The lesson of the story was obvious.
If you don't let the cat in the basement, The cat can't do what it does best.
The cat not utilized to full potential will eventually end up living with your son in college, who is also not at his full potential and the cat will then spend the rest of it's life eating spilled Cheetos off the floor.
I still can't decide what's worse, a cat in the house, or a mouse...... But any plan that sends the cat away sounds like a good plan...... That was the point, right?