Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I'm too tired to give this post a clever headline

Why am I so tired, you ask? My cat Maggie has this new thing she does; when she's bringing an animal into the house, she does this whimper-meow sort of noise that she doesn't make any other time. So I always know when she's bringing in the kill, and her little announcements can cut right through a sound sleep.

Last night it was a mouse, and it wasn't dead yet. It wriggled out of her jaws and darted under a piece of furniture in the living room. A piece too big to move. I tried to scare it out with a broom, opened the front door so it could run to freedom, tried everything I could think of at 3:45 a.m. No mousie. So I went back to bed, figuring one of the cats would catch it, and I'd deal with it in the morning.

As soon as I was nodding off to sleep again, Gilda (other kitty)jumped up into my bed with the mouse and started to chase it around ON MY BED. I managed to trap the poor thing under a dishtowel and scoop it up and fling it to safety outdoors. Jesus.

I'm switching the pet door to the "out only" setting tonight. They'll be able to go out but not come back in. Then the Merry Murderesses will just have to play with their victims outdoors whilst I catch up on my sleep.

10 comments:

Steven Koehler said...

Was the piece of furniture a certain Entertainment Center, damn I miss that thing.

pnlkotula said...

Oh my - my heart couldn't take that!

Janine Serresseque said...

You know, Creve, as I typed that, I wondered if you'd know exactly what I was talking about, and YOU DID! How funny! I hope you're having a lovely summer!

Robyn O'Neill said...

When Ned brought the almost dead squirrel in through the dog door, I took the damn thing out completely. His fat ass is now on house arrest.

Of course, I can no longer stagger home drunk in an evening gown and crawl through it when I break my key in the door. Remember that?

pnlkotula said...

Oh what I wouldn't give for video of THAT!

Jacquie said...

OMG!!! Tonight at 3AM when I get up to pee...I will think of you and wonder if you are up too.

Joy W. said...

I would have messed myself!!!
I have to admit, though, reading about it made me giggle!!!

JB said...

OMG - I once woke up with a dead mouse in my bed that the cat had brought to me - the cat was so proud of his gift -
I don't have cats anymore.

debra said...

Yep, I so could not handle that. Luckily, Harlow is a very inept huntress...and the other two kit cats don't get out much. Janine, my hat off to you for dealing with your kittie's, um, generosity.

Janine Serresseque said...

JB, we share 2 dead animal stories and that gives me pause. Or should I say paws?