you leaped from the car
cut the engine so fast you
strand wipers mid-swipe.
shut drapes. Snow expected
late. The night
stands motionless. Waits for it.
Hears it. Smells its scent.
little mouse curled up
in the corner by the door
left for dead. The cat
done with you when you could fight
no more. Now you count your breaths.
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Oh that little mouse. So poignant. I have rescued – and evicted – a few mice from our house after the cats have “played” with it.
Often I find them and they will not make it, I know, and I don’t want to make their last moments worse so sometimes I wait to move them. I know, it’s crazy.
My cats are absolutely inept at mousing so I have not yet had one who was even close to death, just incredibly stressed out and terrorized.
My cat leaves body parts. Ugh. So I know they are dead. The worst experience I ever had was with my first cat, who “buried” a dead mouse under a throw rug which I then stepped on, said, what is that lump, I lifted the rug, smushed mouse, as I said, ugh.
I have horror stories galore from previous cats but those were all cats that were allowed outdoors so they were experienced hunters. My current two cats have only ever been house cats so they just have no clue.
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