Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
Yeah, you could probably make some good money. But it wouldn't make a dent in the problem. For that you'd need hundreds if not thousands of barn cats.

I was impressed with the video of the five or six little border terriers. They were amazing...I've never seen anything like it. But the rats screaming got to me and I had to stop watching...but yeah, border terriers, definitely the best way to kill lots and lots of rats.

And they're soooo cute....like little Benji's....




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Cats aren't going to kill all the rats, they will keep an area clear of an infestation and eliminate rats that come into their territory. I have dogs too so my rodent problem is exactly nill. The way I control the aggressiveness of the pest control predators is by how much I feed them. Less and they will forage more. More and they forage less. If they start taking down birds frequently I add food. I keep enough kibble around they have the energy to hunt. I also make sure the kibble is not the best tasting and they only eat what they need when I have a rodent problem. I want them to have a taste for rodents. However on my place the rodent population is very low, hence the opportunity to eat, so I use a higher quality better tasting kibble and treats to keep the cats and dogs around and healthy and active. I have too many cats and dogs for the area they cover. 6 cats and 4 dogs currently covering 2 acres. The only rodents that come through are from outside the maintained areas.

Screaming rats are part of the deal if using natural methods of control. I try to minimize poisons in my operations, I dont like using them unless I absolutely have to. Better to have well fed happy pooches and cats, than worry about vermin screaming.