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Cat vs rat - rat wins September 17, 2004 11:38 AM

Well it has been a weird couple of days. Yesterday, my son forgot his rat was on the bed when he went to school. I was bringing the second rat up to put him away and to fill food dishes and just freaked. He was on the bed cowering and had a bit of a gash on his ear from the cat. Needless to say my dear son felt horrible and I didn't spare the tongue lashing. Our cat is an indoor cat and doesn't have a strong prey instinct so although we NEVER let her be alone with the rats she has sniffed noses with them before while I'm cleaning the cage. I felt bad for Rocky, but he seems to be fine. Today was just bizarre. I have a critter sitter coming in tomorrow because I'm going away and I wanted the cage clean before she comes. I kept the cat away from the rats but I wasn't ultra careful because there really hasn't been frightening aggression. Well the cat, Oreo, put her nose up to sniff Jimmy, the second rat and lightening quick he got her. It was so fast all I heard was the cat yelp and then reach out to smack Jimmy who was already gone into the cage. I batted the cat away without thinking much about it. Later my son found the cat and her nose was bleeding, seems Jimmy had bitten her. Neither of the rats has EVER bitten any of us. Not through medication giving, bathing or any of the rough kind of play the boys enjoy with the rats. This was a real first. So I guess I'll have to be really careful about keeping them apart. I don't know if rats have some kind of communication and Jimmy was taking revenge for Rocky's ear or if Jimmy was feeling territorial about his cage or even if he was just scared and wanted to strike first and swiftly. Very strange. The boys are all crowing about the "karate rat" who took down the cat. Poor Oreo cowered under the chair in my room for a couple of hours before we could coax her out.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
LOL! September 17, 2004 3:21 PM

Scary, yet funny. Good for your burly rat!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Burly...not September 18, 2004 3:41 AM

Funny thing is, Jimmy is the smaller of the two, but much scrappier. I bet he doesn't even weigh in to one pound the scrawny little toad. It was scary for me and now I'm so careful to keep them apart. Theresa  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 20, 2004 6:07 AM

LOL...I'm sorry for both the cat and the rat. Love them both, but glad that's the worst that happened  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hmm September 20, 2004 7:57 AM

I find that even though my rats don't bite people, they hate other animals. I think that even my gentle boys would have done that. When I put my riding crop near the cage, they fling themselves at it and try to kill it.  [ send green star]
Rats and Other Pets September 20, 2004 1:29 PM

I've had a few rat bites in the course of my guardianship of about 25 rats. When I have a very shy, fearful rat and I forget NOT to stick my finger in the cage wires, I tend to get nipped. Or if I'm breaking up an introduction fight gone wrong...once I got it RIGHT THROUGH THE INDEX FINGER FINGERNAIL. Talk about Level 10 pain - I wanted to die!!! However - all of my rats almost always instinctively go after my poor Yellow Lab, Lilly, whether she is interested in them or not! Most of the time, she is merely brushing up against a cage with her ear or her tail and she gets a quick nip. She looks so indignant and surprised and looks at me as if to say, "What did I do? I didn't do anything. I swear! Maybe you should just get rid of those varmints. Can I help?" {Sinister snicker from the dog here...if dogs can snicker!) Anybody else have "other pet"/rat encounters?  [ send green star]
Hmm September 20, 2004 3:48 PM

With my old rat Scamper, I once bought a gooey alien toy thing and she really did WANT it. I didn't want her to poison herself, so I took it away and got a huge bite, which left me bleeding uncontrollably. Then, as I was bandaging it, she went to my other hand and got the same finger on that hand too. So I had to go around school with plasters on both index fingers. The shame was, after this event, Scamper got into a habit of biting everybody, which actually put my family off rats. They wouldn't even touch Pamper.  [ send green star]
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