Thursday, December 17, 2009

Does your cat ever bring mice to your door?

This generally isn't an issue for us with our barn cats. They eat the mice they catch and occasionally, if their kittens are near the porch, bring the mice to the porch for their kittens. This morning, however, I walked out to chore and found that our best mouser had brought some mice to the front porch.

Now I've always known she was a good mouser. But now? If there were a competition for barn cats, I'd enter her in it.

I know. Gold medal.

Now, before you get all excited/stunned/disgusted about how many mice that is, I should tell you that that's a close-up shot of *one group* of her mice. Here's a long shot.

And that doesn't include all of the mice around the corner and on the lawn (the ones the dogs had hauled off to play with).

So does anyone have an explanation for this besides "You have an overachieving barn cat"?

Some pertinent facts to help in your guessing -
1) There were over 50 when I stopped counting.
2) There were no visible wounds on them - classic cat kills, apparently. (So they probably didn't try to attack the house in the middle of the night.)
3) The bodies weren't stiff, so they were all recent kills.

Have at it. Any ideas?

18 comments:

Dessa said...

Holy Crap!! We have mice issues too, but I would flip out if I stepped out onto the porch and saw this. I think you have entered The Twilight Zone, LOL!

Jamie @ Woodside Gardens said...

You're lucky, my cats like to skin them... quite disgusting!

Sarah said...

I know, Dessa! Crazy, huh?

I'm still not sure exactly what happened there - it's completely nuts.

Sarah said...

Jamie, they *skin* them? *shudder* I'd think the cat mafia was after me.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh.my.GAWD.
Disgusting, yet very impressive.
Very cool post. Very cool cat.
And I have absolutely no answers for you, though, on the whys....other than you do, indeed, have an overachieving kitty-cat who is extremely eager to please. :-)

Sarah said...

Danni, it is impressive, isn't it? I love that cat. I've nursed her through having a litter in the hottest week of the summer, a car wreck, and most recently a horrid fight with something that made her unable to eat anything but soft cat food and tuna for over a week - poor thing. (She milked that a bit, also. :) )

She likes it at this new place so much better. We're surrounded by organic farmland, so the mice here are fat, healthy, and very plentiful. We need more cats like her. But this .... I've never even heard of anything like this.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

As I was looking at your pictures, I was thinking that surely you could submit these photos to your local (or regional) newspaper for a lighthearted/interesting look at local life (or something). This really is a great story, Sarah.

Ryan said...

Growing up we had a mighty hunter and mother cat. We were her kittens. Each spring she would bring us each a mouse and it would not stop until each and every human went outside to accept our gift. Once all five of us had gotten our gift we would wait another year before the spring mouses started again.

Annette said...

WOW! Are you expecting a big snow and they are trying to make sure you have enough to eat?
*ack* LOL

jimmycrackedcorn said...

I have no idea what happened. Aliens are definitely involved. Actually I'm just replying to get myself subscribed to the thread so I can hear from those more knowledgeable about things like this.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oooh, I *love* aliens. And conspiracy theories. Can someone give us an alien conspiracy theory??

Maria said...

Impressive that they entered the atmosphere with no visible wounds. I'm just glad that you have a cat that can smell alien mice and protect your family from them.

Christy said...

That is some strange stuff!

Cindy said...

I agree, that is REALLY strange. So what did you do with all of those fat little mice? Surely the cats couldn't have consumed all of them. Do you think mama cat was giving you a peace offering, sort of a thank you for all of that tuna?

Garden Pheenix said...

I dunno but I wish my cats would go for mice instead of big fackin rats the size of my forearm which they then leave for me to find or step on at the front door. Altho... least it's not 50+

Did ye have a mouse babyboom and the cats are evening the score?

Kate and Crew said...

GAH! Holy smokes! That's gross, yet I can't look away. Those are some real cats you've got there. Not like my skinny pansy useless cats...

GREAT blog, by the way. I've been poking about a bit tonight and I'm enjoying it!!

Garden Lily said...

Weird and impressive at the same time. Good thing you have the cats, with so many mice available.

Kella B said...

dang, i have gross mice at my place, and my cat just watches them eat his cat food.