Barn cats in Calaveras County are in high demand.
Calaveras County farmers are searching for the perfect little pair of four-legged exterminators for their barns and properties.
Feral barn cats are in high demand in Calaveras County due to to an increase in rodent populations caused by the wet winter months, said Calaveras Humane Society Executive Director Dee Dee Drake.
Weve had tons of requests lately, an explosion of requests from people wanting to adopt feral cats for their properties because of this rodent population explosion that were experiencing, Drake said.
Rodent-hunting felines have become such a hot alternative that a small waiting list has developed for the first time since the Feral Feline Program began in 2014. The program works to humanely reduce the population of wild cats in the area through its trap, neuter and release policy.
As of January 2016, the humane society has captured and returned more than 1,000 cats since 2014. That number is slowly increasing.
As more rodents roam, the wild cat population thrives.
There is a huge feral cat overpopulation issue in Calaveras County, said Drake. Its different from some of the urban areas in California because people have so much land out here and the cats have more room to do their thing.
The program uses a trap-neuter-return policy. The cats are caught in the wild, or on a persons property using humanely designed traps, before they are neutered and returned to the area they were found.
A small incision is made on the cats ear to track the neutered population. Some of the cats are then made available for adoption as barn cats. The friendlier, more docile cats are sometimes made available as garden companions.
Returning the cats to the area they were trapped in is paramount.
Feral cats entrench themselves in an area and outright removal can be counterproductive for property owners. If the cats were simply trapped and removed, a new wave of feral cats would take their place and the cycle of wild reproduction would continue.
Drake said it wasnt uncommon for property owners to trap the cats before phoning animal services to simply take the cats or kittens off of their hands.
The most important part of the program is the return, said Drake. We return them to where they came from. We are not able to help people who ask for us to come out and trap and get rid of all of these cats. What we try to help them understand is that if we dont return them, more will come.
As reproduction rates decrease, the number of animals that shelters euthanize also decreases, Drake said.
Over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States every day and, due to overpopulation, more than 3.7 million are euthanized each year. By spaying and neutering just one male and one female cat, more than 2,000 unwanted births can be prevented in four years, and over 2 million in eight years.
You can actually have fewer feral cats on your property by maintaining good ones that are cared for, said Drake. If you remove them all, youre going to end with a bunch more.
Drake wasnt sure if there is a rule of thumb for how many feral cats a property could hold. She did say that each property is different, and the demographics of each parcel of land can determine how many cats it can sustain.
I dont know if there is a straight formula, but out here we see people with as few as two, said Drake. Statistically, feral cats live shorter lives than our pampered house pets. There is more that can happen to them.
A property owner must have proper enclosures for the cats to sleep and although the cats new role will be keeping rodents clear from the property, the owners must also feed the cats daily. The humane society also prefers to adopt the cats in groups of two. The adoption costs just $15 per cat.
Were not here to make money, said Drake. Were here for the community.
Even if Calaveras Countys feral cat population wasnt an issue, Drake recommends a strong, well-regulated feral cat initiative to help keep populations from getting to a level of concern.
Whether there is an overpopulation problem of feral cats or not, if they are not tended to, they are not cared for, said Drake. An untended colony; there are fights, there is disease, there are unintended consequences for our pets. You definitely want well-maintained colonies.
- Home Pest Control Services | Call an Exterminator | Orkin - September 12th, 2020
- DaBaby and Quavo Mess With a Magic Smartphone in "Pick Up" Visual - HYPEBEAST - September 9th, 2020
- Nowhere to live in Bedford County: One woman's battle with rats, bugs - Shelbyville Times-Gazette - September 6th, 2020
- When Canada's big city rats were enjoying the summer weather in 2001 - CBC.ca - August 23rd, 2020
- 14 Best Pest Control Companies - Newark NJ | Exterminators - July 12th, 2020
- Pest Control for Rodents | Get Rid of Rats and Mice - July 12th, 2020
- Rats Adapt To A World In Pandemic Mode - Here And Now - May 19th, 2020
- Edinburgh's rat population is 'out of control' with rodents gathering in gardens - Edinburgh Live - April 21st, 2020
- Coronavirus lockdowns are forcing rats to resort to cannibalism and infanticide due to lack of food sources - MEAWW - April 14th, 2020
- Rats on the rise as shutdown cuts their food supply - Tweed Daily News - April 6th, 2020
- Guide to Cockroaches, Bed Bugs and Rodents in Paterson NJ - Patch.com - February 26th, 2020
- Rodent Exterminator - 54 Photos & 14 Reviews - Pest ... - February 21st, 2020
- Owners of rat-infested home on near west side fined - The State Journal-Register - February 6th, 2020
- Fort Pierce wants to keep temporary animal shelter open through June - TCPalm - January 22nd, 2020
- Rodents in the attic: Beware of winter fire dangers - The Mountaineer - December 6th, 2019
