The cats have a new game to pass the time in the bad weather. I'm not sure what they call it, but I call it "dead mouse, live mouse." I don't know if you've come across it but the rules are as follows:
- The game may commence at any time regardless of whether the human player(s) realises they are playing.
- The game is played in a "playing area" that is made up of the living area of the human players (house, flat, etc) and any areas in the immediate vicinity (porch, area immediately outside the back door etc). Any garden areas more than a few feet from the back/front doors are not counted as playing area.
- In order for the game to start the feline players must have concealed two mice in the playing area. One live, one dead.
- Feline players then sit back and relax and watch as the human players discover the hidden mice.
- The game is played over an indefinite time period, and only finishes when the human players have discovered both mice. The only exception to this rule is if the ex-mouse is not longer in a recognisable state. If the game is played long enough for this to be the case it is considered to be in stale-mate until the playing piece is replaced.
- The live mouse does not have to have been successfully captured for the game to be over, just discovered.
- Bonus points are scored if the dead mouse is discovered whilst a human player is in pursuit of the live mouse.
- The feline players always win. There is no situation in which the feline players cannot win.