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A little mouse just crawled by my legs. The kind of thing you catch on the periphery of vision, unsure if you're seeing right, almost unwilling to turn your head to check in the hopes it will go away. but there it was .. once I moved, it darted away. Sitting here solitary and reading at my computer, it must not have noticed my presence at all.

Have you ever had a pest infestation? and how did you get rid of it? I'm thinking about a 'humane' trap, since it would probably do better to get eaten by a cat or something in the area around my apartment, but I don't want it to get back in. Are these things useful? Or should I just get something that snaps its neck?

Chris, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I have THE advice for this thread.

We had rats in our house last year, yes I know it was disgusting. The fuckers used to make so much noise scurrying round in the attic and stuff. anyway we tried traps and caught about three in a row, then a friend recommended this little plug in sonar thing you buy at hardware shops that makes a high pitched noise driving rats, and I presume mice, away.

It worked perfectly, no problems since. It was quite cheap too.

Ronan, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Many years ago, I lived in a house that had a couple of mice.

We discovered they couldn't abide New Order's "Substance" or Brian Eno's "Before and After Science."

I got very familiar with those two albums that summer.

Douglas, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link


Mike Hanle y, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

There is a pest in my house, he's called FatNick. Based on my experiences with him I advocate the most inhumane methods available.

DG, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Surely you wouldnt play Brian Eno at your own brother? it's inhumane enough to mice but come on, noone deserves that.

Ronan, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I was playing something drum-and-bass oriented, Love Spirals Downward's "Flux." If anything, it must have been DRAWN by the deep bass and swirly keyboards .. it literally walked RIGHT BY my feet.

Maybe it was lonely.

Chris, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

One day I was in the dooryard picking rocks, and a mole went up my pant leg. :( I thought my dog was nudging me, as I didn't see the mole. When I realized the dog was not insight I still felt the nudge! I was afraid of getting bitten then and I I got out of the pants right there and ran into the house. I felt that thing for at least a week! Yipes! I still shudder about that one!

Gale Deslongchamps, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Hi Gale! US moles must be a thousand times cheekier than UK moles, which would NEVER behave so brazenly!

mark s, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

...especially if they don't get the hint after feeling up one's pant legs for an entire week. Yowza, Gale, did you properly admonish that dirty little animal?

Brian MacDonald, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Hi Mark S, I'm in Canada but you are close enough lol.

Gale Deslongchamps, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

ronan - do you know if the sound frequency thing scares away ants?

maryann, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Can't tell someone's a critic.


Ben, Sunday, 6 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Ronans Pest advice says no, we also had an ant problem and we used this ant killing powder and a hoover. That's not quite so humane but it's way more fun.

Ronan, Sunday, 6 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Lol The mole stayed outside! When i took off the pants, we both took off in different directions... T.G.! I just thout I felt it for a week! Brrr

Gale Deslongchamps, Monday, 7 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

one year passes...

I lived on a farm for a few years growing up and we had a major rat problem. For the first few nights, I sat up in bed wide-eyed as I watched them run across the far wall.

Sarah McL (coco), Wednesday, 12 February 2003 19:46 (twenty years ago) link

I had mice in the house, and found that being really scrupulous about packing all food away and keeping every clean has seen them off. Ironically, I am now contemplating getting some pet rats cos I am lonely.

isadora (isadora), Thursday, 13 February 2003 05:28 (twenty years ago) link

Oh, Isadora, pet rats are most wonderful! I HIGHLY recommend them - just get them young - just weaned, preferably, and they'll bond to you fast and think of you as another rat and therefore a friend and someone to play with. My favorite rat used to play fetch and stuff - her cage door was wired open and she roamed the house, returning to her cage for food and water and to relieve herself. But she usually slept in my closet or my sock or lingerie drawer. And some nights she'd crawl across the bed and sleep on my pillow. She was incredible! When I'd come home, she'd come running down the hallway and climb-up the outside of my pantleg until she reached my hip, at which point I'd lift her to my shoulder, where she'd sit and try to clean my face as I put away groceries and the such. (And she'd climb-up on the counter, by pulling herself over drawer handles, to reach the groceries, which she'd investigate and then haul off whatever she wanted.)

