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BOTD 12-23-2015 Ricardo's Rat - A Kat Production

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Skater


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Ricardo’s Rat
A Kat Production

Your eleven-year-old son Ricardo is an animal lover. He has managed already to persuade you to allow him to have a pet cat (lone survivor of a feral litter rescued from a neighbor’s garage) and a pet dog (he just followed me home but I’m sure he doesn’t belong to anyone because he’s covered in fleas!) Today while walking the dog, he happened to see a stray tomcat with a rat near the dumpster of an apartment complex a few blocks from your house. The cat took off when he saw Ricardo and Sam the dog coming. Ricardo noticed the rat was injured but still alive. He picked it up and brought it home, where it is now resting comfortably in the nest he made for it in a plastic tub.

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You walk into a very tense situation, with your spouse upset because your son not only touched a rat but brought it into the house; furthermore, he refuses direct orders to remove the thing at once. Ricardo is near tears as he tries to enlist you on his side: “He’s hurt and I can’t just throw him out to die!”
Good luck resolving this one!


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Skater


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I'm not spanking him but I am taking the rat far out of his sight and destroying the animal and digging a hole to bury.

I will then lie to my son and say he ran away back into the woods.

Sue me I'm a liar


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Y Lee Coyote


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Skater wrote:I will then lie to my son
More lies!

Gosh, half the BOTDs for the last two weeks have been about problems caused by lies.

I don't know the right solution, but lies will surely backfire and drive a wedge between the two of us.

Y.



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David M. Katz


Marshall
Sadly, death is a reality of life. I appreciate Ricardo's point and his compassion..

We are off to the vet. In route, I will explain the realities of life including the difference in pet rats and wild rats. We will ask the vet to help the rat to pass on humanely and then go home for a small funeral.

(Sadly, I know from experience that to euthanize a small furry is not an expensive thing.)


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StevieWeeks


Trailboss
Yummy - rat for dinner and all... Too bad Ricardo only caught one!

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ivor


Marshall
A wild rat and a wild kitten are two very different propositions. Ricardo should just about be old enough to appreciate this.

My response is going to depend on how badly the rat in injured. If only slightly then we're going to set it free somewhere but if badly injured then we'll be off to the vets - although I suspect they won't be too happy to see us!

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MemoryMan


Sherrif
The rat will "die" from its injuries during the night.

In the morning I'll reassure Ricky he did all he could; then I'll find a suitable cardboard box and we'll have a little funeral at the bottom of the garden.

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Jack


Admin
Having been in a similar situation, I have to agree with David and Ivor.

If a rat was so injured that it didn't run away from Ricardo, then I'm betting it's very seriously injured, and putting it out of it's misery would be best for the rat.


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squarecutter


Sherrif
I agree with David about seeing the Vet and I sympathise with all parties including Mom. Ricardo I hope will learn from this that not all animals are pets and that this rat in particular could be carrying something very nasty

Kat


Editor Extraordinaire
I'm going with Ivor's solution. I hope the rat isn't too badly injured, but if it is, having the vet euthanize it will be best all around. I don't have it in me to kill the thing in cold blood.

Kat

Iconoclast


Trailboss
Y Lee Coyote wrote:
Skater wrote:I will then lie to my son
More lies!

Gosh, half the BOTDs for the last two weeks have been about problems caused by lies.

I don't know the right solution, but lies will surely backfire and drive a wedge between the two of us.
Y.
Lies almost never work even when they are carefully prepared in advance, which would not be the case here!

So I will ask Ricardo to construct a lockable cage for the creature where it can be fed and recover naturally, or not, as the case may be. Most likely the rat will recover at which time I will take Ricardo and the rat to a location far from the cat and our house where the wild creature can be released back into it's natural environment!

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Pi Beta


Deputy
We're taking the rat to the local wildlife rescue centre, St. Tiggiwinkles, where the staff will do whatever is necessary to or for the animal. We are NOT keeping a wild rat.

Maybe this will inspire Ricardo would like to volunteer to help out AT St. Tiggiwinkles where he can help look after animals without us having to house and feed them all at our cost!

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