I was mending some clothes and the cat was driving me crazing digging under the couch cushions. Then I heard a squeak. That could only mean one thing: Kai had brought in a rodent and decided to play catch and release in the livingroom. I lifted the couch cushion expecting to find a hapless mouse and discovered a chipmunk instead!
The critter took one look at the cat and me and shot out of the couch, across the room with Kai in hot pursuit, and under the buffet. Now Kai and his brother Cary were both interested in capturing the escaped trophy. I pulled out the bottom drawer of the buffet. The chipmunk was hiding beneath a cupboard section that apparently had a space big enough to allow the rodent to evade the groping paws of two cats. There was another squeak and a flurry of scrabbling as the rodent eluded capture again.
At this point I opened the cat flap wide, opened the door to the woodshed and braced the front door open a couple inches, hoping that if the little creature got loose again, it might make a break for daylight.
After a few minutes the cats began sniffing around the large, heavy desk for our computer. There is about 4″ clearance from the wall. I got a flashlight and spotted the poor chipmunk, cowering in the very dusty corner. I put on welding gloves and got my largest fish tank net. With help from the cats to keep the rodent cornered, I worked it into the net and pulled it out from behind the desk.
Just when I thought the ordeal of the rodent was over, it wriggled free and dashed for the light of the open woodshed door. By the time I got out to the shed, the chipmunk had climbed the screen and was trying to figure out how to go outside. I spoke quietly to it and inched to the door handle. When I swung the door open, the chipmunk flung itself from a six foot height to bounce off the side of the house and slide down into the grass. That was the last I saw of it.
I’m really hoping the cat didn’t puncture it too badly with his teeth when he caught it. Cats have mouths full of bacteria that are lethal to rodents when injected into bite wounds. If the little chipmunk were not so silly as to walk into the cats’ outdoor cage, it would never have been caught in the first place. Phew, that was enough excitement for one day!