Yes, it’s always a worry when there are rats around that someone may put poison down which hogs may be able to access.
It would be nice if the hogs do come back after you took such care of them up to hibernation. But as they disappeared so late, they may come back late too. So don’t give up hope too soon. I’m still hoping that the one here will return.
Goodness, that’s a lot of cats. I thought 5 or 6 were bad enough. But none of them are ever anywhere to be seen if there are mice or rats around!