Mouse Hole
Tom, ready for a game of cat-and-mouse.

The cartoon mouse's refuge: a neat arch-shaped hole cut into a wall at the floor, sometimes with a door.

If you have one of these in your house, expect your perfectly triangular cheese wedges to go missing soon.

Often the gate to Mouse World.


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    Comic Strips 
  • A trademark schtick of Garfield strips. Sometimes this even extends to windows with pots of flowers under them, mailboxes, welcome mats, etc.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A rare live-action example, though more realistic looking, can be found in the movie MouseHunt.
  • It also appears in Willard, created by the giant rat Ben chewing through the wall.


    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
  • Tom and Jerry, as in the picture above.
  • Early Mickey Mouse cartoons didn't show his house, but early comic strips and children's books did. It had a round, obviously mousehole-like front entrance despite Mickey's large, non-mouselike size. In 1931, Mickey's house began to be shown in the cartoons and had a normal front door there, after which the ancillary material was retconned to match.
  • The "Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks" shorts on The Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The cartoons featuring Speedy Gonzales and, before that, Babbit and Ratstello.
    • Sniffles lived in a mouse hole in some shorts as well, even earlier.
  • Mostly averted in Walt Disney's Cinderella, but there is one.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy may have purposefully installed a mouse hole in her cottage to shelter mice.
  • Invoked in Tex Avery's King-Size Canary, when the jumbo-sized cat and mouse do this with a train tunnel (@ 7:02).
  • You might notice the classic arch-shaped mouse holes in the skirting boards in the background on The Simpsons.
  • In Futurama, the vermin live in holes like this. The vermin in this case being owls.
  • Motormouse lives in one in the Motormouse and Autocat segments of The Cattanooga Cats,
  • Winslow lives in one of these in CatDog.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese depicts the mice's houses as arched Quonset huts, in contrast to the more squared-off houses of the littlepeople.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Episode How Munched is that Birdie in the Window?: In the intro, when the Simpsons entered their living room, Prof. Frink shrank them and they ran into the hole to escape the cat.
    • An earlier gag had the family sitting down on the couch, only for the camera to zoom into a hole to show a mouse version of the family sitting on their couch.