Kitty On The Hunt

Kitty is never ever allowed onto the kitchen counters or table.

So she waits until we are in bed to do unauthorized exploring. Grrrr…  BAD Kitty!

Anyway, the other evening as I was eating supper, and Harland was out in the field, Kitty hopped upon the counter, intently listening to something inside the wall.


No doubt it’s probably a mouse. Ours is an old house, and so this happens from time to time, providing hours of free entertainment for Kitty.

Our recent cold snap is probably the reason for the mouse’s invasion. Last week we had shirtsleeve weather, but this week our temperatures plummeted down about 20 degrees below normal.

We don’t usually see morning temps like this until January:


And now they’re calling for snow tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I shoveled snow in November.

But back to Kitty: I didn’t tell her to get off the kitchen counter while she was on the hunt. If the mouse does manage to make it into the house, I want her to dispatch it, and so I don’t want discourage her hunting.

If the mouse decides to come to our side of the wall, he doesn’t stand a chance:




Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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13 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    We’ve had a bad spell of them here lately but between the electronic devices plugged in, poison, and traps it looks like we may have won this round. No Kitty to help at my house! Stay warm till it moderates next week.

  2. I hope Kitty gets the critter.
    Super cold for us too. Can’t believe we’re suppose to have snow by morning. I do remember a blizzard one year the day before Thanksgiving in 1992. Big drifts and everything. That was the Thanksgiving before we got married so it was memorable.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Go Kitty, GO! 🙂
    I hope if the mouse does come into the house, she’ll find the rascal! I don’t like having mice in the house!

    I don’t envy you that cold weather! We’ve had a day and a half of rain, amounting to over 1 1/2″, while my sisters in the Puget Sound area have had clear, cold weather! It’s supposed to get colder here, too, now.

  4. rebecca says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Harland an Kitty!
    Stay warm and safe.
    Florida hugs,

  5. Carol says:

    A cat on patrol is priceless. My cat inspects every nook and cranny before going to bed. I thought she was paranoid, then I found mice presents. Sure enough my cat knew what she was meowing about. Now I take her seriously, when she jumps up and meows in my face, I follow her! Kitty is a good girl to have around, does she curl up in your lap?

  6. Kerry says:

    Get em Kitty! She’s such a cutie. So determined! I can relate to the nasty weather. We’re in Minnesota and had a pretty good snow storm on Monday. So? I’ve spent the week keeping the bird feeders stocked and…getting some baking done. Love the smell of banana bread fresh out of the oven. Stay warm and cozy.

  7. Linda says:

    Aren’t they fun to watch? I don’t have mice (that I know of) but we do have the huge palmetto bugs. They look enough like roaches to evoke the “Ewwwww” response, but they really aren’t. Dixie Rose will track any of them that get in the house, and more than once I’ve been wakened by the meows at night. I come out to see what’s up, and there she is, with her paw on the thing. Good kitties!

    We’ve been a little raw and cold, but there’s rain in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Then? Another front — this one carrying a bit of Kansas with it. There are gale warnings for the bays and offshore for Monday/Tuesday, which means 35-40 knots at least. Yee-haw!

  8. Haven says:

    Good kitty! Earning her room & board! 🙂

  9. Lorraine says:

    She’s just doing her job! It is nice when the weather gets cold and the only reason they curl up on you is for your warmth. Of coarse they don’t mention that. Our Sparkle is just the same way. This is the little man, that is trying to live on deli meat and meat scraps from the table. Of coarse he has a bowl of food on demand and he and his brother split a can of cat food per night.

    I hope Miss Kitty finds her prize……..Maybe she’ll give it to you for your Thanksgiving dinner?

  10. Lorraine says:

    I figured I would see Miss Kitty with her apron and cooking utensils and a recipe on how to make mouse pie…. Have a nice Thanksgiving!! Your Buffalo transplant to Kentucky reader.

  11. yvonne daniel says:

    I don’t know where the post is about taking in another cat but this is as a good as any spot, I suppose.

    When bringing in a new cat these are the steps if you care to go this route.

    1. confine new cat in a bathroom or unused room of your home.
    2. Keep litter box, food and water in the room but keep food and water away from litter box.
    3. Fix a nice warm bed in box and use a brooder lamp of such to suspend over the box if there is no heat if this is a young cat or one that newlhy weaned from it’s mama/
    4. Allow the cats to sniff each other under the door. can bring out new cat for brief supervised times. Allow your older cat to sniff the new one but do not allow any swatting.
    5. Remove the new cat’s bedding daily and then put it in the bed of the older house cat. Do this for several weeks so that the older cat can get the smell/odor of the new cat.
    6.This may seem like lots of work but actually it is not. Two or more cats are nice to have in the home. Get the new cat vaccinated prior to neuter/spay. Wait about 2-3 weeks after vaccination before getting the young cat “fixed.”

    Good luck,
    Best regards,

    • Suzanne says:

      We’re waiting for Muffin to feel a little better before he gets his shots and “fixing”. Thanks Yvonne for all your advice, will use it all.

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