Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 12/09/2015


Photo taken on July 10, 2015


See also...

Tolerance Tolerance



Keywords

cats
cat ski touring
Peter Grubb Hut


Authorizations, license

Visible by: Everyone
All rights reserved

201 visits

Cat Ski Touring, last page

Cat Ski Touring, last page
(Finishing a photo story about a strange ski trip, long ago.)

Our two proven mousers were thrilled by the smells and rustlings in Peter Grubb Hut and were there for 3 nights. Yet they failed completely at mouse eradication. Not a single catch except for one success by easygoing Morris. This is the only scenario I could think of in his case: A clueless young mouse was just passing by when Morris yawned. The hapless rodent saw what it thought was a mouse-sized pink cave with white stalactites, and ran in.

Why did the great ski hut mouse-reduction plan fail? Three adult humans with sixteen years of college between them sat together on the bench behind the stove and tried to figure it out.

My theory was this: Cats have strong feelings about their territories. Witness the cats who return to their former houses when their people move away. Morris and Ophelia were now away from their territory, visiting someone else’s house. Tempting as it was, cat etiquette forbade them to catch the owner’s mice...whoever that owner might be.

Their mothers brought them up well, and they obeyed the rules. We could only guess what was going on in their heads.

On the last morning, Morris watched until he saw the baby all done up in her carrier, then presented himself to be packed. Ophelia stayed close, but was not totally happy when she was scooped up and added to the cardboard box. She was allowed to run the last two miles to the car.

We skied to the highway without incident and made the long drive home. The next morning there were two gift mice in front of my kitchen door.

The End.

(Thanks for putting up with these very old photos. The entire story is in my album, “Cat Ski Touring”. Click on Albums, above.)

LutzP, RQ 01012015, tiabunna and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


10 comments - The latest ones
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Wonderful capture and terrific theory!
20 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Nice story.
20 months ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
Cats are just little balls of fur-covered quandary.
20 months ago.
Tim Hanko
Tim Hanko
Another terrific story, Laurie. Don't take too long before the next one. :)
20 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
I've enjoyed the story, Laurie, and agree with Tim.
20 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Wonderful and heartening and chock full of feel good factor !

I think you are right too about the "why"

Thankyou Laurie for another wonderful story !
20 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
An interesting conclusion to the tale, Laurie. Agreed, more please. :-)
20 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
See, there is practical value in college education!

Wonderful cat-a-logging...
20 months ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
A very enjoyable story, with good accompanying photos.
20 months ago.