Would You Rescue A Mouse Your Cat Brought To You, Or Run Away Screaming?
December 13, 2009 6:51pm CST
Fortunately, my own cat is 98% an indoor feline and she seems more interested in frightening off her neighbouring moggies than chasing rodents when outdoors. However, it is a different story at Mum's house! She has 2 cats, a mother and daughter combination that roam around her very large garden. These cats are very cute but in the summertime well, to be frank, they are killers (or try to be). The fun part, for them, is chasing their prey and playing with it rather than killing it outright, which is kinda cruel! Anyway, one day I was at my Mum's. She was at the sink and she suddenly screamed "Mouse!" as the back door was open due to it being a lovely day. I looked over from where I was sitting and - sure enough - there was the tiniest mouse dumped at the doorway with both cats flanking it, waiting for it to move so they could pounce on it again. I wasn't having any of this. "Poor mouse!" I thought so I proceeded to take a closer look at it. Aww, it was sooo small!! Panting too so obviously still alive but it had its eyes closed to try and deceive the cats. I took the opportunity to pick the mouse up, using a tea-towel. Then I sat down on the chair with the tea-towel/mouse on my lap to see if it revived. I also stroked its tiny head with my finger and, to my amazement it opened its eyes and started moving about on the tea-towel. There were some seeds in the house so I fed it a few of the tiniest ones and it responded to those as well! I was so pleased about this that I decided to rescue this cute little creature and place it in the front garden, inbetween Mum's and her neighbour, under a small shrub. It scurried off! I took a risk letting the mouse go in that particular location as Mum's cats don't venture out into the front garden but other stray cats do visit the next neighbour along from there so I'm hoping that the mouse managed to stay alive long enough to evade capture from those furry fiends as well lol. :-)
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• United Kingdom
14 Dec 09
Well I am not keen on Mice but I have to admit when I had my 4 Cats and they brought one in I would try to rescue it and let it go again but it was not always easy This has always been one of things I did not and do not like about Cats as much as I love Cats is the hunting and killing, I know it is in their Nature but I don't like it I am glad that you managed to save the Mouse and I hope it got away from all the Cats
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Dec 09
Most house cats love to play with rodants because to them its a constantly-moving toy. They aren't out to kill it they just want to play with it. It is rare that they will actually kill them. However, they might injer them and if it is bad enough the creature may end up dying. As for the question at hand, yes I would and have rescued such creatures from our cats. It wasn't a mouse per say, but it was a rat. regardless it was a smaller living creature. Our cat Gaberial, had caught it and was walking through the living room with it in his mouth. He was an Americain short hair ourange taby. It's in their nature to actually do harm. So to see him walking around with it like a trophy was no suprise to us. Well anyway, i carefully picked up gaberial and took him outside. Once outside I put him down and made him drop the rat. The rat was injered and had run off. I don't think it lasted long, but it was better then watching Gaberal perrade it around and cause it to suffer more then it already had.
• United States
14 Dec 09
Hi, Janey1966. That was very kind of you to rescue this mouse like you have. But, unfortunately I don't have a great word for an mouse. I would rather to catch them with a mouse trap. I had about 13 mice in our old trailer. The landlord failed to spray in there. So, we had waterbugs, flies and mice... It was so disgusting. The mice left behind rat feces and all. When we would get up in the mornings, there would be rat mess all over the kitchen counters. So, my husband had set many traps for them. He killed them all. I have always known rats to carry germs. If I was to ever have a mouse, it would be kept in a cage for observation only.