questionsthere's a rat hanging out on my toilet?

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Well after spending 5 minutes watching the wet, gray rat bounce around my bathroom like a gummy bear and squealing like a banshee, I finally caught him :)

I harbor no ill will toward the rat and he will be released alive, well, and a little bit wiser..

He might actually be somebodies pet.. he pooped in my toilet. More than likely he was just freaked out because he was about to drown, but who knows? Maybe somebody trained their rat to use the commode..

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You gain karma points for letting him live. As for the pooping, rats are chronically incontinent, so it was probably luck that landed it in the toilet.

Very amusing story though. Has it gotten cold out? He most likely was looking for a warm spot...maybe you could keep him as a seat warmer? :)

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Great story. Question about the cleanliness of your home though.... do you leave fresh meat on the floor?

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Just looking for a warm place. I would check the outside to see where he got in and plug it up. Maybe a few humane traps to see if he has friends~cause he probably does.

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I have to say that once when I was a kid we found a drowned mouse in the toilet and my brother (know for being full of useless facts AND for making crap up) told me that they can come up from the sewer through your toilet. I still sometimes check the bowl before sitting down in the middle of the night.

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It pooped in the toilet AND was drinking from it?

Oh, that's just nasty.

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@wingnutzero: wait - that's frowned upon? oh... man...

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Great story.

It makes me apprehensive that you aren't concerned with the origins of said rat though...

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@curtisuxor: When a boy rat and a girl rat love each other very much...

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@okham: Rats can definitely be toilet trained. I mean, I don't know about literal toilets, but they can be litter box trained. I trained them when I kept them as pets. They're not incontinent, they just mark territory that way in the wild, so it's a throwback to that.

That being said, in this situation, yeah, it was probably just luck that a stress poo fell into the toilet.

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@chellemonkey: I don't know about mice, but that IS true for rats, at least in areas where there are older sewer pipes. A former boss lived in one of the older neighborhoods of the city, with beautiful old homes. He got up in the middle of the night to, er, have some "me time" as drchops mentioned, and found a rat in his toilet. As I recall, he grabbed his hunting rifle (or something like that) and tried to shoot the darn thing. I don't think he got the rat, but he totally destroyed a toilet and had to miss work the next day since he and his wife were still mopping up water (took him a while to get to the shut-off valve) and awaiting the arrival of a plumber. It was the plumber who told them about rats in older sewer pipes. From what I recall, he said that the older sewerage systems allow a bit of air in the pipes and that rats can swim through the, er, muck while keeping their noses in the air pocket.

Urgh!

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@belyndag: Great! Now I'll never be able to go to the bathroom without looking into the toilet in fear there may be something lurking in their first! GROSS!

I mean, I like my New York Subway rats, but I wouldn't want to find one chilling in my bathroom! (I don't live in the city, but they amuse me when I'm taking the subway when I visit!)

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@baybei: Seriously, I NEVER use a toilet without checking the bowl for rats! We laughed when my old boss called in and told us he couldn't come to work that day because he had destroyed his commode while trying to shoot a rat in it. Yet, here I am, 20 years later, and it haunts me still.

(This is one of many good reasons to have CATS!)

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@chellemonkey: When I was in high school we had a dead bird come up the toilet and end up in the bowl. At least that's the only explanation we can come up with. No open windows (without any screens). No one prone to finding dead birds and leaving them in the toilet (just my parents, me and my older sister and she's a typical squeamish girl when it comes to that sort of stuff). So it can happen. And that does freak me out just a little bit.

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@belyndag: Yeah, now I think I need MORE cats, lol!~ Creepy stuff!

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@belyndag: If you want to have a cat, have a cat. However from my experience <20% of all domestic cats are even marginally competent at catching rodents, while >>100% of them are good at causing mischief and destroying things that used to be important to you. I would never recommend getting a cat with the explicit hope of having it take care of a rodent problem.

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@lparsons42: LOL!~ I had a tortishell cat that caught mice all the time while she was alive. She used to leave them around dead, then one day I told her to bring it to me alive because I wanted to keep it as a pet. Sure as heck, that cat brought me a live mouse, with two perfect puncture wounds in it's neck. She promptly let it go when I saw that she brought me a live mouse and said, "Oh thank you for the lovely pet!" It took off like a shot, and ended up in a bag I had on the floor. Needless to say, I had to take it outside to dispose of it!

