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AAACCKKK - somebody please help these ratties March 15, 2006 8:31 AM

These ratties need to get out of this home and FAST!

I know I haven't been around much, but I'm still here - just crazy busy at work and home, etc.


15 March 2006

Cat says ‘rats your lot’ to his rodent rivals

MOLLY Heath holding Megan, with Raggerty the rat enjoying the best view in the house on her head, with Natasha in her cage.MOLLY Heath holding Megan, with Raggerty the rat enjoying the best view in the house on her head, with Natasha in her cage.

RAT a CAT-astrophe! This is the ‘tail’ of two ratties who aren’t deserting a sinking ship but have been forced out of their home by a fiercely jealous cat.

Megan, a nine-month-old tortoiseshell tom, who was thought to be a girl by his confused previous owners, has been suffering from a lack of attention since two pet rats arrived in his family home.

And, ever since, he has been trying to claw himself back into the spotlight by terrorising his rodent housemates.

When it comes to being part of a family he simply is not up to scratch.

Now the worried owners can’t risk keeping a green-eyed pussy around the house as it will all end in tears and a huge ball of fur.

So the rats have got to go!

Scott Nicol, 40, of Bond Street, Macclesfield, said: "Megan has been jealous ever since the rats came and he often sits on top of their cage trying to get at them – it must be because we haven’t been paying him enough attention."

The disgruntled kitty got the hump when Scott, his partner Jane Heath and her nine-year-old daughter, Molly, decided to increase the family with the purchase of two baby rats – Raggerty and Natasha.

This is on top of the goldfish and four cats they already have!

But as far as Megan was concerned this was one rat-race he was going to win – so he started a one-cat mission to bring those pesky critters down.

Molly, who attends Park Royal School, said: "I keep the rats in my room – I love to put them on my shoulder and hold them by their tails – but Megan is forever waiting outside the door dying to get at the rats.

"If he gets in he jumps on top of the cage and just stares at them – it’s as if he is saying that he is the boss – I think he just wants more attention."

Megan might just want more attention, but his scare tactics have had the poor little rats spooked and they can often be seen shaking with fear or retreating to the darkest part of the cage.

The family haven’t had the best of luck with animals as they had a dog called Digs which they had to sell because it started to "wreck the house".

Although Megan might be overcome with envy for the love that young Molly bestows on her rats, he really has nothing to worry about as all animals are equal in her house.

She said: "Some people like certain pets more than others, but I love them all just the same – I get on with them all."

The family have put up notices in the local vets and even advertised in the Macclesfield Express to try and sell the rats with their cage but so far have had no takers.

If you can give these rats a good home – preferably without a jealous cat – please contact 01625 869261.

First published by the Macclesfield Express
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