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Cat with pet rats

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Clarissa Boath, Dec 7, 2019.


  1. Clarissa Boath

    Clarissa Boath PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    I just have a question.
    My cat has a collar with a bell but still catches mice, voles and birds (even a pigeon!)
    When I take my pet rat out, she smells her but doesn't seem to mind her at all.
    My question is, do you think my cat got used to my rat that it became somehow friends/family?
     
  2. Treaclesmum

    Treaclesmum PetForums VIP

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    Hi, yes she probably knows the difference between this furry friend and the ones she catches outdoors. You are lucky to have a cat who can accept a rodent as part of the family. However I would never leave them alone in the same room, especially with ratty out of his cage!
     
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  3. Milo’s mum

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    Hi Clarissa, from my experience of mixing up pets...
    Your cat is not of the Goofy type. He is a proven hunter. I will not trust him.
    Many years ago I had a very timid cat myself with a pet white mouse. My cat was the epitome of goodness, he never killed a fly (but will climb walls ). I would trust him enough to turn my back but again for less than 2-3mins.
     
  4. Soozi

    Soozi PetForums VIP

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    I would still be very careful. But it is possible that cat’s are ok with rodents!
     
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    I had pet rats when I was a kid. The cats would watch the rats play, from a safe distance! I never trusted them completely to be alone together.

    I would love to have rats again but mine only lived a year and it was too heartbreaking.
     
  6. Clarissa Boath

    Clarissa Boath PetForums Newbie

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    Yea, I try not to but a few times I have forgotten to close the door and saw them in the same room just chilling.
     
  7. Clarissa Boath

    Clarissa Boath PetForums Newbie

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    I suppose there is a time limit on how long you can and should keep them together. However, my cat doesn't seem to be bothered about her at all. If anything, I think she is more scared of the rat.
     
  8. Clarissa Boath

    Clarissa Boath PetForums Newbie

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    Yea I still try to be safe. Thanks! Just sometimes I leave the door open cos I take her out everyday to socialise. My cat doesn't seem to mind my rat
     
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    I keep rats & have two cats.
    I’ve kept rats for a number of years & both the cats I have now have grown up around them.
    My cats don’t take no notice of them, even when they are out of their cages. but still I’m very careful when the rats are out.

    I wouldn’t leave your rats cage open while you aren’t about, rats are pray animals & they might feel frightened & give your cat a nasty bite.
    While your rat is out of its cage keep a constant watch on your cat.
    I do think some can become friends, it just depends of the particular animal.
     
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  10. Smolmaus

    Smolmaus PetForums Member

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    I'm sure your cat knows there is some sort of difference but given that your rat probably behaves completes differently to an outdoors rodent, it could all be in that. If your rat got spooked at something and ran off the cat might automatically chase and then your rat ends up just like a vole or a pigeon. This is a far more likely scenario than your cat understanding the concept of "family" and then extending it to a rat.

    Considering the outcome is the death of your pet rat, I would never be taking any risks here. It's all risk and no reward letting them be in contact with eachother.
     
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