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Old 05-10-2009, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default !RATS! Do they serve any positive purpose?

As we were walking in the door with our Cookiecat still groggy from surgery and a big new bag of birdseed from Wild Birds Unlimited, our neighbors, one the condo board president, met us and announced birdfeeders were no longer allowed on the property. The reason - after a priest's house nearby was torn down, rats (dying or dead from baiting) were seen on or near the property.

(Don't even get me started on my opinions regarding the church's destruction of the beautiful wooded area along a creek, during nesting season, to build a new complex.) :mad::mad::mad:

The management, board, town is reacting, or is it over-reacting, to "rats eat birdseed, dog poop, composting" and will no doubt eat our entire property if we, very very few of us, have birdfeeders. :mad: Of course rats have not been seen back in my area, near the woods, but no matter...

I understand rats "spread disease". But this whole thing started me wondering, and I can't find the answer, do rats serve any positive purpose?
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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Not on our continent.
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Pets/companions?

Rats Veterinary Information you can use for your pet from Samantha Coe vetbase.co.uk
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:06 PM   #4
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I hate when people overreact that way.

Their purpose ... food for predators. Norway rats & house mice aren't native, but plenty of other rodents (various mice, Kangaroo rats, voles, etc.) are.

They also perform a great service to us in medical research, poor little guys.

I have two pet rats, Maggie & Penelope. They're sweet.
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Leslie: According to the above they are highly trainable and intelligent. Do you find this to be true?

I remember once in Santa Barbara I went to visit friends who had just bought a house that had belong to a University Professor. He had white rats and they had gone wild in the house. It was an open rafter house and they would perch on the rafters and look down at us while we were talking. Maybe they were listening to the conversation.
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Leslie: According to the above they are highly trainable and intelligent. Do you find this to be true?
I do. Also very curious.
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Really sorry Sage. What about buying one of those feeders that attaches to your balcony with the extension tray? What about donating a rat zapper to them? I do understand these are feral rats in the area not pet rats. Rats make EXCELLENT pets. They are extremely smart, very loving, and incredibly gentle. They make much better pets for kids than gerbils or hamsters. Ours is named Whiskers.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:14 PM   #8
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Awwww

I've already gotten into trouble here for having suet cakes and seed blocks on the balcony. Old rule: No feeders within 10 ft of bldg. I want to move to a patio home with woods and creek behind it.
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Mooooooooooooooooooove to a place that appreciates you.
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