Do cats keep rats away?
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In theory, you would think that cats WOULD keep rats at bay,
but itís often definitely not the case. We have been called
out to a great number of homes that also contain both cats
and dogs, and yet these homes are still infested with rats.
If cats and dogs were as great at rat-catching that everyone
thought, there would be no rats in properties that were also
home to these creatures.
Sticking with the subject of cats, and they are often rather
scared of rats. Rats have grown bigger and larger than weíve
ever seen them before, and in some cases, the rat can be
almost as big as a small cat. Generally they grow to about
30 to 40 cm in length, tail not included, but there are
constant reports on the news that they have grown much
bigger than that - fatter as well as longer.
Cats are not particularly used to dealing with larger
rodents like that, mice being generally their biggest
play-thing, and will often run away from the larger rat,
particularly if they are even larger than usual.
Of course, owning a pet could actually be the reason that
you have rats in the first place. What do you do every
morning or every night for your pet? You put down food and
water for it, usually in a bowl, and almost always on the
floor. If your cat or dog can get to these places, a rat
most certainly can, and in some cases, the rat may even have
swiped the food from right under your pet's nose. Having
food left lying around is the biggest thing that attracts
rodents to residential and commercial properties. Owning a
cat is actually more likely to attract rats, rather than
Of course, there are many other things that you will need to
think about when it comes to owning a cat and trying to get
rid of rats at the first time. You will need to make sure
that your domestic cat doesn't get too close to the rat
trap, for example, otherwise you might find yourself rushing
to the vets and with a very big bill on your hands. At the
same time, you can't put poison down because you will run
the risk of your cat getting to it. Not that we would ever
recommend you using poison to get rid of the rats, of
course. This often causes more problems than provides
solutions, just in case you didn't already know.
And, on top of that, there are diseases to worry about, many
of which a rat can both carry and transmit to your poor
pampered pet. Ticks and fleas are one of the biggest things
to worry about, but rabies isnít a common occurrence. There
are a whole host of other diseases which a rat can pass onto
your pet, however, and these are situations you most
definitely do not want on your hands.
Find out more: Rat diseases that affect humans
In short, cats do not keep rats away. Their food might even
attract them. Cats are often scared by large rodents, such
as mice, and there are diseases that rats can carry that can
be passed onto your pet. On top of that, you will have a
nightmare situation getting rats out when you have a cat,
and itís even worse when you have multiple - cats. You will
need to make sure they can't get access to any traps or
poisons, and are also safe from rat attack, and the diseases
they can transmit in the process.
Rats + cats = a very bad idea.
Go back to the Rats in the Attic
Learn more with some other educational articles I wrote:
What if a rat got inside my
Do rats make good pets?
Do dogs keep rats away?
Are rats dangerous to cats,
dogs, or other pets?