There was a woman who was troubled by mice in her house.
"A curse upon these mice!" she shouted. "They keep nibbling on my cheese."
She pondered the problem until she knew what to do.
"A cat is what I need," she decided.
The woman thought it would be best to get a very hungry cat, one who would be sure to eat up all the mice. So the woman procured a very hungry cat and then waited eagerly to see what would happen.
The cat ate up all the mice, but it ate up all the woman's cheese too!
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 442.
Notes: This is Perry 594.