Today, as I was walking by the cat cube, I accidentally kicked it. No worries - no one was in it. But at that point, it struck me: I hadn't seen Boo in quite a while. Last I had seen her, she was downstairs under the computer desk. Normally, my cats are on the same floor I am, so I went downstairs to check on her.
She and Spook are playing with a toy, so I go over to check my email. I look over a few minutes later. Boo and Spook are tossing the toy back and forth to each other, catching it midair. It's a new game, and my reaction is "How Cute :-)". This goes on for a few moments and I grab my camera to take a picture.
Then, it strikes me:
1) The toy, which I thought was one of the furry mice toys, is a bit floppy (the toys are plush over a plastic base and have a leather strip for a tail, no legs).
2) The toy is slightly larger than one of the plush toys, but smaller than the carpet/pompom mice (which are stiff as a board).
3) The tail is about twice as long as it should be.
4) It seems to have legs.
5) I know what all of the cat toys look like, and this isn't a cat toy. I wonder what they've got of mine this time.
I put the camera down and approach the cats. Boo drops the toy and looks up at me. The toy wiggles! And scoots!
Spook picks the toy up and tosses it to Boo. I finally realize that the cats have a real, 95%-dead mouse. I let the cats continue their game of catch hoping they'll finish him off while I go get a baggie so as to dispose of the mouse. The mouse is dead when I return a minute later. Yay! (I don't mind mice, but I don't like them in the house. And, I really dislike having to finish killing things that the cats get (bugs, birds (my parents' cat's favorite catch) and now mice) - it's much easier to have the cats do their own dirty work, thank you very much.)
I've lived here TWO YEARS and have never had a mouse in the house before. In fact the only time I've seen a mouse on the property was early in the summer near the back fence when I chased up one up a tree with the lawnmower. It never even struck me that the cats would get a mouse. I don't even know how it got in the house!
But, I guess there are two plus sides to this. First, the cats didn't put it on my pillow. And second, at least one of my cats is a competent mouser.