Mousers are small domesticated felines used by humans as pets or pest prevention. In the colder Kingdoms, such as Catrinel, Mousers are extremely popular in homes and establishments. Mice and other small animals tend to look for warm places to live in the winter, these places being peoples' homes. Mousers prevent, or at the very least curb, these unwanted and dangerous infestations.
Mousers were named after their tendency to hunt mice, though mice are not the only thing Mousers catch.
Mousers are small, four-legged animals with rounded faces and slightly pointed noses. They have long tails, sharp, retractable claws, large ears, and large eyes. They typically have whiskers on the sides of their mouth, and usually above their eyes.
Mousers have long, flexible bodies. The Mouser's flexible body allows it to fit into rather strange places, such as space bettween cabinets, gaps between doors, or large enough holes in the walls. Mousers can also twist their bodies in seemingly unnatural ways. They move and twist themselves almost like liquid.
A Mouser's flexibilty is only possible due to their rather loose skin. They can twist and stretch without the restrictsion from their own flesh. They also have enough loose skin around their necks to become imobilzed if grasped. This aids mother Mousers in wrangling their kittens, though it may also be used by humans with unruly Mousers.
Mousers have powerful, crushing jaws, though they can not crush human or dragon bones. Their jaws are perfect for crushing the bones of mice and other small mammals.
Mousers have typical carnivore teeth and jaws, their largest fangs being perfect to tear into mice. Mouser teeth, particularly their back teeth, are sharp as the mountains of Menodora. They take a similar shape to the mountains as well. Mousers' four front fangs curve slightly, preventing escape. The fangs are perfect at delivering a lethal, neck-breaking bite upon any prey of the Mouser.
A Mouser's tongue is rough, and seems to have tiny hooks covering the tongue. The hooks seem to be used for grooming, though some believe the hooks are so rough it can be used to clean the fur off of a mouse.
Mousers have powerful legs, built for running, jumping, and stealth. Their hind legs are strong, and can perform high jumps, along with potentially deadly kicks. Their fore legs are equally as powerful, able to deliver heavy punches and hits on their enemies or prey. If they so choose, their heavy hits could crush the skulls of mice.
Their paws are equipped with sharp, retractable claws. When the claws are sheathed, a Mouser's steps are nearly silent. When out, the claws can rip and tear flesh of any kind. The claws curve like hooks, and can grab and hold onto nearly anything.
A Mouser's tail aids in the balance and agility of the animal, although it appears to have no other practical use after balance and agility. A Mouser's tail can, and often displays the mood of the animal, though most do not consider this practical.
Ears and Hearing
Mousers have large pointed ears. These ears can rotate to allow the Mouser to hear from all different directions. Mousers need excellent hearing if they are to catch their elusive prey. Mousers seem to have a much stronger sense of hearing than humans.
Eyes and Sight
Mousers have large eyes, with slit pupils. These pupils can dilate to an extraordinary size, nearly replacing all the color of their eyes. These pupils can also shrink to nearly nothing, appearing to be nothing but a line. This wide range of dilation allows Mousers to see in many different lighting environments.
Mouser pupils are also reflective. This likely aids in the sight of the animal. The reflective eyes also allow humans to spot them in low light, though for some this may be terrifying.
Nose and Smell
Mousers have small noes, yet that does not seem to diminish their sense of smell. Mousers were observed to track mice by sent. It is not known how powerful a Mouser's sense of smell is.
Whiskers appear as long individual strands of something like fur on a Mouser's face. The whiskers appear on the right and left sides of the noes and mouth, along with some directly about the eyes.
Many have attributed whiskers to Mouser magic. Some believe Mouser whiskers are what allows Mousers to perceive the world in certain ways, allowing them to never seem to be stuck. Some larger Mousers were observed to avoid going through Mouser tunnels or holes, places that were meant to fit Mousers. The observers thought at first the Mousers were sniffing, until they realized the whiskers were touching the sides of the tunnels and holes. The observers later sent a Mouser without whiskers to the same tunnels, and the Mouser attempted to pass through, but unfortunately became stuck. This showed the whiskers gave the Mouser some knowledge of the space, without ever attempting to pass through the tunnels. This ability has been declared Mouser magic.
Mousers can have a variety of colors, along with a variety of patterns. Mousers can be red, orange, black, brown, and any lighter shade of those colors, along with pure white. Lighter shades of black are often named after shades of blue or purple, despite not truly being blue or purple. Any of these colors can be seen in nearly any pattern.
