Tuesday, 15 February 2011

For rats you need a terrier

A cat who will take a full-grown rat or a squirrel is a rare creature. Mice and voles by the dozen, small songbirds whenever they can, but, generally, rats no. They will snatch a juvenile rat, and have a sort of deterrent effect on adult rats showing themselves, but to make inroads into a rat infestation you need one of two things - a tin of Cymag (now banned by the EU) or a terrier. Ratting with a terrier is still legal in the UK, and to see the dog at work is a joy and a pleasure. 


C'mon Dave. Keep Kitty indoors and let the dog see the rodents ... 

12 comments:

H said...

Well I recall the rats on the streets of Bombay, who could have quite happily dealt with any cat!

Elby the Beserk said...

Quite so. We're going ratting soon with out terrier cross border collie Pig.

Notches to date.

1 squirrel
1 deer - called him off while he was trying to bring it down. After all, it was on Lord Bath's estate.

greg tingey said...

Rubbish!
Our old tom-cat, Hermann, had several rats - he ENJOYED larger rodents - more fun!
Since then (Hermann died about 20 years ago) all three of our successive toms, Fledermaus, Sarastro and Ratatosk have had rats.
The current neutered queen, Hexadecimal killed a squirrel about 5 years back, and caught another one last autumn......

greg tingey said...

Rubbish!
Our old tom-cat, Hermann, had several rats - he ENJOYED larger rodents - more fun!
Since then (Hermann died about 20 years ago) all three of our successive toms, Fledermaus, Sarastro and Ratatosk have had rats.
The current neutered queen, Hexadecimal killed a squirrel about 5 years back, and caught another one last autumn......

Anonymous said...

Of course No 10 got themselves a pretty cat. It looks good even if it is inadequate for the job. I expect it was a Lib-Dim decision. Just how would it look if U-Tube got film of a terrier finishing off a rat outside No 10. The Guardianistas would all faint, the BBC would be outraged, and Lib-Dims would flounce. MPs would assure all of us that such cruelty would be banned, and quite possibly Cameroon would be summoned to Brussels for a dressing down by Herman.

Raedwald said...

greg - they clearly breed 'em tougher round your way. All my London cats have ever done is watch the squirrels - they don't even bother adopting hunting pose, even at close range. The only challenge that interests them is sneaking in through next door's cat-flap to empty the neighbours' cats' bowl.

greg tingey said...

Admittedly Hermann was 1/4 siamese, and weighed-in at nearly 8kg, of stripey killer, and used dogs for play-toys ....
But Fledermaus, Sarastro and Ratatosk were/are pure-bred Birmans, anad Hex is half-Birman, half Norwegian Forest cat .....

Demetrius said...

If the terriers are set to deal with rodents will that mean that most of the politicians visiting Downing Street will be bitten as well?

Ed P said...

CallmeDave needs a mongoose to deal with the press.

Anonymous said...

No no no, you've all missed the point. You cannot possibly employ a fierce or effective rat-catcher in or around Downing St. or Parliament for that matter. There's 660 of the bastards and the poor terrier wouldn't know where the hell to start and any cat would learn very quickly how to skim off the cream.

Coney Island

English Pensioner said...

Haven't seen the dogs at work since I was a child evacuated to the country during the war. When the corn was cut in the autumn with the old-fashioned reaping machine going in a circle round the field with the uncut patch in the centre steadily getting smaller, the dogs would go mad! Any rabbits which accidentally got caught in the fray were grabbed by the first person to see them, after at they represented an acceptable meal. (How many of the modern town housewives could skin and gut a rabbit these days, my mother could and came from Paddington!)

hatfield girl said...

greg, My two Birmans, Xian Tung and Guglielmo, took rats regularly from the canal across the police training grounds in the Chad valley. Dragged them all the way back to the house to show them too. But our best urban hunting moment was when, hearing an amazing racket I rushed out onto the drive where a very small dog had just done in a fox in the rhododendrons; a worried owner kept saying to me
"He's a fox terrier you see, and - well - he 's done in one of your foxes but it's his nature."