Originally Posted by moonrambler
If a mouse gets in the basement, the cat brings it upstairs and lets it loose. Then I have to chase it around and catch it. I put on a glove and just pick it up when it gets confused and into a corner or something.
Oh, what fun!
My cat brought in a live bird once. We got it away from her, it flew, terrified into a corner, we shooed the cat out of the room and shut the door, and then caught the frightened bird (by dropping a towel on it, in case anyone ever needs to know how to catch a bird). It wasn't injured at all as far as we could tell, and we released it and it flew away. When the cat came back in, she searched for that bird for hours. "I know I put it down in here... where did it go?!"
I like Angela's suggestion. It sounds perfect. (Although it wouldn't work for me, because I have pet mice; they have become completely used to the smell of the cat, who couldn't care less about them, anyway.)