I’ve always said that I will feed any critter that comes to my doorstep but I guess that’s not true.
On Friday, a rat came to my back door. I was on the phone with my mom and I saw a flash of brown fur go by just outside the slider. I went closer to investigate and a young rat appeared. Scooby saw it and launched himself at the glass. The rat ran away. I didn’t feed it. I let the cat out!
Within five minutes, Scooby came strutting into the house with the unfortunate creature in his mouth. Chaos erupted as I tried to chase Scooby outside before he could drop the rat (I thought it might still be alive at that point.) For some reason, me trying to shoo Scooby out made Smarty think we were going somewhere and he started bounding around the house barking.
Finally, Scooby took his new toy out into the yard to play. Since the poor little thing was too dead to run, he made it fly. Over and over again, he threw it up in the air and leapt after it. The photos I captured are blurry but I still enjoyed seeing Scooby in action. He’s such a funny kitty. For a senior citizen cat, he has a lot of playful kitten moments!
Then, bored with a toy that wouldn’t run from him and displeased with the lack of praise he got when he brought it in the house, he returned to his usual reserved, seemingly condemning self.
I do feel bad for the rats but they’re so destructive that we can’t let them move in and start families and it seems kinder to let the cats take care of them than to trap them. Rats are the one downside to the greenbelts that run through our neighborhood. Of course, Scooby doesn’t see them as a downside. He enjoys having a supply of toys nearby!
I apologize to any rat lovers who stumble upon this post. I do think they’re cute and, if it were up to me to get rid of them, we would be overrun with them.
In case anyone is wondering, yes my backyard really looks that bad right now! It’s filled with moss and the grass completely died where Smarty’s kiddie pool was. It looks so bad I don’t even like to go out there. I don’t think we can put off laying down sod any longer.