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Old 07-10-2005, 04:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I got up this morning and checked behind the sofa to see what had been left for us.
Everyday there is something.
Well today there was 2 young rats, and a BAT.
How an earth did they catch a bat??? I didnt even know we had them here, someone is certainly turning into a master hunter/hunteress.
They all have multiple bells, I dont know how they do it. I know when my guys are out because it sounds like santa is coming with all the bells.
I just cant get over one of them caught a bat!!
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Old 07-10-2005, 06:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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thats pretty impressive!
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Old 07-10-2005, 10:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow the ultimate hunter! Super swift!
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Here in the US the dead bat would have to be handled with extreme caution and tested for rabies. There have been cases where unvaccinated cats became infected with rabies after an encouter with a rabid bat.
Carrying the bat in its mouth (without biting it) is enough for an unvaccinated cat to become infected.

A vaccinated cat (depending on how long ago it was vaccinated - we have a 3 year protocol) - would most likely recieve a booster shot after an encounter with a bat.

My understanding is that you don't have a problem with rabies in the UK. Is that correct?

Just a few days ago my vet was telling me things about rabies (and bats and other carriers of the disease) and she mentioned that the tiniest opening is enough for a bat to get inside a house. A surprisingly tiny opening.
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Old 07-10-2005, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Someone I work with had a bat get in their house and their cat caught it. He and his family were awakened to the sound of a bat swooping around the living room. Apparently the cat woke up, strolled out to see what all the activity was, and proceeded to grab the bat out of mid-air. My co-worker then disposed of the bat.
Fortunately the cat was up to date with her rabies vaccinations.
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Correct there hasnt been an outbreak of rabies since the 1950's
However there has since been the occasional wild animal which has been found to be infected.
My guys dont have rabies shots, but because of the way they are in hunting I have their vaccinations done annually.
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Old 07-10-2005, 02:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My boys caught a bat and hid it in my closet. For three nights everytime the bat would fly out and drive my boys crazy. I kept trying to catch it and release it but the bat kept hiding in my apartment. Finally, after three sleepless nights, I came home from school one day and found the bat in Sunshine's mouth

I immediately pried it out of Sunshine's mouth and released it outside. I don't know if the bat made it or not.
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Old 07-10-2005, 02:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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From what Ive read of bats ~ the rabies aspect is over rated.
We have more problems with coyotes, dogs etc being carriers
in Arizona.

We're finally realizing bats are more our friends
esp with the Nile Virus disease
in mosquitos and not enought bats
to eat them to control this!
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My mothers cat, Prince, has caught 4 bats in the last couple years.

So we know the Rabies quarantine drill.
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