Mouse update: Tonight Trixie caught a mouse. I was sitting here and I heard a squeak. Looking down, Trixie was running past my feet with a little gray mouse in her mouth. I praised her extensively, got a plastic bag and pulled it from her mouth. It was in it's death throes as I sealed it in the bag and threw it away outside.
Good girl, Trix!
What has me puzzled is that this was a deer or field mouse: gray above, white below. The ones I have live-caught were brown house mice, uniformly brown all over. Hmmm...are there two colonies of different species living in here?
Regardless, for the first time I am really proud of Trixie. If there's one cat in our household capable of catching a mouse, it's her. She was a stray when we found her. Queen was also, but that was 10 years ago and she has as much prey drive and stamina as a slug.