We have an unwanted houseguest. And he’s fearless.
But he’s kinda irresistible. Even Honey likes him.
Mr. Rat, Welcome To Your New Home
My Ithaca neighborhood is very welcoming to rats:
- Everyone has a compost pile.
- The houses are old and full of gaps.
- People use birdseed on icy sidewalks to prevent slipping.
- Every fourth person is a vegetarian or vegan.
Oh, and some of us have Golden Retrievers with a very low prey drive.
When Mr. Rat wants a snack, he doesn’t roam in the walls. He goes right down the steps. And Honey just watches him.
Who’s Smarter, A Dog or a Rat?
I’m starting to wonder if I should try clicker training him.
So far, he’s eluded two types of non-lethal traps. We have a new one arriving any day.
And if we do catch him, should we relocate him far from the house? Or just get him neutered so Honey has a friend?
How do you manage critters? Does your dog or cat help?