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November 23, 2011

I defy anyone to not feel that small mice are cuddlesome when they sit about in your bathroom, practicing to be voyeurs when they’ve grown up a bit.

Our cat, who knows he’s a cat and does things like hunt, keeps catching mice, bringing them inside in a slightly sucked condition and then releasing them as a toy to play with later. I think he prefers to hunt indoors now Autumn has arrived properly. In the last few days I’ve caught and released four and himself put a baby one out last night and another adult tonight. It’s eyes were so wide they were halfway down its face.

My preferred method is to corral the cats in a separate area and put my hand down until the mouse hops onto it. That way they are a bit less stressed and don’t bite.

Harry Mouse


This mouse which I’ve christened Harry, spent a harrowing morning being chased and sucked before it ended up in the bathroom where I could shut the cats out. It was very still and so I had a chance to draw while it calmed down a bit.

It was very cute with huge liquid eyes and almost translucent toes. Its little face was whiffley with a couple of whiskers making a break for freedom. It was actually a little burst of happiness for me though probably not for Harry. I was quite sorry to have to let it go. It was so light it felt as though I was closing my hand over nothing.

I took the precaution of letting it go next to our neighbours spiky hedge so it would have good cat cover. I hope we don’t get any more tonight or tomorrow as I’m a bit tired of sacking the cats.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2011 9:09 pm

    this mouse is so cute! It looks alive, great work!

  2. November 23, 2011 9:35 pm

    My little cat is just as naughty!

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