We've two cats, and live in an urban area. They're both allowed outdoors, but only one of them really goes out. We've a small garden where they spend most of their time. Apart from the usual worries when allowing cats out (cars, foxes, idiotic people, etc) another problem materialised yesterday - rats. I didn't see it, but heard it rummaging in the bushes. We've had issues with rats, on and off, over the years here - always outside, and never nesting in the garden, but sometimes running along the fence or edge of the patio. As we've only had the cats 8 months, the rat + cat combination hasn't cropped up yet. In the past I've controlled the rats with poison (yes, I own up to it, I'm a very bad person). Now, it's got to be different: if any poison goes down, and a cat catches & eats a rat, then cat could get poisoned. This happened to our grey tabby when I was a kid. Also, if the cat brings a half-dead rat into the house, what then? The idea of a rat running around in here makes me quake!! Maybe our two won't go near any rats. Googoo, the outdoorsy one, is a pretty big cat though... Thanks for any advice!