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Mouse Brains and the Hunt is On!
Mouse Hunt
And no mouse zombies in sight to clean them up for us! (Not sure if mice get mad, so not letting the dogs eat the brains.)

Backing up a bit. Yes, not a humorous fictional entry.

It's mouse season again, but this year's mice seem smaller than they have in the past. Not sure what that means. I saw a tiny in the pantry the other, but the subject of this entry was upstairs last night. Critter was getting ready for bed last night, and when he entered the bathroom, as he swung the door closed behind him, a tiny mouse tried to ran out past him, at the hinge side of the door. In a very unfortunate coincidence of timing, the mouse was trapped between the door and the door jamb. Squished.

Flar and Tigger helped Critter clear away the tiny mouse corpse, but the corpse was not intact. There was a tiny blood spatter on the door, the linoleum inside the bathroom, and the carpet outside the bathroom. Critter cleaned the spatter and was saddened to find a tiny mouse brain lodged in the crevice between the carpet and the linoleum.

Critter was really rattled. He is just not cut out for killing. He draws the line at wasps, but anything larger really bothers him, whether welcome in the house, or not. We talked about it a bit, and he calmed down after a while enough to sleep.

We none of us dislike mice, really. They are cute creatures, with quivery whiskers and soft round ears. Often quite clever in evading traps and the like. But much to our distaste, they are destructive and leave behind messes. The scotties try to keep their incursions to a minimum, but there are occasionally egregious violations which call out for sterner methods. When a mouse ran over my hand one night in bed a few years ago, we banned bed-time snacking and instituted a hunt. When the pantry was overrun, we took action.

It seems that once again, the hunt is on.

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I could have, wait, I did write a similar post a few weeks back when our mousies were looking for a warm winter home. We ended up killing 5 and haven't seen any since. Our dog, Izzy, is a mini schnauzer and is supposed to be catching and killing them but she doesn't seem to interested.

All of our dogs are highly interested in hunting mice. Dizzy has the most captures to her name. She will drop the mouse on command, but generally her jaws are too much for the frail beings. The best I can say is that it is a quick, efficient death.

Together, the dogs make an effective pack in the backyard. They've cornered and killed a rabbit, and most unfortunately, a skunk.

Izzy has caught a cat by the tail, and a baby posssum out back. Since we crate her at night she doesn't have as much chance to catch the mice.

We're thinking of getting a puppy. Sometimes I think dogs are better at killing things than cats!

It very much depends on the individual animal. I've met people with cats who were excellent mousers, and I've met my share of Garfields, who appear to make friends with them.

We had an electric can opener with a cord cubby-hole in the back of it. Apparently the mice used to live in there because when I picked it up to clean it, about 35-40 little mouse turds poured out of the cubby hole! Upon further inspection, there were many more "gifts" in there, along with some chewed cord. Pity it didn't chew the whole way through the cord...

I still haven't gotten around to buying a new can opener yet.

Yep. These are the sorts of destructive tendencies that have banned mice from our house.

Yep. I'd be happy to leave the critters alone, but when I find all my kitchen towels in the drawer covered in mouse piss & turds, it's all over.

I have dogs, but the mice stay behind furniture and can navigate behind the cabinetry, etc. Plus they are amazing climbers, I have no idea how. So I set out the old fashioned killing traps. And I have a firm policy on keeping all food in containers in the pantry now -- no boxes and no plastic bags, period...

Agreed on that one. We now have to put all of our boxed foods in containers because somehow bugs keep getting into the boxes. They're like little gray potato bugs, and they shed their skin like a snake.

Funny, but it only happens in Walmart's "Great Value" boxes. Think it's something wtih GV or with the cabinet?

Funny, but it only happens in Walmart's "Great Value" boxes. Think it's something wtih GV or with the cabinet?

Gosh *ponders*
That's a toughie *ponders some more*

I've definitely noticed that certain brands and/or sources are of lesser quality than others. I absolutely refuse to patronize Walmart :-P.

Yep, secure plastic and tin canisters, glass jars; it's the way to go!

Mice are super cute... but they are certainly not the clean little rodents my rabbits are. If only they'd use a litterbox (and avoid eating MY food)! Thankfully, no mouse has dared enter my home since Whitney, the Diva-Huntress Kitty took over.

Mouse brains? Ewwwwwww.

Yep, mouse brains are quite small.

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