View Full Version : Mouse in the vent?

08-27-2007, 01:52 PM

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:

master plumber mark
08-27-2007, 03:11 PM

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..

08-27-2007, 03:13 PM
I think I saw that movie... but with rats...:D

08-27-2007, 03:31 PM

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.

08-27-2007, 05:02 PM

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.

08-27-2007, 05:11 PM
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?

08-30-2007, 10:56 AM
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.

08-31-2007, 05:21 AM
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.

09-20-2007, 07:37 AM
definitely mouse... or in this case I guess its more like a toy :D

09-20-2007, 08:29 AM
If you look closely it appears he used the toilet as well.