Kent, United Kingdom
Posted Jul 24, 2015
So another housesitting animal adventure. I was looking after a labrador, 2 cats and 2 rats. Apparently I gave the cat a superiority complex (when I left it slept in the dogs bed and beat up the dog on the stairs but that's another story) I was also looking after 2 lovely rats. Weasel was brown and Badger had the obligatory stripes down his nose. Very clever but I was worried as I had been warned that one of the cats would try and sneak in the bedroom where the rats lived in their cage in an attempt to get at them. So always super nervous I quadruple checked the cage was shut, the cat was not in the room and all was well. On returning to see them later I discover the cage open. No rats! Panic! I've lost the precious rats and what if the cat gets them? Thankfully after a few calls and some rustling they turn up. A bit of play later I return them to the cage. Consciously ensuring I shut the cage I leave. The next day. Cage open. No rats. I know this time they let themselves out. Some calling and the provision of breakfast entices them back. This continues throughout the family holiday and apparently, on their return, this is entirely normal. Next time just tell me.