Browser was originally brought in to the library from the city animal shelter to solve the rodent problem. The exterminator had put down poison which got on some of the books which then had to be cleaned.
Fearing that children would be handling the books, the staff did what people have done from the beginning of time, they brought in a cat. Browser not only kept the library rodent free, but he turned out to be one of those friendly cats who enjoy having minions admirers.
The politicians who tried to fire Browser are not expected to be re-elected.
During my life I have lived in houses that had mice and houses with cats, but never in a house that had both mice and cats at the same time.
New research supports this. Mice will avoid any building that has a cat inside. It seems mice can detect specific proteins found in cat saliva and urine. The proteins called Mups act on cells in a special sensory organ in the mouse, triggering a fearful reaction. And the mouse will seek new quarters.
Cats are natural hunters. They are so much more superior at hunting than humans are they would never work with us as hunting cats.
“You want me to do what? In your dreams, clumsy hunter-gatherer.”
When kittens are a few weeks old, a conscientious mother will begin their personal training by bringing in a live mouse for a fun cat and mouse game. At an early age kittens will stalk their food bowls and pounce on them.
Hunting is also necessary for their survival. Cats’ bodies do not produce taurine, an essential amino acid that is a building block of protein. Without taurine, no animal can survive for long.
Since only meat provides enough taurine to sustain life, a cat has to hunt for their survival. Or, of course, eat special cat food that contains a lot of meat, conveniently supplied by their human servants. Although it isn’t recommended, a dog can survive on a vegetarian diet. A cat can’t.
Occasionally a cat will bring a live or dead mouse into their human’s home. It isn’t known if this is an offering of gratitude or if the cat is letting them know what crappy hunters they are.
When I was little we had a mother cat who got killed when the kittens were only a couple weeks old. My mother and I raised them on a bottle. They grew to be healthy adults. They never killed a mouse, but then we never brought in a live mouse to act as their personal trainers.
Their main role model was our Chihuahua, Mickey. They learned from her to greet us with a happy dance whenever we came home.
A very un-catly behavior.