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    Question Worried about these poor rats...

    We believe that we have some unexpected roommates in our condo. We've been finding droppings on the stairs and outside of doors the past week or so, and I think they're rat droppings because they are much too big for mice.

    Is there a way to lure them out? I really don't want to hurt them or have to call someone who will hurt them. I'd rather catch them and keep them as pets and take them to the vet, or find a home for them.

    I'm a little afraid that they might give a disease or get my piggies sick and I'm just a little worried.

    I have a feeling that they aren't living in either of the rooms upstairs, and only come up the stairs exploring. Is there a place that they like to live or nest? I remember as a girl having rats in our walls and ceilings. Is there a way to have them come out if that's the case?

    I'd really like NOT for any animal to be harmed. I know they're such sweet creatures.

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    Re: Worried about these poor rats...

    I personally hate rats and mice. Too gross for me. But i wouldnt keep them as pets if i were you. Wild rats are known to carry a wide variety of diseases, and something could get passed to you or your pigs. Not to mention they wont be friendly. Id suggest getting a live trap and releasing them far far away from your home.

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    Re: Worried about these poor rats...

    Okay! I knew that I should be worried about my piggies. If hoped that the rats would maybe have been of the nicer sort. If that's true, then we will probably put some traps down. Thanks.

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    Re: Worried about these poor rats...

    Quote Originally Posted by katkor03 View Post
    Okay! I knew that I should be worried about my piggies. If hoped that the rats would maybe have been of the nicer sort. If that's true, then we will probably put some traps down. Thanks.
    Well, most wild animals arent exactly friendly, especially when put in a cage. Take my word for it, weve taken in so many injured or abandoned bunnies over the years. When theyre well enough, they want nothing more then to be free.

    And you wouldnt want a diseased rat biting you. Thats bad news.

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    Re: Worried about these poor rats...

    I adore rats, but I would agree that the right thing to do in this case is to set out traps. Catching and releasing a rat usually ends in them dying painfully in a place that they do not know and isn't their territory, and it is not safe for you or your pets for them to remain. I would recommend electric traps. They are the most humane and quick that I have heard of.

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