The Great Rat Race

@ElicBxn (60141)
United States
September 8, 2008 12:56pm CST
Well, I promised to tell my fly story, but to tell it properly I need to start with the first part. The former roomie, Maggiepie and I used to have one bathroom and to make it look nice, I had some fancy soaps in a dish by the sink. One day I asked her where one of the soaps went - she didn't know. I didn't know, okay, I looked around for it, but no soap. Then, a few days later, another was gone. How odd, I thought and guessed it might've gotten knocked off or something. Then, the last one was gone - not a single idea where any of them went, but they were gone. Maggie and I were wondering where they could have gone but no ideas. Then, the big bar of soap had teeth marks in it and I spooked a rat in the bathroom. Well, now we know where the soap when. I was all for locking my cat, The Doctor, in the bathroom and taking care of the problem, but Maggie wouldn't hear of it. She made some calls and we came up with what would hopefully trap the rat so we could let it go. We put food in a narrow necked bottle, standing on end and gave it like steps up to the opening. About a week later I opened the bathroom door and there was a RAT! it wasn't in the jar. It jumped in the tub & I grabbed some of the "steps" and crammed them in front of the knothole door we had found so it couldn't go back inside the walls. I grabbed the stuff out of my way and headed for the rat. It jumped out of the tub, ran out the door and slammed head on into the wall across from it. It took a 90º turn to the right and slammed head on into the closed door. Took a 90º turn to the left and slammed into the door at the end of the hall, another 90º right took it into the bedroom. Oh GREAT! I thought. I told Maggie to make sure the bathroom door was shut and started turning the bedroom upside down to get the rat out of it. Rat ran from under a bed and slammed into the open door, looked left - saw Maggie and turned right. It slammed head on into the ac grill and did a turn to the left. It ran down to the OTHER end of the hall and slammed into the wall and turned toward the kitchen. "Oh NO!" I yelled, chasing it, just knowing it'd get into the kitchen and under the range or behind the fridge. I guess it saw the wide open spaces of the kitchen and the furniture in the livingroom, because it angled itself into the livingroom. (breath heavy sigh of relief) I parked Maggie in the door way between the livingroom and the kitchen and opened the front door. Back then we had inside/outside cats so we could do this. I then started turning over furniture in the livingroom. The rat finally ran out, headed for the kitchen, saw Maggie and turned around and ran out the front door. Meanwhile, the cats, including The Doctor, were watching, wondering what "mom" was doing now. That rat ran right past The Doctor (Maggie says it ran between his legs.) I was rather funny, the look on Doctor's face. He had this "What'cha doing mom? What'cha doing?" then "What was that?" as the rat ran past! And that was the great rat race. Turned out to be a couple more in the walls, we never did get those 2 out, but the roomie insisted on feeding them dog food (at the suggestion of the University of Texas) for the rest of their lives - and it was a number of years too. quick story about the food - she wanted to go get special "rat food" for the rats, I didn't recall seeing special rat food so I suggested she call the university and see what they suggested - it turned out to be dog food - since we had a dog anyway it was no big deal to put some down for the rats too. After a while we stopped hearing the rats fighting in the walls, and guessed that one had died - then the food stopped disappearing and we knew the other had gone - that was over a year after the first and we knew the other was dead. So, to make this a discussion - have you ever had rodents? These were actually the second time in this house we had some, and we got one again during the remodel, but I trapped that one and got it out of the house - did put a cat on it but he failed to catch it.
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13 responses
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Thats sooooooooooo funny..I can just imagine you & the roomie running around like crazy chasing a rat..haha...Looks like your cats are just too spoiled to get the mouse huh? that is just sooooooo funny...I did have a rat once & i set out traps & caught them..My sister had a mouse so she sat out a trap with cheese in it to catch the mouse....One day i went to see her & took my little dog "Tiny" well all of a sudden we heard that trap go off & i said oops look like you got that mouse...Well lo & behold here comes my "Tiny" with a piece of cheese in her mouth,now that was funny,she got that cheese and never got popped,but set the trap off..We all had a big laugh wondering how my small dog got that cheese from that trap without getting hurt...She loves cheese
@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I'm sure that The Doctor would've gotten it, if he had known it was coming! Doctor killed more than a few mice and other rodents over the years, just not in the house.
