Category Archives: rats

I Snared A Rat …

This wire-mesh cage was one of the two fabled weapons used for snaring those sneaky pests in my old kampong house.

Fatal Attraction by the bait lured the victim into the cage, to tug at its last meal, thereby triggering the spring-loaded door.   The trapped rat would later be executed via drowning — with the whole cage submerged under water.

I have not seen this kind of trap for almost 4 decades now.   Not that rats have disappeared; in fact even in my ‘squeaky clean’ adopted country,  a resurgence in their numbers is seen in recent years.   Perhaps rodents have also become more promiscuous these days, in line with the New Morality.

But in Singapore, one has a new weapon, ie., Facebook.   One post is enough to send politicians scurrying for dear life.  Oops, smell a rat ?

Crouching Kucing Hidden Tikus

That seemed like ages ago, in the earlier years of my childhood in the kampong.  When was the last time you saw a cat stalking and catching a rat or a mouse ?

We had one lean & mean Tommy boy, living on fresh rodent sashimi three meals a day. Alas, one day he went out and never returned.

The later replacements did not seem to be interested in hunting rats, mice or birds or anything that was alive.   They were contented to purr and brush their tails against our legs, waiting for some nice fried fish or meat or papayas (yes, papayas). Otherwise, they would do day-long siesta on the sofa with four legs facing the ceiling.

Had they made peace ?  Or eating rats wasn’t feline chic anymore ?