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11-17-2007 07:20 PM
HoffaLives There are a lot of rats in Victoria (lots of waterfront), and a friend of ours has a real mouser. Two nights ago, the cat brought rat into Aly's bedroom and proceeded to eat it on her bed (she has brought in rats before). Aly is terrified of rats so she just huddled under her blankets and listened to the gnawing and snap of bones in the dark. The next morning she had to open her eyes eventually, and found the head and tail left.
11-17-2007 01:46 PM
timebandit Bar Bait---Get it at your local feed store.
11-17-2007 01:26 PM
SailorPam
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Amazing cat! I didn't know cats allowed animal protection principles override their hunting instincts...
Oh yeah! When we had cats and lived out in the country they would often bring home some "gift", often alive. To this day when my sister and I bring a "hostess gift" to each other when visiting we call it a "mouse". Fortunately it's usually a bottle of wine rather than a live mouse, lizard or snake
11-17-2007 01:48 AM
Sailormann Geez - saw "critters" and got all excited - I was hoping for Bulldogs again, or at least Beagles....
11-16-2007 09:17 PM
TwentySeven
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The cat brought him aboard and dropped him unscathed in the cockpit. He was really cute too.

By flipped him in the drink I mean I carried him over to the rail and dropped him carefully in the water. I really was rooting for the little bugger and was rather saddened when I saw him turn around and go the wrong way.

And speaking of critters, a family of sea otters were playing on the dock next to my boat this morning. I feel bad for them; they also are delightful and yet they eat those dioxin laced crabs. Sometimes civilization really sucks. To hell with poo.
Amazing cat! I didn't know cats allowed animal protection principles override their hunting instincts...

I see you guys in general are pretty relaxed about these kind of "guests" aboard. I always heard of rats as a big danger on a boat (more in the line with the story mentioned by SloopTattoo).
11-16-2007 11:27 AM
SVDistantStar We had a really bad rat infestation last year. I ended up getting as many sticky traps as i could buy and placing them inside the cockpit lockers. One by one i sent those little rodents on their own private cruise. The ones that didn't go cruising, met a worse fate with the snap traps. Nothing better than to be sleeping and hear the snap and squeak that comes afterwards.

Turned out the neighbors boat was the nest for them and the food was running out.

I'm not some mean person that doesn't like animals, but these little jerks were in my food and crapping all over my boat. I did find out that great stuff(the foam spray in a can) works great for sealing little holes and other areas that they would travel though, and for some reason they wont try to chew into it.
11-16-2007 02:31 AM
sailingdog And your mother pays them both a lot of money every month to do so.
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Hey, I resent that. My therapist tells me I'm a lovely person at heart. And my wife says I'm a sensitive lover. Did I mention my wife says I'm a sensitive lover?
11-16-2007 02:30 AM
sailingdog Just remember, rats can tunnel through concrete using nothing but their teeth.
11-16-2007 01:59 AM
HoffaLives Hey, I resent that. My therapist tells me I'm a lovely person at heart. And my wife says I'm a sensitive lover. Did I mention my wife says I'm a sensitive lover?
11-15-2007 07:55 PM
TrueBlue Could it be . . . that the Hoff actually has a tender side?
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