My moms cat on the other hand is as afraid of mice as she is! It's funny to watch the two of them when there is a mouse on the loose!

My current three have chased mice, but never caught them, I'm sure if the mouse didn't have a nice hidey hole that they couldn't fit in, they would catch it. They also cause lots of mischief and break lots of things I love...but they are still my babies, and I love them!

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Personally, I'm not concerned about rats in my toilet. Am always thinking of snakes. There are a lot of snakes in my yard. I am...how you say?...terrified of snakes. :-| My sewer line has been compromised by tree roots. Offending trees are now gone - they lived their life span & were cut down. Still nightmarish thoughts prevail.

Years ago went into the bathroom & saw what I thought was a pony tail holder in the sink. Odd, I thought. Especially odd when it moved. It was a very tiny snake. About 4-5 inches in length. Did not kill it, though I thought about it. Found a plastic container w/lid & took it outside. Trust me, I always check the sinks, toilets, bathtub & shower for errant snakes now.

Rats? Yes, they do live in palm trees. Pondering.... I have many in my yard. Oh, crap! Snakes AND rats!

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@gmwhit: Now I'm sure I won't sleep tonight! Rats are bad enough, but as far as I'm concerned, the only good snake is a DEAD snake. Urgh!

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@gmwhit: Greeeeeaaaatttt! Just one more nightmare to keep me up all night. Thanks! Blech!

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I have heard about rats and snakes coming up in toilets. I use to know a woman who was using her toilet only to have a rat "poke her hello". Yes, THERE. I NEVER use the toilet without checking the bowl, that's what cell phones are good for in the middle of the night!

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@belyndag: & @baybe:i Sincere apologies. Did not intend to spread my horror. On a lighter note: We have palmetto bugs here in Florida that fly. These are what I call large roaches. Some seem to be the size of VW bugs. They're big. Really. :-)

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A toilet-trained rat? That could win a bunch of bar bets!

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@gmwhit: Yeah, I know all about those palmetto bugs. Sorry, but imo, they are roaches that fly! They are creepy and evil, and one of the few things I loathe about visiting Florida!

I'll stay here in NY where the roaches don't fly! Plus, I'm fortunate enough not to see them very often. However, I did see some pretty BIG ones in the subway once! Creepy suckers

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Update: The rat has been safely released.. coincidentally, right near the city dump :). I didn't drop him right at the dump though - I wanted to give him a goal. Now he can frolic and live out the rest of his rat days is garbagey splendor.

Glad there were a few people who thought this was as funny as I did (and do) :D

Oh and let me just say, that picture doesn't do him justice at all.. He was well over a foot long - he was jumping almost waist high too, which was pretty strange to actually see happen in person.

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Coming in from the sewer is not the only way a hypothetical animal could reach your toilet. Most dwellings have a drain-waste-vent system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drain-waste-vent_system), which in essence means there's an open vent on the roof that leads to the wastewater pipes. I think this might explain the dead bird in the toilet reported earlier.

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@drchops: "don't leave old meat on the floor or anything like that"
haha! That's definitely the best part of the story!

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@gmwhit: We have those bugs here in Louisiana, too. It's scary when you forget they fly and try to whack them with something, only to have them come after you (or so it seems). Yuck!

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OMG...WHY oh WHY did I start reading this thread?! Ick! Eek! Yikes! The daily margarita is definitely gonna be needed earlier than usual today, and maybe, um, more than the one...

I must say I do admire the coolness of the OP, though. And, for the record, my cats are just as likely to bring in rodents as shoo them out. In the last 2 weeks, when I'd left the cat door open to the outdoors (no longer!) I got an opossum in the sunroom that my cats enjoyed watching, but did nothing about. Then they chased a live mouse into the house that required a lot of furniture-moving to get out again. Then one apparently brought a bird in its mouth, through 3 cat door openings, before letting it loose. I didn't notice til the bird went flying up to the skylight in my living room!