|Our resident mouse lover|
Before we brought Laila home, I purchased a variety of cat toys including a pair of catnip mice. These mice were identical, aside from one being beige and the other being gray. Laila took a liking to these mice, but always seemed to like the gray one better. (Why? I thought cats didn't see colors very well). Her preference for the gray one seemed to grow over time. The gray one was the one she would pick up in her mouth and meow around when she wanted attention. It was also the one we would find outside our bedroom door some mornings, when she evidently thought we had slept in too late, and came to meow at us through the door.
When last seen, the gray mouse's feather ears had long been chewed off. Its fur had developed a coarse texture from repeatedly being held in a cat's mouth and chewed on. The beige mouse looks quite pristine, by comparison.
However, yesterday afternoon, I realized I hadn't seen the gray mouse in a while. Laila considers the couch her home, and usually, the gray mouse is right there with her, except when she's playing with it. I noticed Laila walking around, looking up on the couch, and meowing, so I think she was looking for it. I figured it had just gotten stuck in the couch cushions, but I've looked pretty carefully and haven't found it. We've been trying to think of more places to look, but it's hard to imagine where it could have gone. And we're in an apartment, so there's a limited area to search. I feel pretty bad about it, considering that it's a
I'm kind of assuming at this point that it will turn up somewhere, but I'm curious where that will be. I'm also curious how Laila will react to it. Will it be a joyous reunion, or will she have moved on to one of the other of her many toy mice in the meantime?