“When cats eat mice, do they eat the bones?”

"What? Did you run out of mice again, Cat Mom?"

Remember when I said I had a backlog of Mulberry-related incidents to work through? This is what I meant.

The Four-Year-Old: “Mommyo, would Mulberry eat mice?”

Mommyo: “Yes.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Why?”

Mommyo: “Because she’s a cat. Cats eat mice.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Does she eat the bones?”

Mommyo: “I don’t know.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Would you ask Caterpickles?”

Sadly, Caterpickles didn’t know any more than I did. So I Asked the iPhone, and found several sites that said yes, when cats eat mice, they eat the bones too. Which makes sense, I suppose, given that mice are so very small. It’s probably too much work to pick out the meat from the bones, even for a meticulous cat like Mulberry.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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