This happened down the street from us. I have rarely seen rats. We have lots of field mice, though. The cats don’t seem to do their jobs very well. If rats do start appearing I hope the cats will get out of their little cat beds and patrol the area. The only thing that the cats seem interested in is cat food and sleeping.
Ollie brought in a chipmunk a few weeks ago, and we have not been able to catch it. It lives off of cat kibble and seems much more active and lively than the cats. They seem to treat it like a pet, halfheartedly chasing it from time to time, but never catching it. Chipmunks are cute and all, but we don’t need them in the house.