The rodent eats cat food in the nighttime
August 23, 2010 8:16 AM Subscribe
What shadowy creature did I see eating my cat's food last night? What do I do about it?
posted by Katine to home & garden (31 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Last night, my boyfriend and I awoke to this *crunch crunch* sound of something eating my cat's food. I realized Kitty was on the bed with us and when I looked down from my sleeping loft to investigate, I saw a large shadow-y *thing* down there eating the cat food. At that point my cat ran down the stairs and chased the thing into the kitchen, where it disappeared. It was very dark, making exact identification impossible but it seemed to be the size of a very large rat, medium-sized kitten or small possum. It was big enough to loudly crunch on the food. The crunching, oh god, the crunching.
I am completely disturbed by this thing. What is it? Would rats and possums just hang out in a house and eat cat food? I have never had a mouse, rat, or even bug problem, though I do live on first floor (I live in Philadelphia). We have a bunch of little stray kittens in the backyard and I want to believe that it was just an adorable lost kitten. What do I do to keep my cat safe from whatever diseases this thing is carrying? Should I ask my landlord to call the exterminator or do you think this is a one-time invasion? How can I unhear that crunching sound?