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Snakes work well initially but only feed every few weeks.
I watched my cat get a huge rat and then eat it whole - just left the tail. It made me feel a little queasy as it sounded like it was eating a digestive biscuit. That cat has since disappeared but we have two others. One regularly brings us 'presents'. The other is just stupid - literally meows at prey.

 


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chateauferret Flag 24 Sep 18 11.16pm

The cat I was referring to earlier has sadly had to be PTS but we've got two others now: and one of them is only a kitten yet but when she grows up she's definitely going to be the business.

 


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Yellow Card - User has been warned of conduct on the messageboards View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 24 Dec 18 10.56am Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Have just caught another rat in a Fenn trap in the garden but the trap has closed across its shoulder without killing it. Not sure what to do now; leave it to die I suppose, but that seems a bit cruel even for a rat. I canít get near it (realistically) to finish it off - Iím not sure how I would do that anyway with a metal trap all around it. I lifted the lid of the tunnel and the bístard went mental, shrieking and spitting at me. Gruesome. I knew I should have bought that air pistol I was considering.

 


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Not sure how big a fenn trap is, but it might fit (containing rat) into a full waterbutt

 

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Originally posted by YT

Have just caught another rat in a Fenn trap in the garden but the trap has closed across its shoulder without killing it. Not sure what to do now; leave it to die I suppose, but that seems a bit cruel even for a rat. I canít get near it (realistically) to finish it off - Iím not sure how I would do that anyway with a metal trap all around it. I lifted the lid of the tunnel and the bístard went mental, shrieking and spitting at me. Gruesome. I knew I should have bought that air pistol I was considering.

foxes will have it.

 


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Originally posted by HeathMan

Not sure how big a fenn trap is, but it might fit (containing rat) into a full waterbutt

The trap is no bigger than the rat itself. Good advice. Thanks.

 


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ChrisGC Flag Wantage 26 Dec 18 7.40am

Some excellent advice on here, we had exactly the same problem: rats were using our garden as a run to get to the neighbour's bird feeder. You've got to eliminate their food source mate so they go elsewhere, it's going to be very hard to kill them all.

Killing them all: traps are great, consider using soap as bait. They (and mice) like it as nest material, not all foods work.
Jack Russell's or terrier dogs are great if you can borrow one (I'm told).
Also, have you considered taking the war to them? If you know the nest is next door in the gamekeeper's gaff, why not you and him lay some poisoned bait down around it's parimeter and go prone with a couple of air rifles?
Forget the suggestion of humane traps, you're just moving the problem on somewhere else. They've got to go, simple as that.

 

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