There has been some confusion about the prey me and my tabby brofur bring home. We hunt RATS not MICE. If fact, I have not seen any mice since we moved from North Fort Myers. The only rodents we have on Cape Coral are roof rats (or the occasional escaped domestic rat).
Roof Rat: Also known as the Black Rat, Ship Rat, & in Florida, the Fruit or Citrus Rat.
This is the only rat we have to worry about although Norway Rats are known in Florida, we never see them this far south. They generally stick to the panhandle, where it is cooler.
Roof rats are usually gray to slightly brown in color. Adults are typically 8 inches long, with a 9 inch long tail. The tail is long, dark, and scaly. Roof rats prefer warmer, more tropical climates than Norways. Roof Rats get their name because they spend about 90% of their time above ground. The live in trees, run on power lines, the tops of fences, and they really love to live in the attics of houses.
Females have 4-6 litters per year, with 6-8 young per litter. They are fully weaned within a month, and sexually mature in as little as two months. They don't live very long in the wild, seldom more than a year, and even less if I am around.
Roof Rats are nocturnal, which is why you hear them scampering in your attic in the middle of the night. This is also the best time to hunt them.
House Mouse: The House Mouse is commonly known, but rarely seen in Florida. Many people who claiming to have seen mice, have in fact seen juvenile Roof Rats. Mice are very small, less than an ounce in weight. They exhibit behaviors similar to rats. They are nocturnal, like to live in homes, and destroy food and property with their chewing.
Sometimes we eat the rat and sometimes we do not. Because I live feral for a while, I am more likely to indulge in the eating of prey than my brofur seem to be. If I catch juvenile roof rats, especially, I love to munch down on them. The older ones not so tasty.
The hunting of rodents is a very serious business for us. Rodents can be very damaging to properties. Their teeths grow all the time and so they are always gnawing on things, like woodworks to wear their teeths down. This can very damaging to homes.
They can also carry diseases such as rabies, not to mention parasites like fleas, ticks and mites.
Remember, they are not like the cute fancy rats some people keep as pets. These are wild animals and are likely to bite you if you try to play with them. Rat bites, BTW, are very painful.
The best way to kill either rats or mice is to use the pounce technique. Basically you sneak up on the animal and then very quick pounce on the rodent's back. This usually breaks their back and prevents them from running much, so you can control them better until you get a killing strike in. Remember that you must move fast with them as they will bite back and you do not wish to get nibbled.
We were given the Kreativ Blogger award by -d ma and the crew at .
I winned this award last month from Karen Jo as well. So I am just going to re-purr-t what I write then:
List 6 things that make you happy. Pass the award on to 6 bloggers who you think are Kreativ. Link to the blogger who gave you the award. Link to the blogs receiving the award. Notify the recipients.
Here are six things that make me happy:
2. Being with my bean.
3. Getting combed with my shiny comb.
5. Laying in the sun on a warm summer's day.
6. Getting lots of comments, so please make sure you leave me one!
I would now like to pass this award on to:
Misha, for his Purresident of the world contest,
Top Cat Rules, for their beautiful scrapbook pages,
Goma, for a furry Kreativ blog,
Daisy & Harley, who always has fun and Kreativ things on their bloggie,
Cat Synth - for all the music,
and everyone at CCSI for all the hard work and Kreativity that goes into their productions.