I woke up around midnight to shuffling in the corner of my studio. I had fallen asleep with the tv on so I could see both cats in the corner doing something. It's no good when the cats are doing "something" in the corner. It's like two kids that just found matches. I sit up to get a better look and that's when I see something tiny go running across the floor with both cats taking off after it.
A fucking mouse.
I immediately yell to Bosco "Don't touch it! You just got over tape worm!" Bosco ignores me and comes to a sliding stop around the area where the mouse ran to. Mr. Binx is sitting right near him. I throw off my blankets and turn on the light. I get down on my hands and knees trying to see if I can find the mouse. I don't have a plan. It's not like I can catch it but I feel like when you see a mouse you at least look for it. The mouse is no where to be found.
Now I'm freaking out because I don't want Bosco to eat another flea from a mouse and get a tape worm again. My other thought is - has he eaten a mouse before? How else would he ingest a mouse flea? I mean good job for being super mouser cat but I'd prefer that he not get tape worm again.
I'm hoping that the cats are scaring the mice away. Bosco can spot a bug a mile away. Anything moving (or not moving) that is alive he will attempt to get it. If I hadn't stepped in I'm sure Bosco would have killed the mouse. I would have let him except that I don't want him to get a tape worm again from a damn mouse flea.
I haven't seen any signs of mice. No mouse poop on any of the counters, floor or shelves in the kitchen. No holes in cereal boxes. I know the signs because I've lived through a mouse infestation before. I don't hate mice. I use to have pet mice. But I don't want them in my apartment.
Apparently mice don't like the smell of peppermint. Maybe I should buy some old candy canes left over from Christmas and hide them around my apartment. Or even better, get the cats to eat candy canes so when they open their mouths they have fresh breath and keep the mice away.
So mouse. Go tell all your mouse friends "There are two cats there guys. One has the eyes of a hawk and is really large. The other one is smaller but a good backup. There also seems to be a candy cane infestation. Let's find another human to terrorize."