The Domestic Cat is the Best Rat Deterrent in India
One important duty that Matata does is scaring away a rat or rats that come into my storage loft, despite barricading the same.
I release Matata onto the loft and he quickly tracks them, if any, a detriment to these pest rodents that at one time they almost ran riot in my house.
I have mentioned the same in my previous entries and readers would wonder the reasons for rats taking a liking to my residence loft, despite regular checks and maintained the house.
I thought that "fencing" the ventilation openings would end the rat ingress problem but to my horror on Monday (6-6-2011) we heard a noise in the loft. The next day we again heard the noise and hence put Matata on the loft.
He quickly went towards the ventilation wire near the toilet, chasing the rat away. It seems the rats had bitten through the fencing wire and entered and henceforth the only alternative to controlling these pests is occasionally releasing Matata onto the loft.
Matata is a good hunter as proved by his hunt on the house gecko's and I hope the rats are scared of him and henceforth avoid my storage loft as their home.
Its an embarrassing thing to put into print but then it could be helpful to other house-hold suffering from rodent pests.
If you have a cat make use of it as a "RODENT DETERRENT" akin to "PEST CONTROL", only difference, cats are natural rodent controllers in nature.
Let your cat earn its upkeep maintenance expenditure! "Rat Menace" is a huge problem in most cities in India, resulting in massive destruction of food-grain products in store-houses. My house is personal witness to the destructive powers of rats if left uncontrolled.
A candid video of Matata sniffing through the house loft and then returning to the floor is on view above.
Cats maintain a natural balance in nature in controlling the pest rodents like rats. Don't "DE-CLAW" cats, its their natural defence as well as offence weapon for surviving in nature.