Q1 yes - use what you suggested. The dust won't do anything really.
Q2 no - rat poison in a ceiling should be a standard fitting. Rat will become rats very quickly. Can't even believe you're contemplating the idea of living with a rat... Remind me never to come have dinner at your place
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Cool Rat. Was he wearing shades?
Can you imagine THAT party?
"Hey dudes, what's dis cable?, I'm gonna bite it..."
"ouch....umm man, that was my tail, you idiot Give me your shades, you cannot see in the dark...."
"Oh...hi dude, sorry bout your cable....."
get rid of it now. the glenwood area in durban has a serious problem with rats at the moment. they are all over apparently and i've had so many of these bastids in my house they have destroyed stuff. eaten cables, munched my one kitchen cupboard to nothingness. i'm going to have to redo my kitchen soon. they eat your food, leave droppings all over the place. they are a health hazard.
rats are pests and unless you get rid of them they will continue to breed and be a problem. all these rat traps on the market don't work, trust me i've tried so now i just poison the f'ers.
Reach out as you live life. Aim for the moon and if you miss reach out and grab a star.
If you're going to just twist the wires together, do yourself a favour and solder the wires while you're busy. Besides offering a better connection, it also means next time you're stumbling round the roof and kick the cable accidentally you're not going to rip the cable apart. Use some heat-shrink or insulation tape around each wire.
Also you can get 'humane' rat traps and then release him somewhere else. But really, it's a pest, you know what needs to be done.
Superb thread title!
And the OP wanted to keep it as a pet! SMH
Just fed the poor thing he must be hungry, lovely creatures. I feed mine corn, they love it..... wait let me check the name on the packet ................... ah, its Finale for rats and mice. Cheap too. one packet goes a long way.