I am rambling - sorry - but yes, really, do get a rat or two!

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Thursday, 13 February 2003 06:24 (twenty years ago) link

Well, I've a mouse in the house as well...
My house is a perfect chase...the holes for the radiator pipes are huge. I've bought steel wool and caulk to fill the holes (they won't eat through steel wool)..I'm getting around to it awfully soon.

I've been keeping food wrapped, but still sometimes it'll eat into the bread bag.

As for ants which we tend to get in the summer, I'm a believer in white vinegar... spray it where you think they come in... they won't. Has to be redone every few days to a week, but I like having vinegar around a lot more than poison.

nick ring (nick ring), Thursday, 13 February 2003 07:26 (twenty years ago) link

Ooh...thanks for the ant-prevention tip, Nick - we get several different types here, at different times during the year. And I won't put out poison, but I'd like to keep them out of the kitchen.

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Thursday, 13 February 2003 08:15 (twenty years ago) link

we had a plague of mice. Melissa found an itching down her pajama pants, had a look and...oops, out he jumped. The notice board had them both smoking in bed the next day. Then Julie found one squashed to the bottom of the handbag she'd carried all day at work. The next day she woke up and was fishing for a bit of steel wool in the sink soaking wok. When she found it...it wasn't actually steel wool but a drowned one... We got an air rifle, sat drunkenly at night taking pot shots as they marauded.
Then we moved.

gaz (gaz), Thursday, 13 February 2003 09:42 (twenty years ago) link

Wow, that's a gross story, gaz. Reminds me of when I lived with my mom and two sisters in a garage for a couple of months and would have to stand guard fending off huge cockroaches.

We had a pet rat once - a lab rat we name Malty. He was pretty. Beige & cream colored.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Thursday, 13 February 2003 16:43 (twenty years ago) link

gaz has given me THE FEAR.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 13 February 2003 16:46 (twenty years ago) link

I have kept pet rats in the past too Laura. We never got as far as fetch, but they would come when called and always run up to lick yr face when you came in the room (not popular with unsuspecting guests). Ok, you have strengthened my resolve, thank you. Do you think its true that females smell less than males?

isadora (isadora), Thursday, 13 February 2003 19:38 (twenty years ago) link

I don't know, isadora - I've only had females. Though my last rat liked to join me in the bath - she'd jump to the rim, then hop onto my knee and walk down my calf until she reached the water - then she'd go for a swim before climbing back out. (And when I'd get out she'd spend her time licking my toes dry - oddest sensation!)

Anyway, I think that rats, by their very nature, will try to keep themselves scentless so as to be harder to scent by predators.

Funniest rat story - my mother was having a dinner party. My rat thought the food smelled good and opened her cage door, crept down the hallway, and then up onto the tabletop (likely scaling the tableleg and then the table cloth). Once on the table she saw someone holding a piece of garlic bread - and went running toward the bread - she grabbed it and continued running down the length of the table until she reached then end, where she launched herself into space and ran back down the hallway and into my bedroom. Needless to day, the dinner party ended rather soon after that, with lots of fairly full plates and plenty of leftovers.

Names of my rats:
Josephine/Little Jo
Portia (the coolest!)
Pepper (current psycho rat - never gentled down - I wanted to name her "blitzkreig" as she leaps and bites unexpectedly, and has a lightening strike mark on her belly)

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Thursday, 13 February 2003 20:03 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Though my last rat liked to join me in the bath - she'd jump to the rim, then hop onto my knee and walk down my calf until she reached the water - then she'd go for a swim before climbing back out.

So you were naked in a bathtub with a rat swimming around? I'm not sure how this makes me feel.

