After being in England for a couple of weeks, my darling Laurel and Hardy thought they would bring me in some presents to welcome me home.
Actually it was Laurel both times with Hardy watching with respect! The first present was a bird that I rescued and released with just a few missing feathers.
The following evening I was working on my laptop and did not take much notice of the cat-flap being used. That was until I was aware of Laurel by my feet and ‘something’ running over them! Then looked down and saw a small rat run away towards the kitchen.
Laurel just looked bemused as he had no idea what to do with his present, apart from giving me a problem. I pulled the fridge out as I saw it disappear behind but no luck. I wasn’t fast enough.
There was nothing I could do until the next morning, when I headed straight down to the hardware store to buy a trap….no little mice traps in Turkey, but serious rat traps. That evening I baited it with a little sausage and slid it under the kitchen units well away from little cat paws. But really no problem as Laurel and Hardy had already forgotten it was in the apartment.
Later that night, my partner, Baris, saw it emerge from its hiding place and eat the cat food! And of course, the next morning, an empty trap, but it had somehow taken the sausage!
The following evening, re-baited, the trap caught nothing. This was one smart rat but I was determined to catch it. I often have little lizards running around the apartment in the summer and I really do not mind, especially as they will catch small flies. But this rat was definitely unwelcome.
On the third evening, I put a newly baited trap inside one of the cupboards where it had been, and during the evening, I heard the snap of the trap. Gingerly opening the cupboard door, I was relieved to find a very dead rat. Even so, I was hesitant to pick it up but forced myself to do so and quickly took it outside.
Since then, I have had stern words with Laurel, telling him how much I love him but please refrain from bringing me anymore presents!