I am almost 39 weeks pregnant and we recently moved to a new house that has quite a big property with lots of hedges, trees etc. and it is very close to the water in a rural/suburban community... an island, in fact.
We were living in a nearby town in the countryside before, but for some reason the new house has brought out a new side of our cat's personality:
SHE'S AN INCREDIBLY ACTIVE HUNTER.
In the past week, she has killed three rats, three mice and eaten two birds (this is all just that we know of.)
Unfortunately she has been bringing the rats inside to eat and the first time she did this very cleanly without much mess but this morning my husband has informed me there are rat guts in the hallway!
I FIND THIS SO DISGUSTING and I am wondering if I should be concerned about disease with the newborn coming IMMINENTLY.
The rats are not like city rats-- they live in the juniper hedge and probably eat seeds and berries and snails and such, and probably our compost.
I read a warning recently about West Nile Virus being carried by local birds...
We need to find a solution, SOON!
(I think the cat is trying to be protective of me... but I am not sure. We don't think the rats are coming from inside the house, but from outside, and that she is bringing them in.)