Lingbert, Wednesday, 29 December 2004 09:03 (eighteen years ago) link

I am dealing with rats in the basement currently. There are poisoned traps everywhere, which have been pretty effective so far. Currently steeling my nerves to rip out a bunch of rat-urine-soaked fiberglass insulation. Lord, give me strength. It does NOT smell good down there.

am curious to hear more about this high-pitched rat phear machine. tell me more!!

tobo (tobo), Wednesday, 29 December 2004 16:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I lived with a ROOF-RAT.

LaRue (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 29 December 2004 16:15 (eighteen years ago) link

My friend had rats. One ate the other, then died.

If you're worried about mice, set up a trap, and if you catch one, set it up again. If you haven't caught one after a week or so, you're probably okay.

Sasha (sgh), Wednesday, 29 December 2004 23:49 (eighteen years ago) link

we mistakenly got a pet rat that was already full grown, picture me and my flat mat with blood pissing out of our hands everytime we go near the fucking thing. But bless it, we just can't let her go.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 30 December 2004 12:41 (eighteen years ago) link

flat 'mate' even. funny coz his name is actually matthew.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 30 December 2004 12:48 (eighteen years ago) link

six months pass...
Aagh, I was watching crap TV at about half-past one in the morning last night (uh, well, I guess 'this morning', rather) when I saw A MOUSE. The worst thing was not actually knowing until I saw it a second time whether I had just suddenly gone incredibly insane and started hallucinating (as in the original post, it was completely in the periphery of vision).

We're too wussy to actually know how to deal with this type of situation, so we've just called out pest control to kill the bastard(s). It's a shame, though, as it's actually kind of cute in a fuzzy unhygienic vermin type way.

This is made even worse by the fact that it's just one in a long line of things that are going wrong for me at the moment, compounding the lack of money/breaking up with long-term boyfriend/about to become homeless situation (yes, I guess if we're about to leave then really we should just let the mouse live, but I'm not staying for another month in a place that is infested).


emil.y (emil.y), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:30 (seventeen years ago) link

we get them all the time. and rats. we put out baits. last winter, after heavy rain, i was cleaning out the gutters of leaves and i reached in and - o fuck whats this sqidgy smlly thing i have in my hand. o fuck why is it crawling with maggots?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:42 (seventeen years ago) link

get the plug in thing, it works a charm, and is very cheap!

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:42 (seventeen years ago) link

really ronan? someone else told me same - but doesn't science say otherwide?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:44 (seventeen years ago) link

does science discredit them? cos it worked for us, perhaps it was coincidence but we caught rat after rat in traps and when we got the plug in thing we never had a problem.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:45 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm going to try one then.

fuck just a month ago i'm getting frustrated cos possums are fucking in our ceiling (ever heard possums fuck? its all screeching and running around and hissing - bad b&d) and i got up to move to another room and i'm about to go into the kitchen and in the half light of 2am i spy this fucking rat on the kitchen floor!!! so i creep back out and get a spade and creep back up behind the fucka and WHACK WHACK WHACK. blood and guts everywhere.

i figure he was stoned on the rat bait cos he never moved too fast.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:48 (seventeen years ago) link

oh dear
*backs away slowly*

dahlin (dahlin), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:51 (seventeen years ago) link

does science discredit them?

It must say something terrible about me that when I read this exchange I initially assumed you were discussing a Big Brother contestant's opinion on such matters.

I couldn't bring myself to kill them, particularly not in such a blood'n'guts way - I think I have as much of a problem with dealing with the lifeless body of one as I do with a scurrying scampering one. So, ha, I make someone else do my dirty work for me.

emil.y (emil.y), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:52 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah I wouldn't touch the fuckers after the trap caught them, horrible.

they used to run around in the attic and the first night it happened it sounded like someone was walking around upstairs, very fucking scary.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:54 (seventeen years ago) link

my dear wife cleaned up the body. fair enough - it wasn't like i liked killing it!

fuck ronan they sound like BIG rats!

