There’s an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ where Springfield’s pigeons are killed off by a lizard infestation. But no worries, explains Principal Skinner, Chinese Needle Snakes will be brought in to kill off the lizards, then snake-eating gorillas to kill off the snakes and ‘when wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death’.
This is the first thing that came to mind when we found out there’s now an app that lets you borrow a cat for a few days or weeks to help you get rid of a mouse infestation. Dubbed the ‘CATalogue’, the new free service is being provided by animal charity Wood Green and cleaning app Handy. Through the app, users can browse a selection of cats and take their pick of one to foster. Handy claim the cat’s scent will ward off rats and mice, and that the moggie might even chow down on a few. It’s certainly a more natural solution than leaving poison or traps out – plus, you get a fluffy friend to cuddle.
Wood Green’s Juliette Jones says it gives rescue cats the equivalent of a nice holiday while they wait to be fostered. She says: ‘We have over 200 cats in need of good homes, some of which will benefit from being cared for temporarily in a home environment, until they find their forever homes. We hope that this unique service will open people’s minds to the positive impact – both practical and emotional – of having a loveable feline in residence.’
Kitty-borrowers are encouraged to make a donation to Wood Green and must live within 40 minutes of the charity and be able to drive. Just don’t end up with an infestation of cats, alright?
Got no mice? Hang out with some kitties at Lady Dinah’s instead
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