The cats have made their first confirmed kill in the past year: a medium-sized mouse, found barely alive in the living room, being pushed around by Story, the kitten. It couldn't move, and when I turned it over, its legs stuck up in the air, although I could see its heart beating through its flesh, and the quickness of its breaths. The cats may have broken its spine, or it may simply have been dehydrated and unconscious. I put it outside, and hopefully a bird of prey or raccoon will get it and return it to the Circle of Life®, a registered trademark of The Walt Disney Company and Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., all rights reserved.
Tagalong, the pre-existing cat, had been acting odd for a couple of days, sitting for hours in an unoccupied room, staring at a couch. Her relationship with Story has been a little problematic, and I was worried that she had lost some sort of battle for the position of household Alpha Female, and was sulking, or contemplating some rash action. In retrospect, she probably had the mouse cornered. Mice are tiny creatures with fast metabolisms, and can't last long cornered under couches without food or water; I suspect that is what finally drove it out and into the waiting jaws of the cats.
A couple of months ago, Tag spent two days staring at the fireplace. I took down the fire screen and poked around in the ashes, but found nothing. I still don't know what that was about.
== fubunritsu == (noun) unwritten law, unwritten rule, common law
|Left radical is 'road/move', used to mean 'path' in a metaphorical sense. Right radical is a variant 'brush in hand/writing' (書). Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Moving hand writes down the law.'|