“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.” Paula Poundstone
For those of you who thought this was a post with a recipe, and the recipe might be called “Cat in a Boat,” similar to “Pigs in a Blanket”, relax. This is a post about man’s best stoic companion. And even though we are absolutely devoted to our cat, Stinker, who’s favorite toys include a plastic bag, a cardboard box, a swath of packaging material, and my husband, we recently received a lovely gift from a rogue cat.
Our neighborhood is patrolled by 2 or 3 cats that have, so far, kept us safe from all sorts of dangers. One large Tabby adopted our deck and side porch as his/her nightly sleeping space during the milder seasons. During the winter s/he disappeared. Or so we thought.
This spring when my husband pulled our pontoon from it’s parking area in back of the garage, he found signs of animal invasion. “Guess what I found under the boat’s tarp?” he asked. I love guessing games, almost as much as I like … Give me a minute. I’ll think of something.
My silence urged him on. Hubby found cat paw prints on the seats of the boat along with cat hair. Nothing else. He figured that whichever cat adopted our boat kept the mice out. My daughter had a issue with mice nest builders in a glove compartment. Mice are fast workers and fast workers. One winter could produce multiple generations.
OK. I didn’t want to start making up facts. (Am I losing my imagination) so I did some research on the Internet. I found out that a newborn mouse is called a pup or a pinky. So when I found a site that said, “Having babies is very hard on a mouse,” … Obviously, a scientific site.
Mice, especially those that live indoors, can breed through the entire year, with a gestation period of 21 days. Mice pups can begin breeding when they’re 6-weeks old. I see a math problem developing. If a train is traveling west at 50 miles per hour… If a mouse has a litter of 10 pups every 21 days… That seems like more than a math problem!
Ya wanna borrow a cat?
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.