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@BarBaraPrz (17970)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
8 Sep 08
slickcut My cousin's dog wasn't so lucky when they visited me. Poor Buddy got smacked on the nose. He looked like his feelings were hurt more, maybe because my cousin started laughing at him.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Poor baby , i have no idea how my "tiny" missed it but shes bad about sneaking up on things but it was so funny ,she was just eating that cheese & we were all laughing..
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@tess1960 (2387)
• United States
8 Sep 08
This was hilarious, picturing it all in my head. What a great comedy skit. I never heard of feeding rats dog food before. That's a new one to me. We had a rat living in one of the outside dog houses before, no dogs just houses. It was eating from the fast food restaurants near by. Scared the h*ll out of my husband when he went to move that dog house and found the nest and all. The rat got hit by a car in the alley, not fast enough or too fat from all the burgers and fries. I was just glad we didn't have to deal with it.
@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Oh, it was one of those things that you wondered why the dumb rat didn't break its fool neck. It was actually funny while it was happening and got even funnier after it was over. We were having trouble standing up by the time the thing ran outside!
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@GardenGerty (92211)
• Marion, Kansas
8 Sep 08
Long time ago I worked at Wal Mart. I worked in receiving and we kept the dog food in a trailer until we needed it on the floor. The mice would come in from the vacant field, and they ate tons of dog food. Hi Pro raises some pretty healthy sized mice. I did really enjoy this story Elic.
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@tess1960 (2387)
• United States
8 Sep 08
We feed our mice peanut butter on a mouse trap. Sorry for those skiddish of killing anything but mice are very desctructive. Now I'm not sure about you but the difference between mice and rats here is mice are tiny, white or gray and cute. The rat was huge, almost the size of a small dog (chihuaha) and brown and black and fat and ugly. I am told they carry disease and will attack just about anything if provoked. We've never seen one since that first one and I hope we never do. As for mice we get them about every other year and it takes about a month or two once we notice them to get rid of them all. I found out my daughter used to feed the mice cheese when she was a teenager and treated them like pets. I'm just so glad she never got bit. I guess feeding them is better than them eating whatever they want, like getting into my cereal.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I would have been running around the house like a chicken with its head cut off LOL. I would have let it have the house until someone else could get in there to get it out for me. I don't mind mice but rats scare me.
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
9 Sep 08
If it had run TOWARD me rather than away from me I'd've had a problem! These weren't really big rats, I think this might've been a youngster - but all I really cared was that it was GONE! I didn't really want them in the house, but Maggie is such a softie - I'm like - what ARE we keeping all these cats around for? Let them earn their keep!
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9 Sep 08
Hi ElicBxn, That was just great, the poor rat trying to escape but then managed to do so, I could amagine both you trying hard to get the rat and as for the catcher that couldn't catch a cold was so funny. Once when I had my conservatary door open a field mouse came runnig in and my cat baby was sitting on the floor waiting for her dinner when this little mousr came running in , ran passed my cat and it was so funny she raise her both paws up as the mouse ran past and she wondered what is was, Baby never catch anything but my Tom is the one he used to always go and bring a little pressy back for me, but now he don't which very good, he is getting on a bit I think, anway thanks for making me laugh with you story. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
9 Sep 08
The Doctor was normally was pretty lethel, but that day it was just so funny as that rat ran right past him. We don't know exactly who are the mighty hunters now, but they do kill or inflict injury on rodents on a regular basis!
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
wow what a story, I had a mouse once, but the exterminator came and blocked up the hole and that was the end of it. We have had cockroaches in the past and most recently fleas but they are finally gone.
