Daily Photo: Morning Mousie Mayhem

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Tiny mousie way in the corner holds off The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse.

Only one thing could ever keep the Big Four Fantastic Purring Wake Up Committee from discharging its duty of good-naturedly pulling the covers off me and that would be…a mousie in the bathroom, at which point they become the Four Housecats of the Apocalypse, at least to the mousie (from Facebook this morning).

A tiny terrified field mouse, who did not get to the second floor under her own power, hides in the corner clutching onto one of Mr. Sunshine’s wooden clothespins, perhaps considering using it for a weapon. None of them could reach her back in this corner though all could see her, and I think she did pretty well considering the abilities of The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse on her tail.

I am impossible to awaken, but once I’m awake I’m up for good, and some cats know this even if I don’t open my eyes or move or anything at all. I so love their antics at trying to get me out of bed, like the Lilliputians with Gulliver, that I will stubbornly lie there face down and let them work hard for their breakfast because they are so cute I start the day with a good laugh. Mr. Sunshine digs out one of my hands to gnaw on my knuckles, then proceeds to peel the covers back, Jelly Bean digs through my hair to find my face, Giuseppe gets his whiskers into my face and gives me a good tickle in the nose and Mewsette marches all over me kneading with all four paws, all the while a loud communal purr from each of them mingling. Who would interrupt such a performance?

But this morning I awoke and was alone. And no cats came to pull me out of bed. I could see Mimi on the wardrobe on the landing, and I could hear the others, and it was immediately obvious to me what what keeping them.

This was the scene when I walked in the bathroom this morning (yes, I sleep with my camera).

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Morning Mousie Mayhem, what I saw when I entered the bathroom this morning.

I took a few more photos then pulled the cabinet out from the corner and though JB got in there and grabbed the mousie I got the mousie from him and put her in a tall plastic cup. She moved around but did not attempt to jump, but I still got a piece of cardboard for the top just in case. And I walked out into the frosty 21-degree morning in my bathrobe and nightie and bare feet, all the way out to the corner of the yard, and let the mousie loose right next to the base of my compost pile which is quite warm and cozy for a frightened little mousie, especially with a storm coming. No sign of the mousie later; I didn’t see any blood or puncture wounds so I hope for the best for the little thing. And that she can’t find her way back across the yard to my basement.

But they spent the time between naps most of the day looking for her. “Just doing our job!” they said. They do usually bring the mousie to me, and I was fairly impressed that they worked together to get the mousie at least upstairs to the bathroom. Four great minds…

I don’t know if they are daredevils or it’s some sort of mousie gang ritual, or if they really can’t tell they are entering a house that’s been full of cats for over 20 years. I generally say they need to be taken out of the gene pool if they want their species to survive.

 


Announcing the 2013 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards!

An awful lot of bloggers bring you an awful lot of information and entertainment each day.
If you enjoy what you read, here’s a way to thank them all!

You have the chance to nominate your favorite blogs in 12 different categories, and a panel of professionals judge the finalists you’ve chosen.

Nominations are now open, through 3:00 PM EST Friday, March 8.

The categories are:

  • Best Blog Design: judged on overall design elements of the blog homepage/landing page.
  • Best Blog Writing: judged on overall writing skill – is the message clear to the reader? Is the writing well-done? Is the blog post free of errors?
  • Best Humor Blog: judged on overall sense of humor – does it make us laugh?
  • Best Bark Blog: judged on the content as it applies to dogs and dog parents.
  • Best Meow Blog: judged on the content as it applies to cats and cat parents.
  • Best Wiggle Blog: judged on focus of blog toward non-traditional pets (i.e. ferrets, guinea pigs, chickens, etc.)
  • Best New Blog: less than one year old, with good content and engagement.
  • Best Cause Blog: judged on message, purpose and results as demonstrated on the blog.
  • Best Video on a Blog: judged independently (one video per blog); is it well done, focused, creative and purposeful?
  • Best Photo on a Blog: judged independently (one photo per blog); is it well done, focused, creative and purposeful?
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I have my favorites who I read each day! I’m sure you do too, so click on over to BlogPaws, read the information, and vote!
It’s one way we can thank them for providing quality content we enjoy reading, day in and day out.

Here is the information you will need about The Creative Cat:

Blog Homepage: www.TheCreativeCat.net

Contact Name for Blog Owner: Bernadette Kazmarski

Contact Email for the Blog Owner: bernadette@bernadette-k.com

As part of the nomination you are requested to explain in a few sentences why you’ve chosen your nominee.

 

Click here to go to the nomination page.

 

Mimi and her Fantastic Four children, as well as Cookie and Kelly, and Peaches and Namir and all the members of my feline household, and all the kitties whose stories you’ve shared and who’ve found homes through our readers thank you, even if we are not your nominee, because you help all of us.


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Bernadette

From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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