Rats in the city

The rats are getting bigger. Our youngest cat is about two years old and an avid hunter. But it takes a courageous cat to tackle a grown rat. She started with half-grown ones but she’s moving on to the larger ones or the young ones are just growing up.

She brought in the corpse of a rat yesterday. It was complete except for half of the tail. It looked about 8 inches (20 cm) long and weighed at least half a pound. So I measured it. If I curved a ruler around its back, it was about 10 inches (25 cm) from head to tail and it weighed 350 grams (10 ounces). If the city is interested in coyotes, I wonder if they’re interested in the size of rats? All of the ones Marlowe has brought in have been very sleek and healthy, and I know where she gets them: the garbage shed of the real estate agency across the parking lot.

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One Response to “Rats in the city”

  1. Another rat « Random Thoughts: If not now, when? Says:

    […] rat was a big one, probably 8 or 10 ounces, sorry, almost 300 grams, like the one that Marlowe caught in December 2006. Posted in cats. Tags: cats, […]

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