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 14 July 2005 09:13 (seventeen years ago) link

they were biggish but I think it's just that anything moving in the attic makes alot of creaking!

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 14 July 2005 09:20 (seventeen years ago) link

The mouse man has just been round, and he's pretty sure we've just got a single male who has been kicked out of a nearby nest somewhere further along the street. Which, while being very good news, makes me feel even sadder for the poor little fellow - he's just trying to make it in the bid bad world all on his own, it's hard enough without someone trying to kill you everywhere you go...

emil.y (emil.y), Thursday, 14 July 2005 09:46 (seventeen years ago) link

If by "the plug in thing" you mean the device that emits ultrasound (or infra?), my friends used it and it worked indeed.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 14 July 2005 10:02 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah that's the one! I decribed it upthread back in the day and so felt "the plug in thing" would suffice!

it's funny actually we had to change the setting on it because me and my brother (but not my parents) could hear its barely audible high pitched whirring all around the house.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 14 July 2005 10:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Hey wow my friend nick ring posted up there way back in 2003! I wonder if he still has a mouse in his house.

When I first moved to Denver I was startled by a mouse ambling slowly out into the middle of my empty living room, but more because of the sudden realization that I wasn't alone. It tried to hide in a pile of curtains but I caught it in a shoebox and put it outside. I never saw another one in that apartment. I figured it was lost because in other houses I've lived in that were genuinely infested, the mice would stick to the walls or hidden spots and scurry very quickly, not just stroll out into the middle of rooms.

sgs (sgs), Thursday, 14 July 2005 11:42 (seventeen years ago) link

we had one (well i never saw it, but meg swears) a few weeks back, but it seems to have disappeared, but not until meg had bought some old skool mouse traps (NB we didn't have the guts to set them, maybe mousey just saw them and did one)

CarsmileSteve (CarsmileSteve), Thursday, 14 July 2005 11:49 (seventeen years ago) link

My wife was cooking in the kitchen once and spotted a mouse so she shouted on me.
Me: What do you want me to do?
Me (picking up a frying pan): Uh, okay...
Wife: What are you doing with that?
Me: I was going to hit the mouse with it?
Me: ...

The mouse left of it's own accord, probably to squeak to all his mousemates about the idiot human who watched too many cartoons.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 14 July 2005 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

"the plug in thing"

wow. for a horrible minute i thought my mate jon's electric mousetrap (as discussed, oddly enough, at the glasgow FAP on tuesday) had passed into popular existence.

this is how it worked (or didn't):

- you chop the electrical flex off something, eg a kettle
- you tape the neutral wire to a piece of tinfoil
- you tape the live wire to another piece of tinfoil
- you place the two bits of tinfoil on the floor, near enough that a mouse walking across them would complete the circuit
- you plug this death-trap contraption into the mains
- there's a bang and all your lights go out

mind you: he was driven to desperate measures after finding a mouse in his toaster one morning. after he'd turned the toaster on.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 14 July 2005 12:04 (seventeen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Ahh! I saw a mouse (or two?) scurring around my apartment yesterday. I am kind of hoping it wandered in accidentally.

Im wondering about the ethics of mouse traps but just want the buggers OUT. Il try the sonar thing however other (possibly more scientific) posts on the internet indicate they dont actually work at all. But its worth the try...

mousetrap, Tuesday, 9 August 2005 00:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Somehow a mouse got into our wall the other night. Woke up at 3am to the sound of something clawing at the inside of the bedroom wall. It continued until I had to get up. Little sleep was had. My wife is terrified of mice. Eventually the sounds stopped later than morning. I'd like to think the little critter found his way out, but more likely he perished.

o. nate, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:00 (nine years ago) link

put some putty in a crack in the skirting board. little fucker's not been back. he was getting p f'ing cheeky. coming out at day, staring at me from under my desk. something had to be done.

