BY MELISSA CLARK
BOSSES at a Scottish supermarket have been forced to deal with an invasion of mice – just months after evicting its resident cat.
The nuisance vermin have been spotted scurrying in the aisles of an Edinburgh branch of Asda, with environmental experts called in to battle the problem.
Up until December last year, ginger moggie Pixie had been visiting the store daily and sleeping in the entrance to the shop.
The “Asda cat” had become so well-known he even had his own Facebook fanpage.
But despite a back-clash from feline fans, the cat was given the boot by supermarket bosses after several complaints from customers.
The cat’s owner, Jennifer Loy, 35, who lives in nearby Corbieshot, said Asda could have prevented problems with mice if they had let her cat stay put.
She said: “I could see the problem if he was going in to the store and eating off the fish counter but he generally just hangs about the foyer.
“If Pixie was back in Asda today, there wouldn’t be any mice in there, that’s for sure.”
One disgruntled customer, who wishes not to be named, said: “I saw mice running along the aisles a couple of weeks ago. I also heard a member of staff joking about mice being in the warehouse.
“It’s disgusting. A place with food and there’s mice running about.”
A spokeswoman from Asda admitted there had been mice at the Edinburgh store.
She said: “As soon as we became aware that we had an uninvited guest we worked closely with expert contractors to quickly evict the visitor.”
Quizzed on whether Pixie the cat could have solved the problem, the spokeswoman joked: “We should have sent him in!”
The spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the store still had mice.