You know that if a cat appears to be meditating by staring into the corner of a room that something must be in that corner. Tucked behind a bookshelf back to the wall was Mousie, looking quite wholesome and undamaged. I think Simba Fangcat brought it in for a game or perhaps we have mice in the walls (as opposed to Wolves in the Walls -a favourite children’s picture book of mine, especially the illustrations).
It took me an hour to sort out the situation with everyone surviving intact. I mean catching the mouse took a relatively short period of time. Guide Mousie towards container and pop container over. The rest of the time was spent finding a suitable container, moving items off the top of the bookshelf, clearing the area, putting the cat out and blocking the catflap with a bin, finding something to encourage the mouse out of the corner and a light to track progress behind the bookshelf, and finding a glove in case I needed to grab it on the way. I also had to find a piece of card that would fit over the container which was two floors up in the attic studio. At one point in trying to encourage Mousie out he was straddling wall and bookshelf in the gap like a furry mountain climber in a ravine.
Mousie Makes his Getaway
After dispatching Mousie to the far end of the garden I had to get the cat who had now come outside back in again or else I might to repeat the procedure over again. I still had all the stuff to put back and away….whilst Simba got back into his basket to continue his nap as if nothing has happened.