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to think a dead baby mouse shouldn't cause a breakdown?

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deadmousesage Wed 13-Jul-16 16:53:35

Got a lodger in May, a female teacher in her late 30s. Lovely person who said she had always had cats and missed them so would look forward to living with the 2 here.
huge garden which she loves and the cats obviously have a cat flap.
2 days ago one of the cats bought in a dead baby mouse it had killed.
I got rid of it and apologised and saidit happens only a few times a year as both cats lazy.
however lodger has had a complete meltdown, said she can't eat or sleep and is not able to concentrate at work.
I'm at a bit of a loss, I know it's horrid but not that bad for someone who has had cats?.
She now wants them.shut in the kitchen when she is home.
Much as I like her I think she would be better somewhere else?.
She has been crying and shaking Tec for 2 days?

Imknackeredzzz Wed 13-Jul-16 16:55:39

She sounds like a fruit loop hmm

Catzpyjamas Wed 13-Jul-16 16:56:23

YANBU. I hate when pyjamacat brings me a present but that's one of the things to expect when living in a cat's kingdom. She sounds rather hard work.

Buggers Wed 13-Jul-16 16:56:41

Yanbu!! Tell her your not shutting your cats away if she's that uncomfortable she can go elsewherehmm. She sounds like she'll be a pain in the arse. How long has she been living with you?

peggyundercrackers Wed 13-Jul-16 16:56:52

eh? I think she needs to get a grip if she has had a meltdown because of a dead mouse. cats catch and eat mice... its a fact of life.

Savagebeauty Wed 13-Jul-16 16:57:15

God she sounds hard work.
She does know that it's a jungle out there???

SooWrites Wed 13-Jul-16 16:57:34


I thoughht my nan was overreacting when her cat caught a rat and she made go round and prune all the buses and sweep under the sheds in case there was a nest.

She got over it when she was satisfied that there was no nest and the cat was catching the nest elsewhere.

YANBU. That's a complete over reaction even imo and I had to phone my grandad to remove the first dead mouse my cat caught

Pearlman Wed 13-Jul-16 16:57:44

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SweetChickadee Wed 13-Jul-16 16:58:51


DH and I stopped counting when our new cat got to 30 dead voles. He started in May...

Maybe she had indoor cats?

LindyHemming Wed 13-Jul-16 16:59:09

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Itsallaswizz Wed 13-Jul-16 16:59:14

Where did the cat leave the mouse? On her pillow with a note saying "you're next"? If not, then yes a slight overreaction from your lodger hmm

Lweji Wed 13-Jul-16 16:59:26

Did she only have house cats?

I'd try to be sympathetic, but if she is that upset, she should find somewhere else.

PaintedDrivesAndPolishedGrass Wed 13-Jul-16 16:59:40

Yanbu, I suggest a short, sharp, slap to the face followed by some vigorous shoulder shaking. Then show her the door and advertise for a new lodger. How on earth can someone that silly be left in charge of impressionable children. Picture of the cats would be lovely 😃

Buggers Wed 13-Jul-16 17:02:46


allowlsthinkalot Wed 13-Jul-16 17:06:03

I'd be pretty traumatised by dead mouse and wouldn't be able to dispose of it myself (and I have a cat. He's never caught anything!)

But even I wouldn't lose sleep or cry for two days. My mouse loving six year old might though.

WitchyPoos Wed 13-Jul-16 17:06:16

Mine brings home massive birds. They don't kill them just injure them enough so they can't get away. So acting like that over a small mouse is a big overreaction. They're cats.... It's what they do. She should know this.
Her cats were indoor ones I take it

P1nkP0ppy Wed 13-Jul-16 17:07:33

I could with prior experience accept a meltdown if she'd found it in her bed, having laid on it and presumably smothered it, but this is completely OTT.

PovertyPain Wed 13-Jul-16 17:07:56

You mean like this Painted ?

ElspethFlashman Wed 13-Jul-16 17:08:31

Shut in the kitchen?? Why? In case they look at her with dead baby mouse eyes and give her flashbacks??

I think you need to basically tell her the cats have been there longer so it's them or her!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 13-Jul-16 17:08:46

If she used to own cats, bit surprising she doesn't know nothing says "I love you" like a little trophy brought home.
Maybe there's something else going wrong in her life.

deadmousesage Wed 13-Jul-16 17:08:51

No cats left it in the fireplace, I don't like it myself but accept it will happen.

I think I am going to gently suggest she would be happier elsewhere.

She genuinely is in tears or has been for 2 days and can't eat, I can only imagine her cat was indoor only.

I stupidly assumed a cat owner would realise that garden and cat flap means sometimes it happens.

She is now worried that if I am out the cats will do again which is another thing that terrifies her.

im wondering if the cats want the spare room back now

Buggers Wed 13-Jul-16 17:14:16

Have you asked if there's a reason for being this emotional? Or is it simply the dead mouse? Is it the fact she likes miceconfused?

deadmousesage Wed 13-Jul-16 17:14:30

One of the culprits

FisherQueen Wed 13-Jul-16 17:14:49

What has upset her? A mouse being killed, the hygiene aspect or is she worried about them doing it again and her having to pick it up? Or is she traumatised by seeing a dead rodent?

SooWrites Wed 13-Jul-16 17:15:08

Not all cats hunts. My current cat has never brought anything dead home. I don't think he loves me sad

He did once bring home a chicken curry. He brought it home in his belly and then regurgitated it onto the rug. Does that count?

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