Is it true that when you harm rats, they retaliate?

@modstar (9612)
Philippines
December 30, 2008 9:22pm CST
It's like when you harm them, them will look for your personal belongings like clothes then they'll chomp on it. Some people say that rats can recognize the smell of their perpatrators. Can this be possible?
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• Philippines
3 Jan 09
yes i believe this. i don't know how they can be so smart. they even know when they're being talked about so instead of saying "rats" when we talk about them, we call them "mabait" which means good in english so that they wouldn't know we're talking about them. and i saw this really weird thing. do you know that rats' bodies are very flexible? i saw a rat come into our house by squeezing it's body under the doorway, the gap between the floor and the door. the space was like paper-thin and yet, it was able to come through. i couldn't believe it but i saw it with my own two eyes. so we put a door seal on our door so no more rats could come in.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
3 Jan 09
I'm not surprised about the rat's flexibility but can they really know if we're talking about them? The only animal i know who has that ability is Moochie, my dog lol! If that is true then i'm in deep trouble.
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• Philippines
4 Jan 09
that's what my parents told me. =) the rats don't like it if we talk negatively about them. they would retaliate.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
4 Jan 09
Hmmm maybe they are clever. I wish there were other things in the world that retaliated like this. If there were then maybe people would be less likely to be nasty to them.
• India
31 Dec 08
ya mod star i definetly agree with ur point of that rats to retaliate . the best example is that my mother got bite from a rat because she just stepped upon on it tail a it bite of in a fraction of second and went of .thus being small in nature the rats do have the nature of fighting back and they do fight back thus i agree purely that rats do have the tendanca to fight and retaliate back. HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
15 Jan 09
in that case, I wish I were a rat to my enemies so I can take my revenge by chomping on their personal belongings. Have you seen bite marks on your bath soaps, too? I think I wouldn't want to be using them anymore.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
Yup, I've seen lots of bitemarks on my bath soaps. I still use them though. Lol! It's an added grip so it won't slip off my hand hehe. I guess we'd be spending a lot on soap if you're my wife. lol!
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
15 Jan 09
we'll try pest control then? once the rats are eradicated, we can always file for divorce.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
I may be naughty sometimes but i'm a believer of christian beliefs so i say no to divorce. hehe.. Let's keep the rats at home.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
6 Jan 09
Hello modstar, I don't know but it seems true to me. My sister has a problem with rats. Her neighbor has a messy house and the rats running here and there and sometimes into her house. So, she put all kind of stuff to let them go away. But this small creature became bolder and started to intrude more space in her house. They even entered her bedroom and destroyed her clothes in the wardrobe. She spring cleaned the whole house and managed to get rid of them when the neighbor moved out.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Same goes here. Rats here at home originally came from the neighbor's.
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@Galena (9123)
4 Jan 09
rats are very clever animals. I don't know if they'd seek out your property on purpose for harming them, but they definitely recognise people. when I came home from a holiday my rats were so happy to see me. they kept grabbing my fingers, licking my face and just sitting there looking at me, they were so happy to have me back. I expect wild rats would learn to recognise the people in their surroundings, and know which ones would respond in which ways to them.
@Galena (9123)
19 Jan 09
thanks for best response :D
@djoyce71 (2512)
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
Yes, they do retaliate when you harm them. One time, I tried to kill a big rat but I did not catch, during the night when we're all asleep, he destroyed our things, ate papers and pooed on the floor.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Well rats here put holes on my shirt!
@zackyo7 (301)
• United States
31 Dec 08
No I've never seen that before. Besides they always go for your clothes and stuff. They take almost anything they can bite into. But I don't know much about rats but I don't think they are that smart. Oh well you can never know.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
31 Dec 08
Maybe it's got something to do with their keen sense of smell and that whoever harms them, their smell will be programmed right away on their mind.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
31 Dec 08
OMG I know they are becoming very smart, mice and rats are very hard to catch in traps these days, they seem to know, I wouldn't be a bit surprised at what they can do, i hate those little creepy things...
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
31 Dec 08
It happened to me a lot of times already so i'm beginning to believe that it's true lol! Yeah, they're really becoming smart as time go by.
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• India
31 Dec 08
ya definetely agree with u modstar my got bite from a rat as she just stepped upon the tail of it and it retaliated as soon as possible. gorats to have the tendance to fight back if we harm them. happy new year
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
31 Dec 08
Well, rats here at home retaliated not physically but they bit my clothes leaving lots of holes. My earphones were cut into pieces because of the rat. My slippeers got ugly because of rats.
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@kissie34 (2296)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
Well, I really don't know whether its a fact or not.. But I had heard this many times already.. I had harm so many rats before but I haven't experienced yet they fight back or took may personal belongings.. In our house, there are so many rats can be found since the back of our house has big grass and trees.. The rats my father usually found were really big just like the size of a cat.. My father always make some traps for the rats and he had killed so many rats already.. Big and baby rats.. If that was fact, then thanks God that the family of the rats who had killed my father didn't revenge on us..
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Well, that doesn't really seem how it would be, to me. I would think that if you pinch them or threaten them, they bite or run away, and then they just go on with their lives. Though, I don't think they would understand the significance of clothes. Though maybe just the smell of someone who they recognize as a source of pain makes them more aggressive. I don't really know.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
6 Jan 09
I never harm rats. I avoid them all the time. There was a time I lived in a place that had rat traps all over but rats were still there and it was disgusting because I could see their heads chopped off and smelled. I never even buy a rat trap and use it. I think there is always a rat in a house or dwelling, but it won't be that many if the environment is regularly cleaned including outside the house like sewer etc. That's why I pay attention to house cleaning and hubby for the outside. About the rats ability to smell, it is possible. I mean they can smell food from far, why can't they smell other things?
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I have never heard of this. I imagine if you hurt them and are standing right there, they will bite or something, but I have never heard of them seeking out your belongings.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
4 Jan 09
Well I do not like rats but I love the idea that they stick up for themselves. This sounds great. I think it is wonderful that they do this. I know it is not good that you got bitten when you did not mean to step on their tails but it is good that there is an animal in nature that will stand up for itself like this.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
2 Jan 09
I don't know if that is true or not but I know that rats try to find an escape route because they are afraid of human beings. They try to find the same route the way they have entered the home.
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I'm not sure if they can or not. I just know that I have mice that are way to smart. I have to break down and get a cat. They should have rent a cat and if you want you can keep. I know nothing of rats. My girlfriend has some as pets and I won't touch them. She told me to hold her rat while she gave it med. I looked at her and said heck no not even on a good day. I hate them. You have a great New Year. Your friend onlydia
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I suppose that anything is possible. I have heard some people say that rats are very intelligent. I know one time we were remodeling this old house and in the kitchen there was this big hole in the floor. We noticed that there was signs that there were rats in this house so we got the biggest rat traps we could find and set them out. We were actually living in part of the house while we remodeled it. Anyway, the next morning I got up and went out to the kitchen. There in that hole sat the biggest rat I had ever seen caught in the trap but still alive. He was glaring right at me and I swear it was like he was saying what the bleep are you doing in MY house.
• United States
31 Dec 08
I don't know about that. I have only harmed a couple of rats in my lifetime. Neither of them lived to retaliate.
@MizzLadyB08 (1175)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I do not know how true that is but if it is true there are a lot of people thats going to be in trouble.