By Miriam Norton
While A MOUSE relatives reveals a helpless, homeless, baby kitten, they choose to undertake him, identify him Mickey, and lift him as certainly one of their very own . . . by no means telling him that he’s really a cat!
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He want by no means discover he's quite a cat. You’ll see—he’ll be an exceptional factor for this kinfolk. ” “Let’s name him Mickey,” acknowledged Lester. And that’s how Mickey Miggs discovered his new relations and a reputation. After his eyes opened he started to develop up simply as mice do, consuming all types of seeds and insects and consuming from puddles and napping in a comfortable pile of brother and sister mice. Father Miggs confirmed him his first tomcat—at a secure distance—and warned him to “keep clear of all cats and canines and folks. ” Mickey observed his first mousetrap—“The most deadly factor of all,” stated mom Miggs—when they moved to the indoor nest that fall. Mickey turned helpful in fooling the family cat, Hazel. He might disguise in a gloomy nook after which, “Meow! Meow! ” he’d cry. Hazel could poke round, leaving the pantry cabinets unguarded whereas she hunted for the opposite cat. That gave Lester and his sisters an opportunity to make a raid at the leftovers. bad Hazel! She knew she heard, even smelled, one other cat, and infrequently observed a cat’s eyes shining in a nook. yet no cat ever got here out to satisfy her. How may well she understand that Mickey didn’t be aware of he was once a cat in any respect and that he feared Hazel up to the mousiest mouse could! And so Mickey Miggs grew, changing into a greater mouse forever and having fun with his lifestyles. He enjoyed cheese, bacon, and cake crumbs. He received in particular reliable at smelling out potato skins and led the sisters and Lester directly to them at any time when. “A healthy and uncatlike food,” stated mom Miggs to Father Miggs approvingly. “Mickey is doing good. ” And Father Miggs acknowledged to mom Miggs, “I advised you so! ” Then someday, coming from a snooze within the wastepaper basket, Mickey met the kids of the home, Peggy and Paul. “Ee-eeeeeek! ” Mickey squeaked in terror. He dashed alongside the partitions of the room trying to find his mousehole. “It’s a kitten! ” cried Peggy, as Mickey squeezed in the course of the gap. “But it acts like a mouse,” stated Paul. the kids couldn't comprehend why the kitten have been so mouselike, yet they determined to aim to make acquaintances with him. That evening, as Mickey got here out of his gap, he approximately tripped over whatever mendacity correct there in entrance of him. He sniffed at it. It used to be a dish, and within the dish used to be anything to drink. “What is it? ” requested Mickey. Lester didn’t comprehend, yet timidly attempted a bit. “No good,” he acknowledged, shaking his whiskers. Mickey attempted it, attempted a few extra, then a few extra and a few a growing number of and more—until it was once all long gone. “Mmmmmmmmmm! ” he acknowledged. “What outstanding stuff. ” “It’s most likely poison and you’ll get sick,” acknowledged Lester disgustedly. however it wasn’t poison, and Mickey had a stunning feeling in his belly from ingesting it. It used to be milk, in fact. and each evening that week Mickey came upon a saucer of milk outdoor that very same gap. He lapped up each drop. “He drank it, he drank it! ” cried Peggy and Paul fortunately every one morning. They started to set out a saucerful within the sunlight hours, too. at the start Mickey may drink the milk simply while he was once convinced Peggy and Paul have been nowhere round. quickly he grew bolder and started to belief them within the room with him.