Mews and Nips: Inside the Life of a Feline Rat Hunter in Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. has a well-known rat problem, and despite efforts to control the city’s rat population that even included trying birth control on rats, the rodent infestation is growing. For the last few years, the Humane Rescue Alliance has been spearheading a creative way to fight the rat kings and queens of the District of Columbia: pairing local businesses and communities with feral, unsocialized cats to hunt and kill their natural prey. First developed in 2017, the HRA’s Blue Collar Cats program takes stray, feral cats that end up in its care, spays and neuters them, and then matches them to businesses or homes to catch and deter unwanted rodents. For more about the program, please visit NBC4 Washington. And while I realize that the topic of this story practically begs for political commentary, please remember that the Conscious Cat is a politics-free zone and all comments referencing politics will be deleted.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we featured adorable cat flip flop sandals, on Wednesday, Dr. Marci Koski answered behavior questions, on Thursday, we reviewed Weruva’s new paté style formulas, and on Friday, we offered a special discount for readers who want to attend Meow Meet Up Chicago.

Today’s video features a tortie kitten who was determined to be rescued – and what a life of adventure she’s going to have with her new family! Enjoy.

Have a great weekend!

Photo via NBC Washington

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6 Comments on Mews and Nips: Inside the Life of a Feline Rat Hunter in Washington, DC

  1. Kathy
    July 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Wonderful! The cats have care and food and they perform a much needed service. No need for rat traps or poison. The cats will kill the rodents, a behavior that is natural to cats. Hooray for this program!!

  2. Eleanor Skibo
    July 14, 2019 at 11:37 pm (1 year ago)

    That sounds like a solution, but I always hated the fact of cats catching mice or rats. Maybe that sounds silly being that cats are mousers; I wouldn’t want my cat catching a rodent; it gives me the creeps.

  3. Carol Goin
    July 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Where is the spot to click on to get the video?

    • Ingrid
      July 14, 2019 at 5:24 am (1 year ago)

      You should just be able to click on the play icon in the video, Carol. Is it not working for you?

  4. Sue Brandes
    July 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I didn’t know they had a rat problem. Hope the kitties can help.

  5. Janine
    July 13, 2019 at 7:14 am (1 year ago)

    I love the story about the stray cat becoming part of the family of travelers. The mouse catcher cats is pretty good too.


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