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It Was a Rat!

The other day we were eating supper at the breakfast bar, and a good-sized rodent climbed up from behind the stove poked out its head. I think it was flushed out by the oven being on and it was hot back there. Mr. Troutbend had been hearing noises under the cabinets and under the stove, so this confirmed there was something back there. Our cats weren't any help, just milled around and looked it had nothing to do with them while we were moving the stove around. We set a trap on the counter top near the stove and no takers for several days until this afternoon I heard the trap snap, and judging by the very long tail, it's some kind of a small rat, not a mouse.

No photo.

We don't know how it got into the house because this is the first rodent in 14 years, so think it could have come in when Mr. Troutbend had the patio door open, or maybe though the cat door, or possibly the Las Vegas cat could have brought it in.

Until the next one shows up, we're glad to check 'catch that mouse' off of our to-do list.

posted on Oct 26, 2017 5:47 PM ()


Rat I’m the house? I’d be up on the table screaming my lungs out. I think you’re very brave.
comment by nittineedles on Nov 12, 2017 1:04 AM ()
You referred to cats. Do you now have more than one? In our lower 2nd Avenue loft in NYC, when Jay was failing and couldn't help, I found an enormous rat in the toilet. He was not well. I picked him up with tongs and threw him out the rear window into the parking lot, where he landed on a white Cadillac. I am wishing I could have seen the guy's face when he went to collect his car. That sucker was as big as a small dog.
comment by tealstar on Oct 27, 2017 7:52 AM ()
That's a funny rat story. We have a Las Vegas cat that we don't know well enough to take all the way to Colorado in the summer. He is one of those neighborhood cats, and is very independent, but likes Mr. Tbend.
reply by troutbend on Oct 27, 2017 3:26 PM ()
The sight of it peeking out would have me screaming. It seems as though the cats already knew -- maybe you're right that one did bring it in.
comment by drmaus on Oct 27, 2017 6:44 AM ()
For me, it's not as scary when they aren't scurrying. It was more like watching a squirrel in a park, but we didn't get a look at the big long tail. That might have been scarier.
reply by troutbend on Oct 27, 2017 3:21 PM ()
I caugh t a mouse with a glue trap and felt a little remorse because it
was crying so pitifully. However, I put it in the trash anyway.
comment by elderjane on Oct 27, 2017 6:42 AM ()
Sometimes our cabin guests have brought their own glue traps, and it puts us in an awkward position, because we can't peel the mouse off of it to throw him in the river like we do from our live traps, but we hate putting a live or almost live mouse in the trash for a week waiting for pick up. In the river, they have a chance to swim to safety downstream, or might become food for the fish.
reply by troutbend on Oct 27, 2017 3:25 PM ()
Or maybe in got into Mr. T's car in LV and came to Colorado knowing the mayhem that was going to happen in LV--rats are smart!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 26, 2017 8:12 PM ()
We're both here in Las Vegas, mice/rats in the house are a rarity here.
reply by troutbend on Oct 27, 2017 3:18 PM ()

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