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17/04/2013 at 19:24

i have a pet rat. they are quite entertaining beasts really, and much more fun than guinea pigs, who don't do owt.

17/04/2013 at 19:50
Can't see why you'd want to poison something living in the wild, in your house maybe
17/04/2013 at 19:53

I rat-sat for a friend. She worked in a science lab and looked after one or two after they'd finished experimented on them.  Mousse his name was.  Cute little fella, sort of like a hamster but with a bigger tail.  Caused us a bit of a problem when we accidentally let him out whilst there was ironing being done and he chewed a massive hole in my brother's Dunhill polo shirt.  Oops!

The only other thing which put me off the little blighter as a pet was the weak bladder.  If you let him crawl up your leg he'd leave a constant little trail of drips and dribbles.  Awww.  Is that normal?

17/04/2013 at 20:04
I like wild animals full stop, although I do get a little bit distrait about maggots and worms. If you live in the country it seems a bit mad to get upset about animals.

Having said that I've not seen a rat for ages. We have foxes, squirrels and bats to keep us entertained.
17/04/2013 at 20:27

Rat's are a pain (I have horses and hate seeing rats in the feed room) but I wouldn't put poison down unless the rat run was close to buildings. There's more chance that another animal would eat the poison and die a horrible death. (most rat poisons e.g. warfarin, cause blood thinning and a painful death from internal bleeding.)

17/04/2013 at 20:40

I have rats in my loft, and the buggers chew the insulation off power cables.

This can result in expensive call-outs to electricians, and at worst could cause a fire.

I poison and trap them, although they seem to have learned to avoid the traps.  They LOVE the poison, though I'm beginning to think they've grown immune to it 

17/04/2013 at 20:45

I have nothng against rats in the garden even in a urban area.  I think it is when they get into houses and do damage as described by Wilkie that they become a problem.  But then if we will make buildings so inviting for them then what can we expect?

17/04/2013 at 22:10

Agree with EKGO.

18/04/2013 at 07:13

Near or inside the houses yes...out there in the wild? why? You could end up poisoning other animals.

Wilkie: Rats do grow inmune to poison if you keep using the same one...well the next generations do but they reproduce so fast it looks like it.

18/04/2013 at 10:09

A guy brought a corn snake into school the other day. It was called kellog.


Nothing to do with rats, but thats me!

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