The cat was poised firmly outside the mousehole. His mousehole. Though the cat received regular meals of cat food and was by no ways a hungry or desperate animal, by custom of cats the mice inside were his caloric safety net. In order to avoid a full scale invasion, the mice sacrificed one of their children to the cat on the first of every month. This mousehole was six or seven mouselings late on giving the cat his due.
“Mouse family!” the cat cried, “I am willing to work with you if you have become barren and unable to produce mouselings. I am willing to accept an adult mouse as two months’ rent. I just can’t fathom why you’re unwilling to work with me.”
Photo: Boaz Arad