I Raise the white flag.
Your Win, you dirty little rat.
There's only one strawberry plant that the rat(s) didn't eat last night.
Look at this ridiculous mess. Gnawed strawberry plants in a sea of cat deterring detritus. I already lost one plant because one of boys peed directly on it and fried it to a crisp. Then the rats started in on them and I started cover the plants with my handy water bottle cloches. They were starting to grow back and then last night I was out having a nice evening in town, came home late, forgot to cover the plants, and this is what I found this morning.
This poor little plant was just starting to recover form the first rat attack. *SIGH*
This was not meant to be a strawberry patch . . .
I'm going to try to move the plants to the other strawberry bed where I just cleared out some more space yesterday. I hope they have enough life left in them to survive the move.
Wish me better luck there.
In the mean time, more rat traps.