DISCLAIMER: It is not my goal to remove her pets or to find help here on how to achieve that. I am simply interested in exploring the Interpersonal aspects of this issue.
I am living in a shared house with other five people. One of my flatmates has eight pet rats in her room for three months now. In the beginning only one or two people were aware of the rats. In the past few weeks, we all became aware that she has rats as pets. In the past few days, we (except her) have been talking to each other about her having rats.
While talking with each other we all agreed that we all feel really disgusted and uncomfortable by that. This feeling was elevated when one guy showed us instagram videos showing her rats being free in the shared bathrooms, with one licking the tab for example, a photo showing one rat being inside a cup from the shared kitchen and he also told us that he saw her once coming to the kitchen area with one rat with her. All these things, plus that we are not aware of the quality of the hygiene she exercises to her pets, made us feel even more disgusted and uncomfortable.
Few days ago, We had a meeting all together and we expressed our concerns to her and she understood and agreed to our requests including keeping the rats in her in room at all times. After a couple of days though, me and the other flatmates talked again and agreed that we do not feel comfortable with any rats in the house at all.
Generally, me and another flatmate occasionally spend time with her and we have almost become friends. Therefore, we want to avoid any kind of fight or conflict. According to my contract and the rest of my flatmates contract, no pets are allowed, but since some comments suggest that this might refer only to cats/dogs we will be asking the landlord for details.
Supposingly the landlord does not allow rats as pets, how to tell her to permanently remove all her rats, without resulting in conflict and her being kicked out?
The part of removing the rats is tricky, since she can agree to remove them but fail to do so.