Cat Patrol

Feral cats defend Chicago brewery from rats

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) — A brewery in Chicago enlisted the help of four feral cats to defend their grain from rats and other pests.

The four cats Venkman, Ray, Egon and Gozer were brought in to Empirical Brewery in December to help keep the brewery’s pest problem under control.

“The traditional rodent control solutions weren’t working for us, so we turned to Cats…

  • ntt1

    Cats is cats ,they are intrinsically feral just as Muslims are intrinsically jihadis.
    We took our two aged very sedentary Siamese to a summer cabin overrun with field mice a few years back,The resulting bloody slaughter would have made Sam Peckinpaw Blanch

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      When we lived in an apartment in Saskatoon a few years ago we had a mouse under the kitchen sink.
      I looked at my cat and shook my head.
      He looked back at me and said what, I’m almost eighteen years old.
      I had to give him that point.

      • Daviddowntown

        mouse trap peanut butter dead of night SNAP

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          We had voles in our basement.
          Buggers ate the peanut butter.
          No snap.
          I finally said screw it and got those sticky traps.
          Don’t care if I threw them in the garbage at thirty below.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …cats “Instrinsically feral”…? …foxes, raccoons, brush wolves, minks skunks maybe, they don’t domesticate well…

      • ntt1

        Raccoons show the same intelligence as cats,it is just a matter of time until they work out a Form of detente as cats have,and just move in

        • Brenda

          Cats make the bigger political contributions, and have ensured that keeping raccoons as pets is illegal in a lot of places. Ottawa, for example.

          • ntt1

            Damn they don’t miss a trick.

          • Alain

            I am glad I grew up in a different Canada, since as a boy I had from time to time pet raccoons and even a few pet skunks along with one pet squirrel that would have died had I not bottle raised it. Raccoons are not effective mousers or ratters; skunks are much better at that.

  • Spatchcocked

    Gozer worship… though we don’t have enough to contend with…..

    • V10_Rob

      No Winston? Black Cat Lives Matter.

  • Spatchcocked

    Mouse under sink …guy I know was moving out and thought he’d try one last time to get it….opened door and shot him 22 calibre missed mouse but hit water line……damage repair plumbing repair lost damage deposit…
    I disliked the guy so was amused.

  • Spatchcocked

    My corgi (crossed with dingo) is 16 but if you are small and furry mouse rat squirrel rabbit you are a dead man…….he throws them in the air in exultation even after they’ve shuffled off the coil.
    Makes very odd noises when he’s bearing down and in on them…also I’ve noticed anyone trips or stumbles man woman or child he goes for them automatically…

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Watch out he could be sizing you up.

  • lolwut?

    My cat took a brief run at becoming a mouser after my building had a problem with mice.

    At least twice a week I’d wake up him to convulsing on the floor or my bed coughing up a some poor shocked mouse he swallowing without killing it.

    He never figured out the kill it first before swallowing thing, so he just gave up.

  • Good cats.

  • SMC_BC

    If they want to control rodents they would get better results using terriers.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I saw something like that online about terriers in New York.
      People take their dogs out at night and go rat hunting.

      • canminuteman

        That is a sport that’s been around since we first moved into towns. The fact that it’s coming back is a bit frightening.

        • dance…dancetotheradio


        • B__2

          As long as you don’t tell Customs & Border Protection what you do for a living when you come back into the country:
          Customs official: “And what do you do?”
          You: “I’m a terrier-ist”

        • Alain

          It also used to be a remunerated occupation in that they would be paid, rightly so, by the owner to bring their dogs to deal with the rat problem.

    • felis gracilis

      I remember a fine summer morning of ratting back in my youth on the farm. We had a large husky cross-breed and a small, stocky terrier. Guess who scored the best rat count at the end of the hunt?

    • Alain

      That all depends as I have had experience with both. On the farm a good cat is superior due to its patience in waiting for the rodent to appear. A good dog only works once you have flushed the rodent out in the open and will not wait patiently for it to appear. I have also effectively used ferrets that will actually enter the rat hole to deal with them. At the time I also had an Australian Cattle dog, an excellent ratter, and as soon as the female ferret entered the rat hole the rats came tearing out their exit at which time my dog quickly dealt with them. I should point out that if you have ferrets and poultry or rabbits, you cannot allow the ferrets access to either.

  • WalterBannon

    I can see that they are hard at work…. Must be strategizing their next move.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    Cats cause plague, everyone knows that.

    • Alain

      Right, especially those black cats who belong to witches.

  • Spatchcocked

    Yes….he has sized me up.
    He knows he won the lottery….he knows I’m the most adorable affectionate mug in Chritianitys history…
    Salami of every type….cheese ditto….only bathe him when he’s truly stinking foul…..and yes I confess he does try to bite me then…..I truss him up like a crackhead in an amber lamps of course….then cut him loose and jump on the counter….very short legs you see.
    He sucks up eventually….all is forgiven…..were like starsky and hutch….a team…..

  • canminuteman

    Cats are the traditional rodent control solution.

  • andycanuck

    I don’t mind working cats at all. Well, them and Pip.

  • Spatchcocked

    Addendum….Taras Bulba for such is his moniker has the habit of nipping me on the back ankles …..I assume .to keep me moving or change my direction… I find he appears to be directing me to quieter areas of parks……places where there are no people about….darker places…….off the paths….
    I’m sure it’s simply an innocent genetic quirk….

  • Minicapt

    Cats drink beer?


  • Gary

    I’m not a pet person but if a cat is loyal to protect my beer… can keep your dogs while I just became a cat person.