Can rats kill domestic cats? It seems that New York City’s rats can according to a Bronx woman, Taleetha Stelight. She said that there is a rat problem in her apartment. She moved into 1898 Harrison Avenue five years ago and has encountered multiple problems.
Lately she’s had a rat infestation problem she said. She claimed that she woke up in the night to see her 10-month-old cat fighting with a large rat.
The rat killed her cat in the fight according to Stelight. She said:
“My cat is in this urn because she tried to fight a rat. She had to be cremated because they killed her.”
Stelight added that she worries now when she is at work. She’s concerned that her cats will fight rats and lose.
The management company have blocked some holes but without success. She is suing her landlord, Bronx Pro Group LLC. They say that they have received 311 complaints from Stelight! They’ve responded to them they say. They have ‘ordered extermination for the affected apartment’.
I hope they are referring to the rats. My thanks to News 12 The Bronx.
Seriously though, some rats are very large and they are said to be formidable fighters. Plenty of courage. I’ve seen small mice stand up on their hind legs and scream at my cat to defend themselves. Great courage again.
I believe that the lady is telling the truth. Domestic cats in general are not that happy trying to attack an adult rat of decent size. They might deter their presence but when called upon to attack a lot of cats won’t.
Perhaps cats have softened up over the years as Dr Morris in his book Cat Watching refers to the world champion ratter, a female tabby who plied her rat killing trade at the White City Stadium in London, UK. I don’t have a date but it was probably in the 1950s. Over 6 years the cat caught no fewer than 12,480 rats. This works out at 5-6 per day.
Perhaps the rats were smaller then!? Modern cats are more pampered and perhaps less efficient fighters. The White City tabby must have been an outdoor domesticated, working cat and well-tuned up to catch and kill rats.
It is ironic that the domestication of the cat around 10,000 years ago was dependent on the cat being a good ratter. And now look! The tables are turned. Although the first domestic cats were bigger than today’s moggies as they were tamed wildcats. They were also better hunters and more aggressive.
Ten thousand years of pampering by humans has left some cats unable to stand up to a rat. In fact, in the story the rat becomes a predator of the domestic cat.
The general consensus is that rats can’t kill cats. But I think that it is plausible to presume that occasionally it does happen as evidenced by Taleetha Stelight.
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