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
8 Sep 08
those roaches and fleas are persistant where the former roomie lived the exterminator said there was nothing he could do to keep the mice out - but the cats did a good job taking care of them once they were in
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@BarBaraPrz (17970)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
8 Sep 08
That rat wasn't blond, btw? Yeah, when I moved into my present home it had been empty for many months, so of course, the rodents moved in for the winter. I used both the spring traps and the glue traps... I don't recommend the glue traps. I woke up one night to screaming and hollering and cursing, too, coming from downstairs. A mouse had gotten stuck to the glue trap and didn't like it one bit. Of course, I wasn't about to unstick it, so I took my shoe and whacked it a good one, then put it in a plastic bag in the garbage. After that, no more glue traps. Now, if only I could get rid of the squirrels in the attic...
@Hatley (161812)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Sep 08
nope cannot say that I have ever had a rodent problem. But when we had a cat then she always caught any mice or rats that were anywhere close around and would bring them to me as a gift. yuck.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Ours usually preferred to bring us crickets, spiders & newly-hatched snakes. Oh, yeah.... Maggiepie
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• Canada
9 Sep 08
Wow!!! what an entertaining story. I probably would have gotten out my trusty spray bottle that I use to distract the cat when he's somewhere he shouldn't be (it's just filled with water) and aimed it right at the rat! LOL Then I would have had someone at all the openings where he would have come out, to catch the little bugger. I really enjoyed reading your story.
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Considering that the rat wasn't paying attention to the WALLS, I don't think water would've done much! There were ONLY the 2 of us and I KEPT hoping a cat would take care of the problem! Oh well, it went outside and that did it too - so I was happy!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Now why do I have the sudden image of Bugs Bunny, arm swung over Elmer Fudd's shoulder (& the latter is weeping copiously) & the 2 of them singing a sappy version of Memories? LOL! What a time that was! Gonna tell 'em about the mouse we saved from the trash men, next? /o) Maggiepie
@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
9 Sep 08
you can do that!
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@larman (3)
9 Sep 08
haha well funny story any way good one.
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Ok..that rat must of been blind to be running into everything. lol Very funny story, Elic. Thanks for sharing with us. We have mice problems and always in the same place..under our kitchen sink and they get into our utensil drawers. Seriously thinking of changing everything around in all my kitchen drawers so the utensils are not in those 3 drawers. Tired of washing them every time I find droppings. The bait I put under the 4th drawer always ends up killing them but not before they run all over the interior of the 3 drawers above it.
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I guess I'd pull the drawers out and find the hole the mice are getting into the drawers and plug it. I talked to several people that suggest even craming some steel wool into the hole will stop the mice/rats from getting past it.
• United States
23 Sep 08
That's just it. I would have to pull the whole cabinet out being they are getting in under the shelf where the pipes come in at. We can't get to it any other way. I can remove the drawers but not the shelf. There is a 4 inch gap between the floor and the base of the cabinet but not where the drawers are. I'd like to know how they are getting into the crawl space being all the holes leading outside are well sealed. We made sure of that. They sure can't gnaw through concrete blocks.
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@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
18 Sep 08
That was a great story...I laughed out loud at the bit where the rat ran past the cat...so not terrified of it and the cat goin...."HuH!!??" Rats stress me out a bit...I don't like them...but mice are ok provided they are in small numbers...like 1 or 2. They get to be pretty cheeky after a while...I had one who came in the window where my computer was, climbed up to the top shelf where the printer sat then he would look down on me over the edge as if to say.."Hi...how ya goin?" then when I looked up he would scoot off round the window sill...there were windows along the length of the room. They were pretty cute.
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Actually, rats are kind of cute too - if they aren't in your house! I have to say that even the next day telling the story about the rat it was funny.
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@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
18 Sep 08
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• United States
14 Sep 08
Elix sounds like it was the Great Rat race. I would have killed it myself. I know it is one of Gods creatures but I still would have killed it. No feeding the other ones dog food. It was kind of funny that the cat let the rat run between its legs, I think mine would have ran the other way. What a silly story and I bet you laugh about it now.
@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I do, it was even funny the next day. I didn't want to feed the rats, but Maggiepie is such a soft touch that she was the one who wouldn't let the cats catch them.