- New theories emerge to explain dead rats washed up in Westport - RNZ - November 20th, 2019
- How to Get Rid of Mice, Rats, & Other Rodents in Your Shed - October 20th, 2019
- Patton Termite & Pest Control - Exterminator Services ... - October 4th, 2019
- Rodent identification guide | Western Exterminator - September 10th, 2019
- Exterminator Rodents - September 10th, 2019
- How do exterminators get rid of mice? - My Homey Home - September 8th, 2019
- Rodent Exterminator | Rodent Removal | Rodent Exterminators - May 29th, 2019
- Rodent Exterminators | Rodent Control & Removal | Allgood ... - May 24th, 2019
- Rodents | Boca Raton Termite Extermination, Pest Control ... - May 24th, 2019
- Pest Control Sacramento | Top Exterminators | Golden Hills ... - May 12th, 2019
- Mouse Exterminator Cost - Fixr.com - March 29th, 2019
- Rodent Control in Milwaukee County, WI | Rodent Exterminator - March 16th, 2019
- Beeline Pest Control - March 12th, 2019
- Exterminators Get Rid of Rodents Attic Crawlspace Rats ... - March 7th, 2019
- Pest Control Albuquerque | Exterminator Albuquerque NM - February 9th, 2019
- Seattle Commercial Rodent Control Exterminators for Rats ... - September 29th, 2018
- What Odors Do Rodents Like? | Pest Control and Bug ... - September 29th, 2018
- Anaheim Mice Control - Anaheim Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Peoria Mice Control - Peoria Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Norman Mice Control - Norman Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Rodents - Southold Pest Control and Exterminator - July 28th, 2018
- Rodents - Manhasset Pest Control and Exterminator - June 7th, 2018
- Rodents In Memphis Tn | Rodents Exterminator - May 28th, 2018
- New Jersey Mice & Rodent Control | Exterminator For ... - April 23rd, 2018
- Mice, Rodent, and Rat Exterminator in Buffalo, NY - March 26th, 2018
- DIY Rodent Control & Traps | Rodent Extermination Products ... - March 9th, 2018
- Rodent Control Exterminator - Hitmen Termite & Pest Control - January 25th, 2018
- Exterminator does the dirty work for rodent-besieged ... - January 7th, 2018
- DIY Rodent Control, Traps, and Rodent Extermination ... - November 18th, 2017
- #1 Pest Control in Chicago, Illinois! Top Exterminator for ... - October 28th, 2017
- Local rat population surging - The Daily Post - September 5th, 2017
- Pest Control Exterminator in Buffalo, NY - ProStar Pest ... - August 29th, 2017
- Couple's horror as plague of rats infests their car and EATS the engine while their other motor is littered with ... - The Sun - August 26th, 2017
- Flea Control, Treatment, and Prevention - Victoria Advocate - August 7th, 2017
- The number of rat infestations in Leicester is going up - Leicester Mercury - August 4th, 2017
- Employees say Jacksonville International Airport has major rat infestation - ActionNewsJax.com - August 4th, 2017
- Creepy creature a mix between spider, scorpion; native to Arizona - ABC2 News - August 2nd, 2017
- Calling the Pied Piper: Rats invade Petaluma - Petaluma Argus Courier - July 31st, 2017
- New York unveils $32-million fight vs rats - Inquirer.net - July 13th, 2017
- Mice seen as invading City Hall - Philly.com - Philly.com - July 13th, 2017
- Hartford residents speak out on unsafe, unhealthy living conditions ... - FOX 61 - July 12th, 2017
- North End Residents Organize Against Alleged Neglect By Landlord - Hartford Courant - July 11th, 2017
- Get Rid of Rodents | pest-control.com | pest-control.com - July 10th, 2017
- Dirty Dining: Alessi Bakery's rodent infestation evident by rodent ... - ABC Action News - July 8th, 2017
- From toilet bowls to car engines, rat sightings are up at Danforth and Woodbine - CBC.ca - July 3rd, 2017
- 'They were nesting in my underpants' - John Woodhouse on the city's rodent issues - Stoke Sentinel - July 2nd, 2017
- Dirty Dining: Bombay Grill Indian Cuisine shut down for 700+ rodent droppings in kitchen - ABC Action News - June 24th, 2017
- How a Joke About Flying Squirrels Led to an Ailing Woman's Cure - New York Times - June 22nd, 2017
- DNA from Egyptian mummies and Viking graves reveals how cats conquered the world - Popular Science - June 19th, 2017
- Philly nursing home has abysmal rating and rodents, too - Philly.com - June 12th, 2017
- Rat Mob! Rodents Swarm in Myanmar Villages - Live Science - June 8th, 2017
- Villagers fight back as rat hordes swarm Irrawaddy Delta's Ngapudaw - DVB (registration) - June 6th, 2017
- Minnesota sewer rats create nightmare for homeowner - THV 11 - June 6th, 2017
- My College Roommates Were Rats - The New Yorker - June 6th, 2017
- Thursday's best TV: Paula; The Truth About HIV; Jago: A Life ... - The Guardian - May 25th, 2017
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security Is Infested With Rats (Literally) - Phoenix New Times - May 20th, 2017
- MPI's Changes To Rodent Claim Policy Could Mean Lost Local Jobs ... - PembinaValleyOnline.com - May 1st, 2017
- Rodent Control and Removal Methods | Terminix - April 29th, 2017
- Long-time Atlanta restaurant fails second health inspection in seven months - WSB Atlanta - April 19th, 2017
- Burrowing rodents threaten Central Oregon canals - The Register-Guard - April 13th, 2017
- Former employee posts video of rats in Denison Little Caesar's - KXII-TV - April 13th, 2017
- San Francisco Cockroach Exterminator Bed Bug Rodent & Ant Pest Control Announced - MilTech - April 12th, 2017
- Digging rodents threaten canal safety in Central Oregon; Ground ... - Bend Bulletin - April 12th, 2017
- Rats! Infestation forces firefighters from Riverside South station ... - Ottawa Sun - April 3rd, 2017
- Exterminators tackle Riverside South fire station rats - Ottawa Citizen - April 3rd, 2017