Friday, July 01, 2011

Death Comes Silently

This is Zoe's little cat, Kiki.  I've posted about her before, back when she was happily devastating the shrew population. 

We seem to have run out of the diminutive rodents, at least for the time being, so instead, Kiki has been bringing us assorted lizards, whole, or in parts.  Tails, mostly.  We still have plenty of lizards sunning themselves here and there, but you rarely see one with its tail intact.  I think the ones we do see must be tourist lizards.  They're certainly not from around here.

Kiki, of course, is proud of her lethality, and likes to be credited for her kills, so she brings them to us.  To make sure we notice, she usually leaves them someplace prominent.  Did I mention she's Zoe's cat?  That's why, when Zoe pulled back the covers on her bed the other day, she found a carnage of feathers - not goose-down feathers, like you'd expect to find in a bed, but flight feathers, wingtip and tail, spread from pillow to footboard, accompanied by a nice dusting of little fluffy grey ones.  Apparently it wasn't enough to kill the bird and display it; Kiki also had to dismember it.  (You never can be sure if they're dead if you keep all the parts together.)  Zoe took the shock well.  I washed her sheets.

Tonight though, she found this on her bed:
No tiny shrew, this, and no fluffy bird, either.  I photographed this rat with a 6-inch ruler, so you can get an idea of his size.  He's almost as big as Kiki. 

Zoe's not so sure at this point that Kiki is bringing her trophies out of affection.  We've begun to suspect that in her nocturnal ramblings, she's taken to watching old movies.  Maybe she recently saw "The Godfather?"

I'd write more, but there are sheets to wash.


Ran said...

I saw that steel ruler, and it recalled the old joke about the improved ball-bearing mouse trap. (cough)


Steven Givler said...


And Happy Independence Day to you, too, my friend.

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

What a cute story. Zoe will have fond memories...sometime in the future:-) I have never had a cat but my friends tell me they do seek approval, and often.

Happy Independence Day to you and yours Steven.

Donald Douglas said...

Have a Happy 4th of July, wherever you may be. And careful of those rodents. Nice cat, LOL!