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Your cats and your other pets

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You may already have done this thread, but just in case...

I'm curious to know what other pets everyone else has and how they get along with your cats.

Aside from the two cats we also keep domestic rats (fantastic pets, I'd recommend them!). When the Rat Boys first arrived the Cat Boys were rather over-interested and jumped on the cage a lot. Once the rats got braver though they started hissing and trying to grab the cats' tails. The cats soon lost interest - not only could they not get hold of these annoying little creatures, but the rats COULD get hold of them!

The rats were terrified to start with and would freeze for up to half an hour at a time. But once they realised the cats couldn't get them they became braver.

The only time the cats take any notice now is if I get the milky drops out for the rats - the cats love to share and jump up next to the cage to await their turn. It's cute to see a rat one side of the cage nibbling happily away, and the cats just inches away enjoying their treats too!

The rats do free-range in our bedroom in the evenings, but the cats get shut out of the room at that point. I wouldn't ever want to take any risks and end up with a dead rat or a severely bitten cat.

Sooty gets quite jealous if I spend time with the rats. He doesn't spend much time in the bedroom (preferring to be in the lounge with us) but as soon as I go in with the rats he sits outside the door and yowls.

We'd like to get another dog when we move (our last one died just before we got Carrots) but unfortunately Carrots is terrified of them so it's something we will need to approach very carefully and not until we've got a bigger house (it's annoying, since we did mention to the RSPCA that we'd like to get another dog at some point and they assured us that Carrots was very happy with dogs!! Not true!).

Do you have other pets as well as your cats?
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I have 2 ferrets and 2 dogs. Most of my cats don't like the dogs(although my springer adores the cats, and wins most of them over!), and they get along wonderfully with the ferrets. I don't leave them unattended for the ferrets safety, but they've never tried to hurt them. I love watching Gracie with the ferrets-first she chases them, then they chase her, back and forth for hours until they collapse in a heap together and sleep.
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