Rat caught sneaking through cat flap is rescued and named Prince Charming

Prince Charming is now looking for his forever kingdom (Picture: RSPCA)

If you were at home, heard a scratching sound from the cat flap then spotted a rat trying to get inside, what would you do?

Many people would immediately jump up onto a chair to avoid it brushing their ankles, or phone their housemate or partner to come and deal with it.

But when this actually happened, the rat was rescued and named Prince Charming.

The ‘hungry’ rodent is thought to have been keen to find some food when he was seen making the daring mission into a stranger’s house earlier this month.

Luckily, the person who spotted him realised he was not a wild rat and called the RSPCA rather than pest control.

They brought the animal inside and put up posters in the neighbourhood in Winsford, Cheshire, and posted on Facebook to try and locate the owner.

The poor rat was hungry and thirsty (Picture: RSPCA)
Nobody has come forward to claim him so he will soon be rehomed (Picture: RSPCA)

RSPCA Inspector Caren Goodman-James collected the rat from Weaver Street on August 11.

Sadly, no owner has come forward for the one-year-old rat so the Manchester and Salford branch will look to rehome him soon.

Manager Susie Hughes said: ‘This poor fella must have been very hungry and in need of care as he was brave enough to try and climb through somebody’s cat flap!

‘He has some wounds to his tail, maybe from an attack by a predator and he is a little underweight so needs some TLC before he will be ready to be rehomed.

‘He is very friendly and has such a gentle nature. He’s so adorable in fact that we have named the young rat Prince Charming, in the hope that he gets his fairytale ending very soon.’

Rats are intelligent, highly social animals and have very complex needs so a lot of research is needed before taking on rats as pets.

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