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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

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Posted:My cat managed to catch a big brown rat a day ago and brought it in the house. It obviously fought back as my cat has the scars to prove it. Well to cut a long story short the rat is now free inside my house, despite many attempts to get it out of the house it seems to want to stay.

It smells sooooooooooooo bad and I really want rid of it. I need to find somewhere that sells humane rat traps so I can catch it and then release it back out in the wild where it belongs. Anyone know where I can get one in the UK?


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MiG
GOLD Member since Apr 2004

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Posted:you can, i think, get cat/rodent/small wildlife traps, that basically act as cages.

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You open it, put bait in, and put it somewhere. When the bait is taken, the lid closes, and voila, you have a solution.


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maus
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Posted:www.pestproducts.com/humane_live_traps

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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

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Posted:thank you for your replies.

I know what the traps look like. I just need to know where I can purchase one in the uk.


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nearly_all_gone
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

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Location: Southampton

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Posted:http://www.trap-man.com/rat-trap-multi-catch-humane-rat-trap.htm
(this is UK, despite the fact it's .com)



http://www.martleyelectronics.co.uk/rat_mouse_traps.htm#live_animal_cage_trap
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http://www.martleyelectronics.co.uk/rat_mouse_traps.htm#monarch
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smile Good luck, and good on you for going humane. Worth noting, from The Vegan Soc. website, "CHECK TRAPS REGULARLY - at least every 6 hours, preferably more often, as mice may die in them if not promptly released." I know it's not a mouse, but there's no point trapping it humanely for it to suffocate slowly wink

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maus
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Posted:um if its any help my brother had a mouse problem a while ago and managed to pick up one of those cage things from the local hardware shop,so i would imagine if you've got a fairly big one near you,you could try that?sorry can't be of more help.

ooh and well done for doing it humanely,its good to see!x


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Skulduggery
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Posted:Thank you for the links NAG. I particulally like the pic on one site ubblol




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nearly_all_gone
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Posted:Written by: Skulduggery


I particulally like the pic on one site ubblol




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"Lemme out you bugger!" ubblol

Ah, I was tickled by the imprisoned Rat. That'll teach you, theiving sod! Just because I don't want to kill 'em doesn't mean I have to like 'em wink


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Skulduggery
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Skulduggery

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Location: Wales

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Posted:Oh I quite like my rat apart from the smell. If he wasn't so wiffy I would wait for him to get bored and leave.

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nearly_all_gone
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Location: Southampton

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Posted:They freak me out... the tails, mainly... and since reading 1984 at the age of about 11 I've always had a Winston Smith-like dread of them wink

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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

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Posted:I used to keep rats as pets (not the so smelly kind though). They have a very sweet tooth, so things like frosties (the cereal), would work well as bait.

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Igirisujin
SILVER Member since Jul 2005

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Posted:Why ot let your cat catch it? Dont tell me you think letting animals do what animals do isnt humane?

I love rats tho myself, domesticated ones, wild MICE tho i also like, well ok I dont mind them at least. Theres one that lives in my room actualy, think it came in from the barn next door.


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

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Posted:I honestly believe that the ones that instantly kill the rat are the most humane.

I've seen rats and mice literally die of fright when caught in "humane" traps. And they always come back, if you let them go.

The sticky ones are by far the worst.


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Posted:Oh god, rat traps look so brutal.

Some you actually screw to the floor... most of em have countless spikes.

Eugh.


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Posted:eek
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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

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Posted:the rat probably thinks he has gone to heaven and will try get caughht by the cat agin

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myco
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Posted:i used to have a humane mouse trap, which was made of plastic. my sister and i had a mouse in our house which just would not be caught by conventional mouse traps. it would eat the bait, but escape being squished.

after several weeks we tried the humane mouse trap, which neither of us had much faith in after the amount of times the mouse got away. however within a couple of hours of setting it, we had a little mousey caught in the trap.

the only problem then was that we had no idea what to do with it from there. we ended up freeing it in a park. apologies to anyone who lived near that park redface


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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

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Location: Wales

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Posted:The rat in my case appears to have got out of the house through the cat flap and scarpered all by itself. I'm just hoping it hasn't gone out to get re-enforcements so that it can come back and take over ubblol

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

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Posted:My friend tried trapping "his" rat humanely. It was too smart though. Then one day one of the guys in his flat opened the fridge a bit too violently. They heard a sound, and realised he had squashed the rat dead between the fridge door and the wall. shrug

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VampyricAcid
SILVER Member since Jun 2005

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Posted:humane rat trap?? open a window, set up a small catapult, loat it with cheese and hide patiently biggrin

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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Posted:hey skuls, much respect to you for going out of your way to avoid causing undue suffering.
might i suggest that now would be a good time to set about further minimising the appeal for rats to stay: putting food away, clearing scraps, not letting Jon mark his territory...


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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

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Location: Wales

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Posted:Ok an update

Sadly the rat did not get free by itself. It did infact die. It is now smelling very very bad. I can't get the smelly lil bugger out either as it is wedged between the wall and a very expensive kitchen cabinet. I am now armed with a grabber from work and HOPE that this evening I will be able to pull it out before I throw up. I never knew that dead rats could smell soooooo bad. It is vile!

Bender hun, the rat was only in my house because my cat caught it down by the canal and brought it home. It was a BIG rat and my cat got bitten by it once he had pulled it into the house through the cat flap. After that my cat was too scared of it to go after it. I think it died because it had nothing to eat and maybe because of the shock of being trapped in a house with a crazy woman and a wimp of a cat ubblol

Thanks for all the advice. Fingers crossed I can get it with the grabber.


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