Cats are faulted for many things: carrying toxoplasmosis, killing wild birds, and so on, but here’s a use for cats, and perhaps their only use: rodent control. As CNN reported yesterday, cats can be “the ultimate weapon in public health.” I’ve written previously about cats helping keep breweries (the Mecca of grain for rodents) free from mice, and this is more important than ever now that Chicago’s rat population is increasing:
For a couple of years in a row, pest control giant Orkin playfully named Chicago the “rattiest” city in the country. But it’s no joke to residents who’ve seen far too many.So far in 2016, rat complaints are up 67% from last year.
I may have posted this before, but shoot me if I have. We all know that cats are pretty much jerks—they’re demanding, selfish, and solipsistic—but we love them anyway. Here’s a video of some of their most nefarious behaviors, including pwning of d*gs (to be sure, some of the people are jerks too). Be sure to watch the cat/owl confrontation and the very last cat-on-cat interaction at 8:13:
Finally, two cats engage in conversational “bird chatter”, also known as “machine-gunning”:
And how could I resist putting up the latest Maru video as lagniappe? Voilà: “Of course, Maru is in the box 3”. He’s bonkers!