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The Cat Chronicles: The Third Rat


I think I told you about the first rat, it was the big one that she brought in the window at high speed then dropped it where it would run across my feet before I knew what it was. The second one I didn't write about, but it was medium sized. I discovered it when coming out of the shower--the cat had it cornered on top of the wicker rocker. I shook it off the rocker and it got away from both me and the cat. It ended up in my bedroom, wedged between the boxsprings (on the floor) and the wall. When I chased it out with a stick, it ran into the slot at the other end of the bed. Finally I chased it out, the cat tormented it into a more accessible corner, and I caught it in a yogurt cup. I then walk out to my second story porch and hurl the rat from the cup, all the way into the next yard.

The third rat was another surprise. Maybe I'll get used to them but so far they all make me scream. I didn't know I was such a girl. This time I had gone for a walk, and I came back in from the walk eager to use the toilet. I walk into the bathroom ready to sit down, and there's a rat swimming in the toilet bowl. I can't stop my expression of surprise. I get a yogurt container from the kitchen and reach into the toilet bowl to scoop the rat up, and it grabs at the lid and tries to climb up my hand and out of the bowl. Aggressive rodent, wants to live. He's not quite big enough to reach across the bowl and stand up. I finally manage to trap it in the yogurt container and fling it from the porch, covered in poopwater. It's cold and windy out there, too. I'm sure that being cold and stinky wet but free is better than trapped in an apartment with a hellacious predatorial kitten.

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geordie
Dec. 7th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
You know rats can come up the drains? The BBC was good enough to film it on one of their wildlife shows. Not an experience I envy you in any way.
liveonearth
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
I did have a moment of wonder--could the rate have got in through the plumbing? But I don't think so. That rat was big enough that if I had tried to flush it, it certainly would have clogged up the works and caused worse problems.
geordie
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying it did, just that it could, and that's what the experts say... at least if you are on the first floor. I don't know if it's better or worse if the cat dragged the rat in.

http://www.asktheexterminator.com/rodents/Rats_In_Toilet.shtml
neptunia67
Dec. 7th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Gads!

I've had roaches in the city, but not rats. Sorry, but I had to giggle at your screaming and the comment about being such a girl. Some reactions are completely subconscious!
liveonearth
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
The silly thing is that I would not HAVE rats in my apartment if I didn't have this CAT. I got the cat to keep the mice down, and now she's bringing in rats. ARGH. I am keeping the window closed more now that it's cold.
neptunia67
Dec. 7th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
What about the one that was in the toilet? Do you think it got stuck trying to get away from the cat? Or maybe she dropped it in there?

My cat Bob brought birds in the house. It was a huge pain, teeny tiny feathers EVERYwhere!
liveonearth
Dec. 8th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm sure the rat jumped in there trying to escape from her. No way did it come to the 2nd floor through the plumbing, too far under water. Kitten used to torment birds to death in my room in the barn, so I know about the feather problem. Ick.
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