Problem Solving – Cat Poison

Some of the elements in the Bole city problem-solving scenario work, other elements not so much:
  • Putting stray cats to work, instead of eating or euthanizing them: WIN
  • Effective method for controlling rat population outbreak:  WIN
  • Combo use of rat poison with release of cats into the rat area: FAIL
The common types of poison which kill or disable rats will also poison the animals that eat the poisoned rats.  So the most productive of the cats will die horrible internal bleeding deaths.
just sayin’
Re: Associated Press

Stray cat ‘army’ battles west China rodent plague

BEIJING (AP) — Stray cats rounded up in a remote west China city are being used to catch rodents that have infested surrounding pasture lands.

Some 150 strays — dubbed by Chinese media as the “cat army” — were turned loose on the range lands outside Bole city in May to fight what the government calls a plague of rats. The state-run Xinhua News Agency says that the cats were brought in, along with tons of poisonous rat pellets.

The Bole government said in late June that rat holes had decreased by more than half. The Xinhua report on Friday quoted a Bole official as saying the cats were proving valuable.

Rodents and other pests have grown more troublesome on the vast grasslands as a result of overgrazing and killing off traditional predators like foxes.


Talk to Him

Recently, someone died alone.

Some people say he should have been “involuntarily committed”.

What about just talking with him.  Maybe sit for a bit.  Invite him over to tea or coffee on your porch.

Maybe gently edge on over, weeding one’s own yard, and help him with his.

Ask him what he likes to do.

Read a book with him.

Work the conversation around to check on what meds he’s taking.  Maybe some had side effects or weren’t working out well.

Maybe just sit together for a spell.

Ask him about politics, philosophy.

Yeah, ok he had a hygiene problem. Maybe more than that.  That’s what front porches are for. (well, maybe not for some of the things he was doing on his front porch.) I meant getting out in the air – if someone has a problem, from med side effects or whatever, that’s too much in an enclosed space,  it could help to talk out in the air and upwind of them. . .

Figure it out people – help them extricate from the vicious circle of being lost, and not knowing how to make themselves useful and connect with others.