Some home owners are using feral or semi-feral cats to control an influx of rats in Oceanside, Calif, USA. One property owner in the video says cats are better than chemicals.
Cat are better than poisons for the obvious reason that poisons are indescriminate. They kill any animal whereas the primary prey of the domestic and feral cat is rodents. And cats are safe. And you’re saving the lives of cats when you employ them. They’d be euthanized if they were not successfully employed in deterring rats. This sort of ‘work’ also improves the public’s perception of feral cats. There are a lot of polarized viewpoints when it comes to feral cats.
I have chosen my words carefully. Cats don’t necessarily hunt rats (some do) but they do deter them. This pleases home owners. I suppose someone will say you simply drive rats to the next property. Well I hope the neighboring property owner also employs cats!
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As usual, I love to see cats being useful like this rather than being killed in shelters.