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Animal Poo ID.

Hi all,  About eight and a half years ago a little cat adopted us at work. We took her to the vet and had her scanned for a microchip it turned out that she belonged to one of the vets receptionists and was 18 months old..

The lady said as she had adopted us she would just leave things as they were if we were happy to look after her. Since this time she has lived in and around our workshop being very helpful in controlling vermin, we often get presents of mice rats and rabbits left for us in the workshop.

Since friday she has been terrified to come into the rest room where she is normally petted  and fed, we couldn't understand why.  Marmite as she is known has access to the workshop via a six inch square section of cladding missing from the bottom of the rear door, unfortunately this means anything else small enough can also get access..

When we got into work this morning there was quite a strong smell in the rest room, on investigating we found several small poos around Marmites biscuits and some of them pulled onto the floor. We would all be very grateful if anyone can identify the culprit. many thanks in advance. 

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The poos are about one inch long and 5/16 inch across. not rat.

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on a brighter note it was lovely to see these little fellas enjoying the cosmos this evening.

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Last edited: 04 October 2016 20:09:25

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  • The nearest I can think is mink, which would tie in with the smell. It's a bit small for mink, but I suppose there are small mink around.  Certainly would put off a cat. I've got ferrets, several, and they're softies by comparison with mink. 

    H-C 

  • Are you near water?

    H-C 

  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 164

    Hi Hortum thank you for the reply, our thoughts were mink or escaped ferret. We are about quarter of a mile from the river Stour in Dorset.

  • Not ferret, too black. Little mink, or little poo from big mink!  A token offering.  

    H-C

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,008

    Can you put up some kind of camera to find the culprit?

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 164

    Hi madpenguin we have arranged to borrow a wildlife camera tomorrow hopefully this will help

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,008

    Be interesting to find out what it is!!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 164

    hi Mu apart from being frightened of being in the rest

    room she seems ok and is eating when fed in the office

  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 164

    Hi all   The mystery of the animal poo has been solved.  We couldn't borrow a wildlife camera so decided to set a cage trap last night.

     On arriving at work this morning we found the culprit in the trap and the Medal goes to Muddle-up.  It was a very large hedgehog, as the poos were only small we figured she must have young somewhere so we released her and she led us to her nest which had three young ones.. The nest was under an unused work bench behind a fork truck transmission. When we disturbed the nest  the smell would have knocked you over. Didn't realise hedgehogs smelled so strong.

     we rang the hedgehog rescue and explained everything and was told that a mother hedgehog protecting her young would be up to seeing off most smaller cats. we were also advised to release them into the wild as they still had time to put on enough weight before winter.   We have built them a little house with a partitioned nest area and relocated them in the bosses garden on a smallholding.

    So for the time being a happy ending, hope they all survive.

    Mother and babies ready for transporting

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    Their new house complete with leaves for bedding should they want them.

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    Thank you everyone for your time and posts.

    Last edited: 07 October 2016 19:36:45

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,008

    That is lovely to hear.

    I thought it looked like hedgehog poo ( I have a lot on my patio most mornings!) but never thought a hedgehog would scare a cat!!

    Nice to know the mystery is solved and hope the hoggies put on the weight for the coming winter.

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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