have felt! And I tell you–I was finding feathers for weeks afterward! P.S. We know how the bird came in–through the chimney and then the furnace. A bat had come in the same way just a few days prior (Pye was trouncing all over me during the night–I woke up, turned on the light, and saw the bat!) I now have a chimney cap! My house was built in the 1920s. The funny stories about old houses!
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Sometimes, Cats Herd You March 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

That’s one lucky mouse with so many cats in residence! Our CB calendar is at the head peep’s office, so she’ll let Lisbeth’s photo brighten her Monday morning.
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Charles Huss March 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

Having rodents in the house can be a problem because the could possibly chew on the electrical wiring. We had a rat living in the walls when me moved in. He had come in from where the kitchen pipes go into the wall under the sink and was after our garbage that we kept under the sink. I tried sealing the hole with “Great Stuff” foam sealant but he chewed through that. I found him inside our garbage can one morning so I placed a cutting board on top of it, carried it outside and dumped him in the yard. I then nailed some pieces of wood over the hole and moved the garbage can.

Now we just get the occasional lizard in the house which doesn’t last long three lizard catchers around.
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Sammy March 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

I was cheering the little dude on! Talk about knowing no fear with all those kitty noses and paws around!! I’ve never had a REAL mouse to “talk to” (haha) but my Mom wonders if I’d want to adopt it or murdulate it…..something tells me she’ll never know!

Happy Sunday!
Hugs, Sammy
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Leia & Toby March 9, 2014 at 7:12 am

Our mom totally flipped out when we had one. We thought it was foolish enough for mousey to choose a house with two cats but EIGHT???? Talk about error in judgement.
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Molly The Wally March 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

Mousers! We too would be on stake out over here. We have troubles with them in October time when they look for Winter residences and I am always on patrol. They certainly not welcome in our crib.
Have a serene Sunday and get in some big easy today.
Best wishes Molly

The Swiss Cats March 9, 2014 at 5:35 am

Lucky mouse… for this time ! Manage to escape eight cats is an exploit ! What fun for you pals ! Purrs
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Sparkle March 9, 2014 at 5:06 am

I still think somebody ate him!
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Kwee Cats March 9, 2014 at 4:47 am

Oh! Oh! Oooooohhhhhh! We wanna come plaaaaaaayyyyyyy! Mumsy! Someone! Come one, we wanna come play with you guys….. wwwwaaaaaaaaa !!!
You guys enjoy, we guess we’ll just sit here and watch.
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speedyrabbit March 9, 2014 at 3:38 am

I kinda hope he did escape to live another day,xx Speedy
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Lone Star Cats March 9, 2014 at 3:27 am

Wish a mousie would come in here – then I could catch it!

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Moggiepurrs March 9, 2014 at 12:46 am

I, for one, am happy when a feline living in my home traps a mouse or a bug. I figure they are earning their keep. I mean, if they can’t pay in cash then being on bug and rodent patrol is the next best thing, right?
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prancer pie March 9, 2014 at 12:43 am

You made him look huge in that first pic. MOL! What a great evening’s entertainment. Too bad it ended without dinner. Heh-heh.

Have a great Sunday!
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Katnip Lounge March 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Yup, critters don’t last long here either! Happy Hunting!
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Spitty the Kitty March 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Guess what? We *did* miss that bag of Greenies! ::horrors:: We were so excited by all the bounty we got carried away–Thank Cod we had not disposed of the BOX! And we had NO IDEA your Mom had painted the bowl her very own self–that makes it even more precious! We updated our post, too! Now EVERYONE is going to want a bowl of their own, you know.

So, a mousy mystery, eh? Well, sometimes the world is an enigma!
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