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Neighbour using rat poison

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FrancesNiadova Sat 17-Sep-16 15:28:00

I've found 3 dead rats in our garden. Our neighbour doesn't keep her barns very clean & I was aware that there were rats about; we'd put a tunnel trap down.
Anyway, when I found the rats I went and asked her partner if they'd put poison down. He said that they had. I told him that I was worried for my cat & that 4 years ago our other girl had died horribly after the neighbour had put poison down.
He said that 1 of their cats had died yesterday.
I'm so worried, we've been doing flea treatments on our girl then putting her outside whilst we do the house.
Our vets is now closed except for emergencies.
Is there anything that I can do?

thecatneuterer Sat 17-Sep-16 15:38:46

Bloody hell. They killed their own cat! I don't know. Make sure your cat is inside now. If you notice anything at all then rush her to an emergency vet.

FrancesNiadova Sat 17-Sep-16 15:46:22

I know, she killed our cat 4 years ago with her poison. If she kept her barns clean & her goats & chickens clean, we wouldn't have this problem.
I'm so worried I feel sick.

thecatneuterer Sat 17-Sep-16 15:48:52

Well if you think there's a good chance she has eaten a poisoned rat then I would take her to an emergency vet now. It may at least make you feel less worried, even though it's an expensive option.

FrancesNiadova Sat 17-Sep-16 17:27:38

I've just got back from the emergency vet; he opened the surgery especially for her.
He's prescribed vitamin K tablets as we think that she's had a go at one of the rats.
It was expensive, but what price the life of our lovely girl.
Thanks for your advice & concern TheCat

hmcAsWas Sat 17-Sep-16 17:30:43

Am I missing something. I am pretty sure that you can put rat poison in pet proof receptacles. Why isn't she doing this!

IcedVanillaLatte Sat 17-Sep-16 17:31:44

Well, it's horrible to think your pet might be getting poisoned, but it's not illegal to poison rats and there will be hazards if you let a pet roam around. I think it's the other side of the "I can't help it if my cat poos in other people's gardens and kills wildlife" thing, really.

hmcAsWas Sat 17-Sep-16 17:32:50

like this

I'd be tempted to buy her some and give them too her to safeguard your cat

hmcAsWas Sat 17-Sep-16 17:33:08

'to' her blush

IcedVanillaLatte Sat 17-Sep-16 17:35:21

But no, it's not very neighbourly.

thecatneuterer Sat 17-Sep-16 17:38:09

hmc what you're missing is that the cats catch and eat the poisoned rats. It's not that the cats eat the actual poison themselves.

thecatneuterer Sat 17-Sep-16 17:38:57

I'm glad you went to the vet OP. I'm so sorry about your neighbour's cat and about your previous cat.

FrancesNiadova Sat 17-Sep-16 17:42:18

Thanks TheCat I did take her to the vet; he opened up especially for her. It was expensive, but what price can you put on a life?
He prescribed vitamin K, so hopefully that will combat any rat poison.
Anyway, we're home now, and I've bought her some cat milk as a treat. She's sitting on the windowledge feeling pampered!

hmcAsWas Sat 17-Sep-16 17:45:16

Admittedly, I am no cat expert

Shallishanti Sat 17-Sep-16 17:47:30

put a bell on your cat so it can't catch anything

RubbishMantra Sat 17-Sep-16 17:49:03

Can't a cat be killed by eating a poisoned rodent though? A dying rat would make easy pickings for a cat.

thecatneuterer Sat 17-Sep-16 17:50:19

Exactly. A dying rat will still be caught by a cat with a bell.

RubbishMantra Sat 17-Sep-16 17:50:32

Sorry, X posted with TCN.

SabineUndine Sat 17-Sep-16 20:19:25

Are you in the UK? I'd report them to the RSPCA for not taking care of their own cat and letting it get poisoned. Poor thing!

FrancesNiadova Sat 17-Sep-16 21:03:38

Yes, our other girl caught a poisoned rat.
This girl seems fine. She drank some cat milk and has eaten about 1/2 pouch and some crunchies. She might be feeling a bit off because of the vitamin K.
Thanks everyone for your advice and concern.

Weedsnseeds1 Sun 18-Sep-16 02:04:05

Legislation on use of rodenticidess changed this year. It is no longer permissable to use rodenticidess routinely, non-toxic indicator baits should be used and if an infestation is identified break back traps should be used with toxic baits as a last resort. You could phone the BPCA for advice.

Weedsnseeds1 Sun 18-Sep-16 02:07:14

Rodenticides..... No double s, thank you auto-correct!

MoreCoffeeNow Sun 18-Sep-16 06:46:59

We live by farm land and from time to time one of the houses has a rat problem in the garden or shed. The council send a man out to put poison down, so it's not illegal.

He warns neighbours either side that he's doing it, so it's up to them to keep the cats in if they are afraid they'll eat the poisoned rats.

IcedVanillaLatte Sun 18-Sep-16 07:27:42

They changed the law? That's good. Rodenticide is a horrible way to die whether it's a rat or a cat (ex-rat owner).

WalrusGumboot Sun 18-Sep-16 07:41:20

Would environmental health be interested, if she's not keeping things up to a certain standard?

I hate HATE poison, such a cruel way to kill things.

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