Tabby Mousers can have a few different patterns; stripes, blotches, or spots. Stripes are the most common. All tabby Mousers have a base color, and a darker color which creates the pattern. The darker color is simply a darker shade of the base color.
Pure orange Mousers always have a tabby pattern.
Striped Tabby Mousers have dozens of vertical stripes lining their bodies. The pattern gives a similar appearance to fish bones.
The colors of a Mouser with this pattern create swirls and circles. This pattern takes a similar appearance to marble.
Mousers with this pattern have dark rounded spots all around their fur. They may have some stripes, but otherwise they have evenly spread, rounded spots
A solid pattern is no true pattern, but is considered one for the sake of classification. Solid Mousers can have any version of black and brown, along with white. There is no record of a solid orange or red Mouser.
A Mouser with this pattern simply has two colors, with one of them always being white or red, or any lighter version of red. The other color can be any version of orange, black, or brown. There can also be an underlying tabby pattern in the patches of color.
Similar to bicolor, a Mouser with this pattern has three colors, one of them always being white or red, or any version of red. The other two colors can only be any version of orange or black. There can also be an underlying tabby pattern in the patches of color.
A tortoiseshell Mouser has mixed patches of black and orange, or their variants. They have no white or red coloration.
The patches of color on a bicolor Mouser with red and orange may take a similar appearance to a tortoiseshell, but these Mousers are not considered to have the tortoiseshell pattern.
Shaded Mousers have half light fur and half dark fur. The colors are varying shades of the same color, such as black and gray. The colors are not in patches, but seem to be deeply intertwined. This pattern can have some interesting effects.
Black and gray mix well with this pattern. The colors seem to make the Mouser look smokey. This coloration is prized among this pattern.
In colorpoint Mousers, their face, paws, and tail have a darker color than the rest of their body. Colorpoint Mousers can be any color, and can have a tabby pattern on their colored points.
Only the tips of the Mousers fur are dark. This can create a shiny effect with light colored Mousers. Tipped Mousers can be any color.
A fire-light Mouser is very similar to a shaded Mouser, however, this pattern always includes red, or any of its variants. These Mousers have a red undercoat, which tends to shorter than the rest of the fur, and a primary color as a part of the main coat. These other colors can be orange, black, or brown, or any other version of these colors. Fire-light Mousers can have underlying tabby patterns, however, most do not, including orange Mousers with this pattern.
Mousers typically have either long or short length fur coats. After the length of the fur, there is the thickness of the coats. Mousers with thicker coats are better off in cooler temperatures than warmer, and Mousers with thinner coats are better off in warmer or moderate temperatures than cooler. The length of the coat does not define the thickness, nor how the Mouser can handle cooler temperatures.
Mousers shed and grow out their coats depending on the temperature and seasons. In the warm seasons, a Mousers coat will be thinner. As the season grow darker and colder, the coat grows thicker. Once the seasons warm again, the extra thickness of the Mousers coat is shed. While Mousers are excellent pest control, they do leave a mess of their own with their shed fur.
Breed Dependent Traits
Some Mouser breeds lack tails. These tailless breeds were believed to have originated from a genetic mutation. These tailless Mousers are popular in more crowded establishments and anywhere with many heavy doors. Tailless Mousers are preferred in places where Mouser tails may get caught often.
Like tailless Mousers, these have short tails. Although bobtailed Mousers can be used in the same places as tailless Mousers, they are primarily used to show wealth. Bobtailed Mousers are rarer than tailless Mousers, so anyone with money will pick a bobtailed Mouser over a tailless one.
A few Mouser breeds have odd, curly fur coats. The fur can be long or incredibly short, close to hairlessness in some parts of the coat. Long curly coats are excellent for colder environments, just the same as normal long coats. Mousers with curly fur are viewed peculiar, but not extraordinary. Some people do enjoy the look and feel of the fur, creating, or creating the demand for the curly coated breeds.
Some mixed-breed Mousers may occasionally have curly coated kittens, even if neither mother or father does not have the coat.
Mousers without fur were found to be excellent for much warmer climates that still need Mousers. Their lack of fur requires them to be in warmer conditions anyway.
They originated from a genetic mutation, just like the rest. Hairless Mousers may not always be "hairless", as some can have extremely fine hairs. Their skin feels leathery to the touch, and the coloration and patterns on their skin reflects what their fur would have looked like, were they born with fur.
Similar to humans, all Mousers have unique personalities. Although the species as a whole have some common behaviors that are communicated through various ways.
When a Mouser is angry, its ears will flatten, and it will warn anyone nearby of its mood with a hiss. Often the Mouser will display its claws, and take a firm stance on the ground. Its tail will flick back and forth, and if it is truly angry, it may lunge for an attack.
