It was a normal day.
Oof – what a way to start a story. So rife with possibilities. Anyway –
It really was a normal day.
Becca is off being a time traveler for the next couple weeks with her family five hours ahead in the UK, so it’s just me and Franny here at home.
Nothing too major was happening in the afternoon, so I went into the closet to get some audiobook recording knocked out. A few times during my half-hour or so in there, I heard Franny meow out in the apartment proper. I thought nothing of it and kept recording.
Then, I was startled by scratching at the closet door. Oh no, I thought. What the heck? The cat was meowing nonstop and scratching at the door, so she obviously wanted my attention.
I opened the door to see the puss sitting on the floor with pride, a dead mouse in front of her. Using her paw, she pushed it toward me gently. Giving another purr, she looked into my eyes and waited for a response.
A few things went through my mind:
1. What the hell.
2. That’s a dead mouse. Where did that come from?
3. Did she really kill this thing? I mean, she’s killed flies and roaches before, but this is a MOUSE.
4. Oh my god. She’s so cute. She’s presenting it to me. She wants me to have it.
This final thought taking precedence in my head, I praised her. I mean, heck, she just killed a pest! Huzzah, little Amazon! Huzzah!
Out of meat, and with a cat that hates cat treats, I gave her some catnip to occupy her while I went to get paper towels with which to dispose of the catch.
When I came back from the kitchen, Franny was sauntering toward me with the mouse in her mouth. It may sound weird, but she was ridiculously cute with the thing hanging from her pard.
Then she started to play with it. She lay down and began throwing the animal up into the air and batting it with her paws. I politely asked her to stop (also I made her). Annoyed, but compliant, she set it down on her scratchpad, then turned away. I picked up the dead animal and wrapped it in paper. I disposed of the thing, and that’s when the fun started.
Franny had no idea where it went.
She was bereft, to say the least. She began to meow and circle the scratchpad. She pawed at the spot where it once was. She tried to flip the scratchpad over. This went on for about ten minutes, so I decided I would help the girl out. I titled the scratchpad on its side so she could see there was nothing under it. The mouse was gone. The search continued. For another hour, she stalked the living room, looking behind items, looking under furniture, pawing at the scratchpad, and meowing up a storm.
Eventually she gave up the hunt, and resigned to be ready for the next one.
(WHICH I HOPE NEVER HAPPENS. LET’S NOT FORGET THERE WAS A MOUSE IN MY APARTMENT SOMEWHERE.)
The moral of the story, however, is that I have the best cat in the world, and she is a mighty huntress, and I feel safer knowing she’s guarding us from ferocious rodents.