The Brooklyn Paper reports that BHB reader, and sometime commenter, Roberto Gautier, fearing an influx of rats into Brooklyn Heights as a result of pending construction of a high rise building on the library site and major repair work on the BQE (Mr. Gautier serves on the community advisory committee for the BQE project), has suggested importing colonies of feral cats into the neighborhood. He points to a program in Chicago, rated the nation’s rattiest city
in which people pay $500 dollars to command their own killer pussy platoon — which come with all their shots, spayed and neutered, and an outdoor shelter to live in — in patrolling a territory for the disease-ridden pests.
Mr. Gautier suggests that, rather than asking local residents to pay for the cats, developers could be made to bear the cost.
The Brooklyn Paper story cites some critics of the idea. Bird loving Chicagoans have complained that the cats seem more fond of avian fare than of chasing rats. It also quotes James Molluso, owner of Marine Park based Northeastern Exterminating:
New York City is always going to have a rodent problem and rather than residents depending on feral cats to take care of the problem they should take steps to eliminate the rodents
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