Los Angeles Considers Felines to Solve Rat Problem

City Hall in Los Angeles has a problem with rats. This problem received more attention after the number of typhus cases in Los Angeles increased. One employee told a local television station they developed typhus after being bitten by an infected flea. That flea rode in on a rat, they said.

Working Cats Help Stop Rat Infestations

Some animal welfare activists have proposed a four legged solution — working cats. A human with Voice for the Animals Foundation said “I’ve never seen a place it didn’t work.” And they have experience placing working cats in City facilities, with three police stations patrolled not only by humans, but by felines.

An epidemiologist wasn’t sure about the effectiveness of felines in addressing the typhus problem. They said they worried the fleas might simply move from the rats to the felines. But the human with Voice for the Animals Foundation said the solution to that was simply treating the felines.

One of the City’s council members is discussing how a working cat program would work. Hopefully, they will bring the idea to the full council and it gets approved. Then, some feral felines who would likely lose their lives will get the chance to thrive. And they will keep the rats away from City Hall.

February 17 Blood Sugar Readings

Hello, furiends. It has been a rainy week around here. Last Thursday, it was raining hard and the wind was blowing. The noise of the rain hitting the windows startled both me and Koji, and we went over to see what was happening. Silly Koji even swatted at some of the rain drops that hit the window.

The human tells me this is good because we need the rain. Hopefully we will be out of our drought soon. It will be nice if that happens. And we will get more rain this week. I do not think we felines will be startled by the rain drops hitting the window this time, because it is not supposed to rain as much.

Koji Woke Up Because of the Rain Hitting the Window

Enough about the rain, though, furiends. On to my blood sugar readings.

For the week, my blood sugar readings averaged 163. That is lower than the 197 we saw last week, and it is a good average. It is not so low that we worry about hypoglycemia and it is also not high enough for us to worry about complications from diabetes.

What is even better is that all of the individual blood sugar readings were okay. Some were higher than we like but nothing too bad. And none of them were lower than we like.

Hopefully this continues, and I will have good news for you next week.

Many Felines and Canines Pulled from Hoarder

Normally, when I tell you about hoarding situations, the human doing the hoarding tries to help animals but gets overwhelmed. In the case of a human in western Missouri, this is not true.

Humane Society of Missouri‘s Animal Cruelty Task Force visited this human’s home for the third time in eight years. This time, they pulled 20 felines and 21 canines from the facility.

Humane Society of Missouri Rescuing Animals From a Hoarder

Humane Society of Missouri said the animals were living in a “waste filled, trash strewn, dilapidated small house.” These poor animals were forced to live in crates that were stacked on top of each other, and the crates were covered in urine and feces. Some of the poor animals were in crates with others. And two felines were close to death due to this abuse.

Most of the felines and canines could not drink water, and there were no traces of noms on the site. Not surprisingly, these poor animals were sick and suffering from parasitic infections.

And this is the third time authorities rescued animals from the hoarder. The first time, in 2011, authorities pulled 50 canines from the site. In 2017, they rescued 17 felines and 84 canines. And now this.

Furiends, normally I call for hoarders to get help. But this human clearly did not, so they need to be put in a cage where they will be forced to get the treatment they need.

I hope the felines and canines taken from this hoarder get a chance to thrive. And I am glad Humane Society of Missouri stepped in to help them.