there was an amusing bit where he was scampering across an open bit of floor, and like a nazi guard I shone my reading light on him, and he paused, mid-step, leg hanging like a dog's paw, looked over, and then hot cha-cha'd behind the plastic storage boxes.

it was charming, but then I remembered suzy's key word "sphincterless" and got the putty out.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 19:15 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

Real bold little fucker is making his way around this kitchen - I thought I saw something in the corner of my eye the other day, now it's confirmed

I had shoved some aluminum foil in various holes behind the cabinets (very old building), and he chewed his way through - so I cut up a beer can and nailed little barriers

Put the pasta in the freezer, cereal & crackers in sealed jars.. but I'm out for blood

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 28 February 2023 21:38 (one month ago) link

(the weather has been wet & cold, maybe he's just looking for somewhere warm to sleep... I've seen no evidence of this particular mouse tearing into anything)

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 28 February 2023 21:39 (one month ago) link

plz have mercy! i vote give the mouse a cookie πŸͺ🐭

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 28 February 2023 23:08 (one month ago) link

I've been reading up-thread about using coarse steel wool to fill in the cracks.. apparently they won't try to chew through that

And I ordered some kind of ultrasonic repeller thing off eBay.. I'm a little doubtful but it was only $5

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 28 February 2023 23:14 (one month ago) link

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than to reach for some pasta from the freezer

calstars, Tuesday, 28 February 2023 23:32 (one month ago) link

plz have mercy! i vote give the mouse a cookie πŸͺ🐭

― The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 28 February 2023 23:08 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

hmm, i think we should wait to hear from poster 'cat' to get a more balanced picture.

ledge, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 10:09 (four weeks ago) link

ulrasonic things do nothing. coarse steel wool is the way to go. i think we sealed it with insulating foam but rat bastards can chew through that. we were terrorised by a rat last winter. chewed through a thick plastic container of oats, my new handbag, all the food. i can still hear the scratching in my sleep, ugh.

kinder, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 10:15 (four weeks ago) link

Deflatormouse, do not read this entire thread!

imago, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 11:15 (four weeks ago) link

you'll want a rat zapper, owltra mouse trap or some other electric trap if you want to catch and kill. load up with some peanut butter filled pretzels and you'll get your guy.

龜, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 15:32 (four weeks ago) link

condolences to Deflatormouse, but the deed is done. Old fashioned Victor snap trap and a little piece of swiss cheese

I discovered that he'd invaded the pantry and pooped and peed everywhere, he had to go

I'm still gonna get some steel wool for the gaps & cracks

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:44 (four weeks ago) link

hmm, i think we should wait to hear from poster 'cat' to get a more balanced picture.

i (belatedly) second the motion to give a mouse a cookie. this will make the mouse plump and juicy, perhaps even cookie-flavored.

but srsly since our cat died in september word has gotten around the rodent community that it's open season on our asses and i've caught like 20 mouses since then? we use the little clear green plastic humane traps, smeared with peanut butter at the far inside end. then we sneak them to a nearby goat farm. i just released one there two days ago, in fact! its name was lil' bit. and i've heard its compatriot rustling in the walls, so once the weather warms again i'll snatch that one up as well. its name will be glimbo.

r.i.p. 2 mousie the grasshopper πŸͺ¦

peaceful abiding clamness (cat), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 22:52 (four weeks ago) link

I'm gonna invest in a live trap for future invaders, but I was desperate and had the old guillotine on hand

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:05 (four weeks ago) link



(^ not actually le glimbeau; yr man don't care for the paparazzi)

i put out the guesthouse last night, and this afternoon glimbus maximus sauntered on in. a while ago i released him at the little hippie goat farm where he'll have lots of space to run and play! just kidding, he'll probs die tonight, cold and scared and alone.

