More Than 1,000 Feral Cats Have Been Released To Fight Chicago's Rat Problem
Well, folks, it seems a local Chicago animal welfare group has taken a page out of the Disneyland book of pest control, releasing more than 1,000 feral cats onto the streets of the Windy City to tackle the city's latest vermin problem – an onslaught of rats. Proudly bearing the number one spot on pest control company's list of “rattiest cities,” the Tree House Humane Society has taken an unusual approach in attempting to rectify their community's rodent issue, sending in a vicious army of adorable kittens, The Hill reported.
Drawing upon cats that aren't suited for life in a home, animal shelter and for whatever reason, can't return to their original colonies, are employed to do what they do best, catching rats as a part of the apparently highly lucrative Cats at Work program, working on behalf of businesses or properties that request and are approved to have an animal.
“Property and business owners provide food, water, shelter, and wellness to the cats who work for them," their website explains. “In most cases, our Cats at Work become beloved members of the family or team.”
Despite being unconventional, Sarah Liss who works for the group told local news outlet WGN 9 that the program has been a resounding success. “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,” Liss explained. Furthermore, despite the old adage of “when the cat's away, the mice will play,” such is far from the case, thanks to good ol' pheromones scaring rats away for good. “They are actually deterring them with their pheromones,” Liss explained. “That’s enough to keep the rats away."