When a Mouser is confident, it will walk with its tail high. It is not running low to the ground, it walks calmly.
When a Mouser is determined, it is hunched low to the ground and walks quietly. It usualy has its eyes set on prey. It does not dart its eyes around, it is completly focused on its prey.
When a Mouser is fearful, it is low to the ground, darting its head all around. It may also have its tail tucked between its legs if it is truly afraid.
When a Mouser is happy, it will purr with a quite rumbling sound. They may also knead their choosen bed like bread dough. It is unknown why the do either of these things, but they are a sure sign of happiness.
When a Mouser is playful, it will run all around. Their eyes will usualy be quite wide, and their tails will flick. Mousers enjoy hiding from their playmate and then running and chasing eachother around.
Mousers display their affection differently to other animals, such as dogs. Some Mousers simply enjoy the company of their masters, others prefer the physical affection of their masters or companions.
If a Mouser desires physical affection, the Mouser will either beg for it, or take it. A Mouser may choose to climb into their masters lap, or climb onto their shoulders. Mousers also groom eachother as a display of affection. Occasionally, Mousers will try the same for their human masters.
The well-being of working Mousers is simple. They only need access to their own water, a quiet and secluded place, and a way to get outside. If they are seen to be sick or injured their caretaker should respond immediately, however, anything else Mousers can find themselves.
Pet Mousers require more attention, or rather they are given the attention. Instead of learning to find solutions to their needs, Mousers are taught to expect it from their masters.
Mousers are carnivores, and primarily eat meat. Feeding them other foods with their meat, such as cooked soft veggies, is accepted, so long as their meals are mostly meat.
Squirrel, Fish, and poultry seem to be favorites among Mousers. Feeding them one of these is best to ensure they finish their meals.
Mousers must be groomed in order to ensure their fur stays clean and neat. Combing through their fur is an excellent way to prevent matting. Bathing Mousers is also excellent at removing unwanted dirt, dust, and bugs from Mousers. Unfortunately, Mousers do not enjoy bathing, and will often put up a fight to get out of the bath.
Mousers require some form of affection. This is usually solved by having multiple Mousers in a home, if this is not possible, then the Mouser will require human affection. Simple pats or strokes are enough for most Mousers. Some may require more affection, preferring to be held and cuddled by their master. If a Mouser does not receive this attention, it may run away or become depressed and unable to work. For both pet Mousers and working Mousers, affection is required for their well-being.
Mousers are believed to be descendants of an old wildcat species. Some Humans were believed to have tamed or befriended a few, and soon many more. Soon kittens of the tamed arrived. Then their kittens, and their kittens. Eventually, Humans had an animal that was bred to hunt mice and follow their word.
The Mousers' name comes from their instinct to hunt mice. This instinct became incredibly useful to humans when mice started to choose human homes as their homes. Mousers prevent mice and other small mammals or birds from staying in human homes. Humans find their homes cleaner, with no extra pests getting into food or their stored water.
Those who can afford it have found comfort in the affections of Mousers. These people will keep Mousers as loyal companions, and will feed them instead of forcing them to hunt for themselves. Mousers as pets also provide excellent entertainment through their play. For some, the simple comfort a Mouser brings is enough.
As Mousers are highly intelligent, they can be trained to carry messages in secret. A Mouser is incredibly tricky to catch or spot when it chooses not to be seen. This ability is desirable for military efforts or spies within kingdoms.
Symbols of Wealth
In any of their use cases, Mousers can be considered a symbol of wealth. Having many Mousers to prevent mice is considered a trait of clean homes. Having many Mousers of differing origin is considered a trait of wealthy, clean homes. It is not too difficult to gain a mother Mouser and have kittens, but it is difficult to have many Mousers each from different mothers.
Having Mousers as pets is also considered something only a wealthy man can do. It is believed only a wealthy man has the money to waste on a pet that gives little in return. Pet Mousers often do not hunt like working Mousers. Food is given to them every morning and night. Willingly giving food to an animal that can feed itself is either considered a luxury or an abuse of wealth and power.
Symbols of Cleanliness
Mousers are considered symbols of cleanliness due to their removal of mice in the homes of Cyntalis. Not owning a Mouser is seen having an uncontrollable mouse problem.
Mousers are also considered clean because of their grooming. Mouser caretakers observed Mouser cleanliness. They observed Mousers to be excellent at removing mouse blood from their muzzles. Mousers were also seen to remove dirt and dust from their coats. Mousers are able to maintain a clean-looking coat despite their dirty work.