If your pet snake Ralphie, despite knowing how much you dote on your guinea pigs, how you really depend on them to fill the place in your life where the love used to be, slithered through a hole in their cage, cornered your prize snorter Hamlet, and swallowed him up, what would Ralphie’s punishment be?
THIS IS ALL HYPOTHETICAL, COME ON
Of course it is just hypothetical, but these things happen. Imagine: Ralphie eats Hamlet. What is your reaction, outside of murder?
ONE MOUSE MONDAY
You would cancel the next Mouse Monday. ONE MOUSE MONDAY FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR BELOVED HAMLET? I personally would be afraid that that would send the wrong message. It would be like a slap on the snout, as they say in zookeeping circles.
MOUSE MONDAY IS CANCELLED INDEFINITELY
Don’t you think completely canceling Mouse Mondays is a little extreme? Ralphie might think you no longer loved him, or worse, decide to stand up against your cantankerous tyranny, and go on a roll, swallowing Chomper, Nibbles, Marshmallow, and Rosie! Then you would have to take Ralphie back to the Humane Society!
CONTINUE MOUSE MONDAY BUT LIMIT RALPHIE’S ‘FREE SLITHER’ TIME
Make sure Ralphie understands the consequences of his gobbling up Hamlet by reducing the time he is allowed to just galavant about the house getting underfoot. This is a firm response to a serious situation (cannibalism of a loved one) that also shows Ralphie you still love and care for him.