i am becoming too enamored of these feculent plague vectors :( i've been without a real pet for too long and now i'm catching feelings for anything furry & smaw. i want to keep the mice. i want to build them tiny hice. i wanna gather sticks and grass & constuct adorable fairy cottages for them, and cozy little beds of milkweed silk where they can cuddle together, warm and safe, while they dream of mousy things. i want to give them elaborate jungle gyms to play on, and miniature trampolines, and tiny castles of cheese, and and and and

but i cannot. i must not. there are many excellent unarguable-with reasons why this cannot be.

it is kind of bullshit that life has so many inescapable cruelties and u can't really opt out (bar going full jain or etc)

here are a few more nicknames for my lost glimbus:


the royal y'all (cat), Thursday, 9 March 2023 01:09 (three weeks ago) link

I found more tiny turds in the pantry today.. i scrubbed the shelves with vinegar, it was gnarly

I think I have things more or less sealed off for now, but these little bastards...

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 9 March 2023 01:45 (three weeks ago) link

lol yeah mice be poopin

more coarse steel wool stuffed in all yr homes' crevices will help, and thank u for reminding me, now that i am currently mouseless i'd better get on that too

the royal y'all (cat), Thursday, 9 March 2023 01:52 (three weeks ago) link

homes'? well i guess if you happen to have multiple homes under siege then you might as well

the royal y'all (cat), Thursday, 9 March 2023 01:54 (three weeks ago) link

i put the trap out yesterday after two afternoons of a mouse wandering across my field of view as i sat on the sofa. he's quiet, i have to say, his predecessors have always been louder

koogs, Thursday, 9 March 2023 02:32 (three weeks ago) link

Our baby boy kitty caught his first Proper Mouse the other day! And then he didnt know what to do with it! He trotted around the house, dropped it, it played dead then tried to make a run for it, he grabbed it again and I guess killed it.

Then proceeded to dry-heave til we had to take the mouse away from him worried it had rat poison on it (we dont use any).

But yeah let that be a lesson to the rest of yiz, meece.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 9 March 2023 03:27 (three weeks ago) link




good baby kitty, protecting his people from infestation! sounds like mama kitty didn't teach him that u can eat things u catch; iirc all kitties have the instinct to huntcatchkill but if they usually get fed by people then their mama has to show them the eating-yr-prey part (unless they hongrey)

i am awarding baby boy kitty a commemorative golden mouse trophy: πŸ­πŸ†πŸ­

the royal y'all (cat), Thursday, 9 March 2023 04:01 (three weeks ago) link

mice be poopin

hootenanny-soundtracking clusterfucks about milking cows (Neanderthal), Thursday, 9 March 2023 04:06 (three weeks ago) link


the royal y'all (cat), Thursday, 9 March 2023 05:03 (three weeks ago) link

Heh he's not actually a babby anymore, he's 4 and a hulking big lad really :D


Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 9 March 2023 09:30 (three weeks ago) link

oh poo why didnt that work

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 9 March 2023 09:30 (three weeks ago) link

they r precious snoogle babbies furever iirc

OMG THAT BELLY πŸ€πŸ–€πŸ€πŸ–€πŸ€

the royal y'all (cat), Thursday, 9 March 2023 14:57 (three weeks ago) link

Haha I dont know how you managed to make it show, but yeah. He looooves lying on his back and rolling around like a derpa.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 9 March 2023 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

cat bellies have a secret message written on them that means "u cool and i am happy & safe here" <3<3<3

meanwhile in mouse news i slacked off and now it sounds like we almost have enough for a circus.

