Bump in the night (or you had ONE job)

There are three cats in my rural home. They are all fully functional and quite well catered to. It took them over 48 hours to simply flush a mouse.

One day, Ziggy was paying a lot of attention to one of the return air grates for our furnace. So, being the best cat assistant I could, I grabbed a screwdriver and opened the grate. She grabbed the resident mouse and took off.

I was able to confine her in the laundry room with the mouse. By then, Ruby and Mojo had joined in on the chase. So I closed the door and expected to return shortly to find three triumphant felines and the spoils of their efforts.

When I returned, three cats were peering under the washer.

Okay, so we wait.

First night, nothing.

And we wait.

The next night, in the middle of the night, there was a commotion. The mouse had been cornered by all 3 cats in the powder room. So I closed the door to the tiny room and expected to return shortly . . . (see above).

I had to open the door because Ziggy was scratching to be let out of the room. Apparently she was bored.

I just left the door open and figured we’d have to set a trap to look after our unwanted guest.

When I walked into the dining room this morning before my coffee, the cats were sitting in a circle, and there was the punch-drunk mouse, crouched in the middle, plotting its next move.

They had ONE job.

Why Cats?

I think this is an important question for the cat lovers we’ll meet here, so I’d better answer.

Cats are inscrutable, delightful, and frustratingly independent. Their playfulness and acrobatic skill is entrancing.

Do they improve our health? Maybe. There have been studies since the 1980’s showing what we would consider positive health effects, such as lower blood pressure, when we are near cats. More recent research questions the long-term benefits, so a clear answer is probably not available.

But that doesn’t matter to me.

I love cats. Their duality — soft and sharp, cuddly and aloof, sleepy and devilish — appeals to my curiosity.

They are lovely pets, and I feel they help me to raise children with a sense of responsibility and compassion.

There’s nothing like the purr of a cat to make a cool day a little warmer.

I couldn’t imagine my life without these furry little creatures darting about and giving orders when the bottom of the food bowl is visible.

And that’s me and cats.

How about you and cats?