Mouse in the vent?

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  1. dumpymcgee

    dumpymcgee AMERICAN STANDARD

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    Ok, this one is a little strange... I go to my downstairs bathroom yesterday and see both of our cats sitting in front of the toilet bowl, swatting inside the bowl. I walk up to the toilet and see a tiny soaked mouse in the bowl....alive. Its the first mouse I've seen in the house (field mice in the basment yes.) Do you think he swam in from the vent? :eek:
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  2. a sewer mouse

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    He probably came up the sewer or fel down into
    the vent on the roof and
    almost drowned himself going through the
    trap in the toilet bowl...

    once had a customer that heard a terrible racket in his
    bathroom and went in to find a half drowned
    squirrel sitting on the bathroom floor that had
    fallen down the 3 inch vent stack..and came up
    throughthe toilet bowl..
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  3. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    I think I saw that movie... but with rats...:D
  4. Furd

    Furd Engineer

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    I have never seen this done but why couldn't a cage of hardware cloth be made and affixed to the vent pipe? If made a few inches long it would not change the free-air area a bit but it would keep critters (or their nuts) out of the vent.
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  5. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    Snakes aren't too uncommon down here, but I've yet to see a rodent. My cats would absolutely love a live toy. The wife would not.
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  6. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    When I was a teenager, we had this old brownstone in Montreal, with a basement bathroom that my mother would not use... because she once saw a rat in the toilet. It happened another three times, in the two years we lived there, always after heavy rains. I found them twice, my sister the other time, but we only compared notes about 10 years later because we hadn't wanted mom to freak out...

    ...you sure it was a mouse, and not a baby rat?
  7. dumpymcgee

    dumpymcgee AMERICAN STANDARD

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    Now that you mention it ...it did look more like a baby rat than a mouse. We also had some really hard rain around that day. So what's the explanation for the rats? I'll upload some pics.
  8. dumpymcgee

    dumpymcgee AMERICAN STANDARD

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    lol... The cats are strictly the indoor type. The only other possibility I can think of is that he came in from the basement...got chased...and dove into the toilet to escape. From the comment above about rats though I think he looked more like one of them. Still need to get the pics off my camera. Then I'll let you guys be the judge.
  9. dumpymcgee

    dumpymcgee AMERICAN STANDARD

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    definitely mouse... or in this case I guess its more like a toy :D
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  10. dumpymcgee

    dumpymcgee AMERICAN STANDARD

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    If you look closely it appears he used the toilet as well.
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