"hey mr. cat maybe we should pause putting offerings on the shrine til we get the pestilence sorted"

"nah ms. cat it'll be fine"

"k" *rides off in mouse-drawn chariot*

the royal y'all (cat), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

If you stop feeding the cat I predict mouse carcasses

calstars, Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:26 (two weeks ago) link

I can live with mice, but I draw the line at bats.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

lol stop feeding the cat & u get a cat who will pester u 94/7

alternatively the neighbors get a new cat who comes begging around with tails of woe (if they don't already)

bats cute but the rabies thing wld give me pawse

the royal y'all (cat), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:54 (two weeks ago) link

Having seen more than one up close, I would have to disagree with your position that bats are cute.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

i shld have kept the pack rat who tried to move in a couple years ago, was v cute and we cld have disguised him as a chinchilla πŸ₯Έ

the royal y'all (cat), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:56 (two weeks ago) link

hm i guess bats are best appreciated from a distance. when u see them flapping around at dusk in spring & summer they seem like lovely little sky mice!

how'd you get to meet multiple bats, jimbeaux? if i put a bug lamp outside my window will it draw spooky bat friends to me during the appropriate seasons? why are bats associated with autumn and bare trees if i only see them when it's warm out? ~bat mysteries~

the royal y'all (cat), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

One of the cats brought one in the house one time. We had to cover it with a wastebasket and kind of shuffle it out of the house.

Another one was lying on its back the brick wall outside our garage. I thought it was dead. To my surprise, when I nudged it with a stick it kind of flapped around and hissed. I guess cold weather can make them sluggish, so sluggish they can't fly.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

that is pretty cool! pls hi5 yr cat for me

did you tenderly nurse the chill bat back to warmth, and did it then grant you 3 wishes or come back later to help you out of a jambeaux? wish i cld find a bat

the royal y'all (cat), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

I did not want to go anywhere near that bat. It was creepy af, especially the way it hissed.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:23 (two weeks ago) link

u lost out bro bats have mad magical properties probably

the royal y'all (cat), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

I've always thought it would be cool to have vampire powers.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:27 (two weeks ago) link

vamp stylee is perennial for sure. imagine going around with a lil bat dangling from your earlobe, you would be the baddest mfer!

oh shoot i just had a great idea for earrings

the royal y'all (cat), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:32 (two weeks ago) link

🚨2 of the suspects have been apprehended 🚨


above: le garçon du fromage
below: benevolent despot

they frolic with the goats now. shameless beastlings! how dare they look up at me all cute and helpless with their shiny eyes and delicate ears!

so amazing moments ever. . (cat), Thursday, 16 March 2023 00:36 (two weeks ago) link

One ran out of my bathroom the other morning. I tracked it down and smashed it with a small bookshelf I had handy

calstars, Thursday, 16 March 2023 02:16 (two weeks ago) link

As one does.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 16 March 2023 03:37 (two weeks ago) link

dang did a mouse like murder your whole family or something

how u smash things with a bookshelf

a bookshelf fell on me one time when i was sleeping, i was quite startled

so amazing moments ever. . (cat), Thursday, 16 March 2023 03:41 (two weeks ago) link

cat I just bought two of those green traps on your recommendation, but I haven't had any recent visitors to test them out on

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 16 March 2023 17:00 (two weeks ago) link

what ya gotta do, see, is rub cheese over your entire house so the neighborhood mice know where the party's at

but seriously, good luck Andy! hopefully you won't get any more visitors but if you do, may they blithely waltz in2 their guest quarters with a minimum of dallying/poop.

so amazing moments ever. . (cat), Thursday, 16 March 2023 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

Benevolent Despot doesn't look so benevolent.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 16 March 2023 18:08 (two weeks ago) link

tim scurry finally had enough of my nonsense babytalk


so amazing moments ever. . (cat), Wednesday, 22 March 2023 03:37 (one week ago) link

moose & mousse & mathilde have all 3 gone to live at the cow shed by the creek, where i wish them many happy moons.

but why, one begins to wonder. why try to hold back the mousy tide? i could start a circus. i could start a mouse zoo & charge people admission. when it's cold out why not sleep under a heaving blanket of mice. perhaps this is how stockholm syndrome begins.

so amazing moments ever. . (cat), Friday, 24 March 2023 01:19 (one week ago) link

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