Thursday, June 25, 2009

Crisis of Conscience - UPDATED!

I having a crisis of conscience today. There is a mouse in my kitchen.

As I was sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor this morning, it scurried from one cabinet across the kitchen to another cabinet. Upon further investigation, it has nibbled through the dog food bag and has left little "presents" throughout my cabinets and drawers. I've spent most of the day pulling everything out of my kitchen cabinets and drawers and wiping down the inside with bleach water and lysol. Ugh!!!! Not what I had planned for today.

So, as most of you know, I am very pro-life, human and animal. I am a big supporter of animal rescue and animal welfare -- I usually include all animals in that. But, now I'm cleaning up mouse poop where my food and dishes are stored. I'm not feeling so animal friendly right now.
I can't live with a mouse in the kitchen.

And, my cat??? Worthless! Apparently, she thinks she's too good to hunt down a mouse. I brought her into the kitchen in hopes she'd pick up the scent of the mouse and get it, oh no! She went back to nap on my bed has remained stretched out on the foot of my bed sleeping soundly throughout the whole mouse debacle.

Yea, I think I'm going to have to let go of my animal welfare convictions for right now. I'm going to the hardware store for a mouse trap.

UPDATE: Good news! I was able to get a "Catch and Release" mouse trap yesterday. Early this morning, my husband found the trap closed (meaning the mouse was inside) he took it out and released it in the field behind our house. I had intended on him actually taking it away much further than that and releasing it in some woods about a mile down the road, but he said it was too early in the morning for that. :)

2 comments:

  1. We once had some visitors in our attic. First the woodpecker made a nest.They moved out. The songbirds moved in, but the squirrels wanted it. We had turf wars for a while. The squirrels won, and the neighborhood went to ... We tried repairing the hole, but the squirrels chewed through the wood siding.

    Then we started the Squirrel Relocation Program. We set a trap in our yard and would release them to a park. Some of my friends made fun of me for being so nice. What was I going to do? Shoot at them around my house like Elmer Fudd?

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  2. That's great. I don't want mice in my house either but can't bear the thought of killing them. I want them to live, but not in my house. Glue traps are horrible.

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