Before I even woke up this morning, I was aware of a bump-bumping sound going on in another room. Uh-oh, I thought, what's Audace playing with at this time of morning? I knew it had to be him. Grace and Ruse are usually the watchers, not the doers!
It stopped, and I went back to sleep. When I got up around 6 am, I heard nothing, but at the same time, not one of these three li'l goobers was at all interested in the morning meal - and usually Ruse is almost knocking the spoon out of my hand while I put their food on a plate! But this morning ... nothing.
I finally figured it out when I came to turn on the computer. Audace was pawing at something in the corner of this room, and Ruse and Grace were watching - then I saw it - a frog or a toad, pretty good size. It was jumping, jumping, trying to get away from this cat! So I ran to the kitchen to find something to put over it (to capture it); then I ran back and it was in the hallway by then. So I put one of the dry, ceramic cat bowls over it ... and waited.
Bingo! Once the li'l critter was out of sight, all three cats were interested in breakfast!
(My pest control guy, Roy, was already scheduled to come this morning, and I had already told him that there were wasp nests being built in various places, so I'm sure dealing with a little critter like this was no big deal! And yes, Roy saved the frog. He took it out from under the bowl and put it out in the back yard where there are lots of froggy surroundings - wet dirt and mulch!)
UPDATE: Ann at Zoolatry made this wonderful montage of Grace-Audace-Ruse photos to commemorate their frog-hunt - well, it was mainly Audace's frog hunt, but Grace and Ruse snoopervised! Thank you so much, Ann!