City mouse, country mouse

Posted by Dave Xnet on January 16, 2004

Hello, there was a question in my son's homework
that got me thinking. It's about the city mouse and
the country mouse. The city mouse visits the country mouse at the farm, and the country mouse offers him
seeds to eat, and some straw to sleep on.
But the city mouse complains, asks the country mouse
to visit him a *his* home. There, they eat human
scraps, and sleep in comfort on soft rags. But while
there, they get attacked by the family cat, and the
country mouse is almost caught. He survives, but
announces that he's leaving immediately - "it's better
to eat seeds in a safe place, than to eat cake where
there is danger"
This sentiment reminds me of a proverb or popular
saying, but I can't place it -
any thoughts appreciated.