Soooo, it's that time of year again when it gets cold outside and the mice try to get in to stay warm over the winter. Imagine they're surprise when their "heaven" upstairs (Travis' room-food/trash depository) no longer exists. husband and I still have work to do up there, but all food/trash is gone. So now the little buggers are forced downstairs if they want to eat. Few nights ago I see one dart from under the stair door and make a bee line for the kitchen. Bruce the cat, who happened to be snoozing on the back of my chair, didn't even move a muscle. Previous cat/mouser we had would've been on that mouse 10 secs after it emerged from under the stair door. Not Bruce. Then I'm changing in the morning for school. Yup. A mouse comes scurrying thru the room to head under the door leading upstairs. Now Bruce follows me everywhere.......even the bathroom. Again Bruce didn't move. Later.........yeah, another zooming thru the livingroom. By now I'm getting more than a bit perturbed at the cat I let easy child con me into bringing into my home on the basis I'd have a good mouser. phhht. So I look Bruce in the eye. I tell him both Mr Underfoot and Skinny Minnie - 2 outside strays we've had for months now- have been doing their utter best to come inside. That maybe I needed to bring them in to do his job, and toss him back out. As mouse darted thru again I just plain got frustrated and tossed Bruce onto the darn thing and told him that was what he was supposed to be doing. His expression was one of disbelief. But since then...........Bruce no longer spends 24/7 on my lap. At this very moment he is strategically positioned by the kitchen door waiting for the appearance of a mouse. The slightest movement has his attention. During supper......I think he had the darn thing trapped under the stove...he wouldn't budge, stalking mode 100 percent. This morning he almost got him under the desk in the diningroom.......trapped him behind my desk, then was caught between a rock and a hard place cuz he wanted that mouse, yet Momma gets mighty mad when he goes behind my computer desk. Ok, so he's no pro yet. But he's getting the idea........and he's trying. lol From the moment Bruce came inside I swore he could understand people talk. When it came down to him and the 2 strays outside trading places.......he decided to mouse. lol Ok, so I wouldn't put Bruce outside for that, but he doesn't know that.