Are rats really that bad?

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kittenkat    pirate
23/04/2014 at 18:37

Or do they just a bad press?

23/04/2014 at 18:41

The rats that cheat and skip half a marathon, yes, the ones that run around on 4 paws, not really well not unless they are in your house and eating your food etc... 

Edited: 23/04/2014 at 18:41
kittenkat    pirate
23/04/2014 at 18:49
booktrunk wrote (see)

The rats that cheat and skip half a marathon, yes, the ones that run around on 4 paws, not really well not unless they are in your house and eating your food etc... 

Ah but did you see what you did there? Called people rats because it has a negative connotation.

Hence the point of my post really. I know they can carry disease but so can many other animals.

23/04/2014 at 19:07

I found that they provide good sport. 

23/04/2014 at 19:11

Look at the outrage over the fluffy badgers * 

 

* they are not really cute n fluffy. 

Yet if it was rats would there have been the same outrage? 

kittenkat    pirate
23/04/2014 at 20:24
booktrunk wrote (see)

Look at the outrage over the fluffy badgers * 

 

* they are not really cute n fluffy. 

Yet if it was rats would there have been the same outrage? 

Quite!

23/04/2014 at 20:39

Fancy rats are adorable.

Feral rats aren't that bad as long as they are kept under control. The problem is that they are incontinent and their pee causes nasty diseases.

24/04/2014 at 07:58

It's a bit if a generalisation to call ALL rats 'incontinent'.  I'm sure that some ageing ones are.  And maybe some younger ones that have had a lot of babies. And maybe a few overexcitable ones.

But most rats are probably peeing where they want... which might be on your kitchen floor where your baby crawls around,

24/04/2014 at 11:18

I looked after a friend's pet rat while she was on holiday.  She used to work in a lab and rescued the odd one or two that were no longer of use.  His name was Mousse and he definitely had a weak bladder.   Mousse was a lovely little thing really, sort of like a mouse but with a longer tail.  The only hiccup was accidentally letting him roam around the front room when there was ironing being done.  He chomped his way through one of my brother's shirts.  Little fucker.

Edited: 24/04/2014 at 11:22
24/04/2014 at 11:23

I wouldn't mind the rats in my loft if they didn't chew the electric wiring.

They love the poison and eat it up, then die in inconvenient places.  Maggots coming through the bathroom lights was not good.

24/04/2014 at 12:18

Roland Rat was pretty irritating.  Also, he was a carrier of Weil's disease.

24/04/2014 at 12:32
RicF wrote (see)

I found that they provide good sport. 

 

They certainly do when you take a few terriers along too

24/04/2014 at 16:53

As a kid I watched some older boys fishing for them. The lads weren't catching any fish but the banks were heaving with rats, so they had to do instead.

The trick was to use a tiny hook with a piece of bread paste. That way the rat picked up the bait without using its paws.

Bites were abundant and the piles of butchered rats grew large.

Score at close of play was 30 plus.

25/04/2014 at 12:58

Squirrels are just rats with good PR

25/04/2014 at 13:40
kittenkat wrote (see)
booktrunk wrote (see)

Look at the outrage over the fluffy badgers * 

 

* they are not really cute n fluffy. 

Yet if it was rats would there have been the same outrage? 

Quite!

You're right it's unfair to stereotype rats. Let's call those cheats  weasels instead. Or cockroaches. 

25/04/2014 at 16:08

I was quite fond of Vasily Rats http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasyl_Rats

kittenkat    pirate
25/04/2014 at 16:44
Apple Crumble wrote (see)
kittenkat wrote (see)
booktrunk wrote (see)

Look at the outrage over the fluffy badgers * 

 

* they are not really cute n fluffy. 

Yet if it was rats would there have been the same outrage? 

Quite!

You're right it's unfair to stereotype rats. Let's call those cheats  weasels instead. Or cockroaches. 

Awwwwwww... poor fluffywuffy weasels. Awwwwww... poor..... oh shit I hate cockroaches.

27/04/2014 at 14:45

 

say something nice about pubic lice. Go on I dare you

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 14:50

Pubic lice are very cool on people I don't like.

(Did that satisfy the criteria?)

27/04/2014 at 15:09

well its trying to turn a negative into a positive. But still based on a negative.

 

Aww go on then. 

Edited: 27/04/2014 at 15:22
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