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Squirrel in Basement. At Wit's End. Sic the cat on him or other plan?!

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  • #41
    They will also chew electrical wires and can cause house fires.
    I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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    • #42
      Aww - poor thing. I actually do not like squirrels (rats with tails) but something about our humanity makes us want to rescue the things when they are in a predicament.

      He may very well have had a nastier, more prolonged death from thirst or starvation.

      My Dad once caught a bat in our bedroom with a fishing net, while I gulped from the doorway.

      I had a few smiles, despite the stickiness of the situation, dear!
      Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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      • #43
        Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
        I would not be posting asking for advice. I would be 6 feet under. THAT would scare me TO DEATH.
        Then you probably don't want to know how I found it before it slithered under the refrigerator (I stepped on it with bare feet)

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          #44
          Originally posted by JBD View Post
          Then you probably don't want to know how I found it before it slithered under the refrigerator (I stepped on it with bare feet)
          Even reading this makes me physically ill. How did it get in!?
          ~Veronica
          "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
          http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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          • #45
            Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
            I learned many non-endearing things about squirrel life from the trapper...

            1. The males impregnate the females and then disappear. They will kill babies, even their own, so the females chase them away

            2. The females will eat all babies if they find a nest that isn't theirs

            3. They appear to have fully dismantled part of the chimney

            4. They have chewed a hole in my heater pipe meaning it will exhaust in the house if I turn it on. So it's no longer safe to use
            still want to rescue the little sh!ts?

            Yeah, they are cute....then I let the cat out. keeps the fluffy rats honest!
            Originally posted by BigMama1
            Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
            GNU Terry Prachett

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            • #46
              Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
              I learned many non-endearing things about squirrel life from the trapper...

              1. The males impregnate the females and then disappear. They will kill babies, even their own, so the females chase them away

              2. The females will eat all babies if they find a nest that isn't theirs

              3. They appear to have fully dismantled part of the chimney

              4. They have chewed a hole in my heater pipe meaning it will exhaust in the house if I turn it on. So it's no longer safe to use
              Oh boo! Dang squirrel (s). I had a vision of your cat ending up in the trap....
              Come to the dark side, we have cookies

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              • #47
                Squirrels are rats with fluffy tails!!!
                "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
                carolprudm

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                • #48
                  Yeah, my vote would have been to let the cat take care of it. I don't mind a snake in the house. A snake is not destructive in the house the way a squirrel is. (My mother disagreed about the snake when I was young. Several times and at top volume. She also disagreed about the role of frogs in a well functioning kitchen, but I digress.)

                  Sorry about your chimney and your pipe- that sucks. Sorry, too, that you were trying to do what you saw to be the right thing about the squirrel, and it didn't end up well.
                  "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

                  Amy's Stuff - Rustic chic and country linens and decor
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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                    Even reading this makes me physically ill. How did it get in!?
                    For obvious reasons that was my first thought too. How did it get in and how can I make sure this never happens again. The answer is not reassuring as snakes can get in through very small places like cracks in the brick mortar and doors that have any gaps. We don't have brush piles, high grass or anywhere much for them to hide where the cats and dogs can't find them so we've not seen many snakes in our 14 years here.

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                    • #50
                      Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                      What are we doing wrong? Why doesn't he go into the trap? Isn't he hungry? Doesn't he know he's torturing us? DOESN'T HE HEAR THE CAT SCREAMING!?!
                      OMG, I am still laughing at this. I soooooo know this feeling of rage exasperation! Classic story.

                      ETA -- now, I really appreciate the OP's compassion. Yes, squirrels do damage and oh yes, I have BTDT. We had flying squirrels (as in entire COLONIES) living in our ceilings and walls for several years when I was a kid. Amazing our cedar house did not burn down.

                      But I still do not blame the squirrels for chewing. They are squirrels. It's what they do and they are part of the system. People do lots of damage to my water and my air and my quality of life (especially the latter, LOL) but I'm not allowed to shoot them yet, sigh. So yes, damage sucks and if my house burned down due to rodent damage, I would be devastated (although good luck getting by the feline gauntlet). But my response is still not SQUIRRELZ ARE EVIL RATS OF DOOMMMMM! Moderation, folks, moderation.
                      Life doesn't have perfect footing.

                      Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
                      We Are Flying Solo

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                      • #51
                        Originally posted by Bacardi1 View Post
                        That's both ridiculous & cruel. One has to wonder how your brain works dear.

                        And yes, companies that deal with wildlife in houses don't automatically kill them. Except for protected species, it's the homeowner's choice.
                        They vacuum out Prairie Dogs and they aren't harmed. They are then relocated. Google it.

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                        • #52
                          Ok, am I the only one who is now picturing the hilarious "BunnVac 2000" from 'Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit?"
                          Life doesn't have perfect footing.

                          Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
                          We Are Flying Solo

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                            #53
                            Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking.
                            Please....
                            ~Veronica
                            "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                            http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                            • #54
                              Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                              Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking. Please let that horrible stench be something the other tenant is cooking.
                              Please....
                              keep praying, but don't hold your breath for it to be answered.

                              Ok, hold your breath...huff un short intervals, follow the trail.

                              (sadly, I have done that much too often. Cats do bring their work home rather often)
                              Originally posted by BigMama1
                              Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                              GNU Terry Prachett

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                              • #55
                                i have found for birds and squirrels: give them an escape route that where they can see ( or feel the air) from outside. Make sure the outside exit is the only source of light and they will take that route. For Mr. Squirrel it helps if the exit is located high up, since that is a squirrels natural instinct.
                                you will need to cover all other sources of light and don't do it at night.

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                                  #56
                                  The stench lasted only a day so maybe was cooking?!

                                  But... last night I discovered another living small adolescent squirrel in the basement. Same place as the last, chillin' by the pipe. The landlord is moving s-l-o-w to fix the hole in the pipe/problems with the chimney. Clearly, in the meantime, squirrels keep moving in!
                                  ~Veronica
                                  "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                  http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                                  • #57
                                    Trap them suckers!

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                                      #58
                                      Oh, and for the record, the cat has NO INTEREST in the squirrels. He's just ignoring them. Doesn't care. Not trying to stalk/chase/interact in any way. Survivial instincts effectively bred out. This cat can't even be bothered to LOOK THEIR DIRECTION!?
                                      ~Veronica
                                      "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                      http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                                      • #59
                                        That darn cat.

                                        Maybe you need a street or barn cat. Yeah, get one.

                                        Maybe your current very domesticated cat goddess is not hungry or over fed?

                                        I would get the exterminator to get them out!

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                                          #60
                                          This creature has never worked a day in his life... LOL...

                                          http://s5.photobucket.com/user/vxf11...ancat.jpg.html

                                          http://s5.photobucket.com/user/vxf11...chies.jpg.html

                                          http://s5.photobucket.com/user/vxf11...ntoes.jpg.html
                                          ~Veronica
                                          "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                          http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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