WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Tree House Humane Society has released a total of 1,000 feral cats to solve Chicago’s rodent problem.
- Chicago had the most rodent pest treatments in the past year.
- According to the organization, cats are “actually deterring [rats] with their pheromones,” which is “enough to keep them away.”
A Chicago animal shelter launched a Tom-and-Jerry kind of approach to solve the city’s rat problem.
Through the Cats at Work program, the Tree House Humane Society has released a total of 1,000 feral cats into Chicago’s streets to serve as environmentally friendly rodent control. The number of working community cats has been totaled from 2012 to present.
The idea, welcomed by the community, potentially sprung up from clients’ remarks.
“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 told Chicago’s WGN 9.
Recently, Illinois topped Orkin’s list of the “rattiest cities” in the US for consecutively six times. More so, Chicago had the highest number of rodent pest treatments in the past year.
Before being deployed in the streets, the cats were rescued and spayed/neutered first. Only felines who aren’t able to thrive in a home environment, or cannot be reintegrated into their feral cat colonies, are part of the Cats at Work program.
Business and property owners take the responsibility of providing food, water, shelter, and wellness to the working cats.
“In most cases, our Cats at Work become beloved members of the family or team and some even have their own Instagram pages!” the website reads.
Typically, cats don’t eat many rats and would usually kill a few when they first arrive in their new environment — this scares the rat away so they would avoid the cat’s area.
“They are actually deterring them with their pheromones. That’s enough to keep the rats away,” Liss said.
Source: Yahoo Finance