Today’s Solutions: August 16, 2022

Chicago is famous for its bean sculpture and deep-dish pizza, but it’s also known for its rat problem. Seeking a natural solution to the pest problem, the city has found success in the form of feral cats

Since 2012, the Tree House Humane Society has been capturing feral felines, spaying/neutering the animals, and releasing them back into the city as part of its Cats at Work program. 

So far, they have released 1,000 cats, placing two or three cats in a neighborhood at a time to provide rodent control. These cats cannot thrive in an indoor home environment, so they’re finding a new purpose as rat-catchers. Properties and business owners can apply for the program and sponsor a feral cat to come live in their building and catch rats. Once a site is approved, the cats are delivered and the applicants are responsible for providing food, water, shelter, and care for the cats while they do their job. 

Upon arrival, the cats will kill a few rats, but once on-site, their scent is usually enough to keep the critters from venturing into their territory. Although these cats will never behave like pets, many form successful relationships with building owners and find a lifelong home in their worksite. Some even have their own Instagram pages!

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Mathematicians can make traffic jams history—all we have to do is listen to them

It may be difficult to find things that we all agree on—but we’re confident that everyone will agree on this: traffic jams suck! What makes traffic even more irritating is that, according to traffic flow ... Read More

Breathe more through your nose to help your immune system

We decided to dust off this older story with a great solution.  We all want to strengthen our immunity, and while diet and exercise are a big part of that, there is another thing you ... Read More

What is the “motherhood penalty” and how can we get rid of it?

When discussing the gender pay gap, the idea that women take more time off after the birth of the child tends to come up. But what’s left out of the conversation is the way that ... Read More

Tips for navigating boundaries with unvaccinated friends and family

Not everyone is comfortable with getting vaccinated against Covid-19... and chances are, someone in your family or social circle has chosen not to take the shot. While this is their personal choice, it can make ... Read More