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Thursday, May 13, 2021

In Chicago to combat a rodent problem they have brought in a thousand feral cats. Finally gainful employment for those worthless furry couch potatoes ... I've got one giving me the finger right now.

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This isn't going to end well.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-13 03:07 PM | Reply

Then we can bring in wolves to hunt the cats, bears to hunt the wolves...

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-05-13 05:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

this is all smarter than just paying to have a cleaner city isnt it?

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-05-13 05:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Cats need something to do.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-05-13 05:29 PM | Reply

I used to live in Chicago. They were all over the alleys.

I believe it's the 'Norway/Brown Rat' that dominates there.

At one point I read they can chew through cinder block and swim for hours without rest. Females can get pregnant within a day or two of delivering their offspring and males --------- multiple times while mating.

Respect.

#5 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-05-13 05:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Ratting dogs, managed in packs, will be more effective. Ever seen 4-5 Jack Russell Terriers operate? Savagery like you have never seen. These dogs are born killers who live to kill vermin. A couple of men as beaters, a couple of rat terriers for speed, some cairn terriers to go to ground, and 4-5 Jacks and you have the perfect death squad. Let them operate, and the kitties can take the leftovers...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2021-05-13 06:14 PM | Reply

This story sounds familiar.

Something about a guy named Pied Piper, maybe?

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-05-13 06:18 PM | Reply

These cats are violent and sterile.

And their pheromones make rats want to find homes elsewhere.

And if the cats are unsuccessful we will next end in neutered schnauzers and Terriers.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-13 06:55 PM | Reply

THAT'S A WHOLW LOTTA P***Y.

#9 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-13 08:31 PM | Reply

YouTube is full of videos with high-tech methods of trapping mice and rats. Chit-cago still in the 19th century.

#10 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-05-13 08:33 PM | Reply

#8
Angrydad is a cat?

#11 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2021-05-13 08:53 PM | Reply

It's interesting how the Polynesians survived long journeys across the Pacific Ocean.

#12 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-05-13 09:07 PM | Reply

Maybe the shooter rats should use the other rats for target practice.

#13 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-05-14 09:42 AM | Reply

Take a look at THIS Chicago cat ....

Damn.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-14 09:48 AM | Reply

The cats will forget the rats (tougher prey)
and kill off the remaining songbird population...

#15 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-05-14 11:18 AM | Reply

The cats are being provided with food and Shelter by humans who would not appreciate it if they were killing birds.

In fact it sounds like most of these cats are going to be kept indoors.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-14 02:32 PM | Reply

In fact it sounds like most of these cats are going to be kept indoors.

Ah... no, it doesn't. Feral cats are non-domesticated, live outdoors and avoid human contact.

After humanely capturing the feral cats, the humane society spays or neuters the animals and places them into residential and commercial settings with rodent infestations to act as an environmentally friendly rodent control.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-14 03:55 PM | Reply

On a tangent - but does Detroit still have sections of blight that have been taken over by feral packs of dogs?

I read a novel once that was some sort of apocalyptic end-of-society plague story, can't remember the name, and the domesticated dogs started forming dangerous packs almost immediately after humanity no longer controlled them.
Detroit chamber of commerce: you are free to use any of the previous sentence for tourism purposes.

#18 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-05-14 04:05 PM | Reply

"places them into residential and commercial settings"

AKA indoors.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-14 09:01 PM | Reply

AKA indoors.

JFC, what is your malfunction? How are wild cats going to feed and water themselves indoors?

Rats are a problem for humans that work and live indoors, so of course the cats are released in those places. Read the damn story and stop being so insolent and ignorant.

According to WGN 9, the Tree House Humane society has placed more than 1,000 feral cats ONTO CHICAGO STREETS since 2012.

"We've had a lot of our clients tell us that before they had cats, they would step outside their house and rats would actually run across their feet," Sarah Liss of Tree House Humane Society told WGN 9.

While the cats will hunt and catch rodents on occasion, their presence alone is a deterrent.

"They are actually deterring them with their pheromones," Liss told WGN 9. "That's enough to keep the rats away."

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-14 09:11 PM | Reply

Cat pheromones chase away rats.
1000 cats released in Chicago.
Yet there are still politicians in Chicago.

#21 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-05-14 10:01 PM | Reply

Cat pheromones chase away rats.

Up until now, I'd never thought about it, but my bedroom is in the finished basement of a 70 year old, post WWII bungalow home in a neighborhood with feral cats. We had one that would rest on a stack of outdoor chairs on the back patio, which my daughter would set food out for every now and then. In 8 years, I've never seen a mouse or any rodent. We do have squirrels, but I haven't seen any chipmunks either.

In my previous home - that was a new neighborhood built on reclaimed farmland - I had a field mouse problem, constantly catching these little pests as they squeezed through miniscule openings around doors. I never recognized that at that time there were no feral cats around either. The little boogers do a great job.

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-15 08:45 AM | Reply

#22

When I was a kid we had 2 indoor/outdoor cats within 3 years there was not a chipmunk in the neighborhood. As far as I know they were the only 2 cats in the cul-de-sac.

We keep our cats inside only now to protect the local wildlife.

#23 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-05-15 07:14 PM | Reply

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