1000 feral cats released to eradicate the rat problem in Chicago

What do you do when your city is overrun by rats? There are possibilities of annihilation and poison, but then you would put the city and all of its living residents at risk of toxic exposure. The Tree House Humane Society in Chicago explains, “Common rat control methods such as poison, gassing and trapping are ineffective solutions in the short term.”

And in a metropolis the size of Chicago, rodents will find a continual buffet, as “garbage and dog feces are a continuous food supply for rats”. But there is a much more natural solution to rat extermination that has been proven time and time again for centuries and is called the feral cat!

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The original rat eliminators, wild cats, are known to reduce the rodent population in an area thanks to the instincts of both the cat and the rat. While cats certainly hunt rats, their very presence is a deterrent to rats. A cat’s smell says there is a rat hazard here, and they go!

The shabbiest city

And that kind of help is exactly what the city of Chicago needed. With rats taking over the streets and houses, Chicago earned the Orkin Exterminators title of “rattiest city in America” ​​for six years. To counteract the city’s vermin excess, the Tree House Humane Society developed Cats at Work, a program that places feral cats on willing lots to solve the rat problems.

Sarah Liss of Tree House explained, “Many of our customers have told us that before they had cats, they would step out of their house and rats would actually run over their feet.”

And with over 1,000 wild cats across Chicago, the rats are on the run!

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But don’t think that a furry bunch of feral cats descended on the streets of Chicago in one fell swoop. The cats were released over a period of nearly ten years with the Cats at Work program starting in 2012.

How it works

Interested parties apply online first. Once applicants are approved, “two or three cats will be brought into residential or business settings at the same time for environmentally friendly rodent control.”

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“Real estate and business owners provide food, water, shelter, and wellness for the cats who work for them. For the most part, our cats at work become popular members of the family or team, and some even have their own Instagram pages. “

As feral cats, many of these cats are not intended for indoor living, but the Cats at Work colonies “make sure they lead their best lives”.

To learn more, visit Cats at Work online. You can also call or email the Tree House Community Cat Team at 773-262-4000 x114 or [email protected]

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