Mews and Nips: Feral Cats on Rat Patrol in New York City

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In a new program funded by the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals, some of the city’s feral and stray cats now have a job to do: to control the rat population. Feline rat patrols watch over the city’s bodegas, delis and other businesses. Four cats roam the loading dock at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where food deliveries and garbage have drawn rodents for years. “We used to hire exterminators, but nature has a better solution,” said Rebecca Marshall, the sustainability manager at the 1.8-million-square-foot center. Read the full story on CBS New York.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we talked about how cats can save our souls, on Monday, we celebrated Halloween, on Tuesday, we launched our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, on Wednesday, guest blogger Tamar Arslanian introduced us to some of her favorite New York City shop cats, on Thursday, we told you where you will be able to watch the movie A Street Cat Named Bob, and on Friday, we reviewed Shop Cats of New York.

Today’s video cracked me up – enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

4 Comments on Mews and Nips: Feral Cats on Rat Patrol in New York City

  1. Leigh
    November 5, 2016 at 3:15 am (5 months ago)

    Feral cats are the best when it comes to rat population. They take care of the gross work.

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  2. Steven Howard
    November 5, 2016 at 2:36 am (5 months ago)

    Cats are gifted hunters, except mine, so it makes sense.

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  3. Patricia
    November 5, 2016 at 1:34 am (5 months ago)

    I have taken care of a feral cat colony. I have 3 feral cats and 3 pet cats living with me. All the mice in my house have been captured. I belong to Alley Cats Alliance. I still feed whatever shows up on my door step.

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    • Patricia
      November 5, 2016 at 1:45 am (5 months ago)

      Rats can actually be good pets if you get to know them.

      Reply

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