Posts tagged "rats"

Bob Fioretti Meets Pet Owners To Talk Dog & Cat Issues

Bob Fioretti Meets Pet Owners To Talk Dog & Cat Issues
Pets are family – and Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) understands that. He’s is about to prove it as no other candidate for Chicago Mayor has ever done. Fioretti is hosting a round table discussion on companion animal issues- the first ever of its kind, Saturday February 7, 9:30 AMĀ 1043 W. Madison Ave., third floor.... Read more »

Community Cats, Feral Cat: They're Rat Hunters

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Community cats should be paid attention to, in my opinion….for SO many reasons, humane reasons at the top of the list. Feral or not, a cat is a cat, and Anne Beall, author of “Community Cats: A Journey Into the World of Feral Cats” agrees, and she has researched these cats. She talks about that... Read more »

Community Cats Author on Steve Dale's Pet World

Community Cats Author on Steve Dale's Pet World
Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats is hot off the press, and the book’s authorĀ Anne Beall will be on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, 6:35AM Sunday, September 28. Listen HERE or 720AM. Oh rats! That’s how it began – living on Chicago’s near north side the vermin were everywhere. A... Read more »
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Working Cat Program Helps to Banish Rats

Working Cat Program Helps to Banish Rats
Q: If you’re such an animal lover, why do you endorse feral cat colonies being placed where rats are for rat control? — B.C.D., Chicago, IL A: So, you like rats, do you? Domestic pet rats are, in fact, great pets; they’re very interactive and surprisingly intelligent. Sadly, pet rats don’t live very long. City... Read more »

Oh Rats for Rodents: Cats Are the New Sheriff in Town

Tree House Humane Society offers a solution to deal with the exploding rat problem in Chicago…..it’s feral cats! Chicago has dramatically cut down on their rat abatement program, which combined with other factors, has encouraged the city surge in rat numbers. Rats aren’t easy to eradicate, they can slip into crevices as wide as their... Read more »

Singing Mice: Animal News

Singing Mice: Animal News
People defend themselves with weaponry. Scientists have discovered that at least two species of mice have a totally different strategy, they sing. Anyone with pet rats or mice know they make all sorts of vocalizations…of course, most species on the planet do. Our cats purr, and we know the chirping of birds – which we... Read more »
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Coyotes in the City: Are Pets Safe?

Coyotes in the City: Are Pets Safe?
Coyotes terrify people. Here’s a comment and question relating to coyotes and pets form my Tribune Media Services newspaper column. Increasingly, I’m receiving questions about cats or dogs being killed by coyotes. I undersand the anger, but believe it may be misplaced. Perhaps, pet owners should be angry at themselves for allowing small dogs in... Read more »

Let's Lose the Rats, Steve Dale's Pet World at 890-AM WLS

It seems this is the year of the rat. one very dead rat Based on what I’ve learned, there may be more complaints about rats around Chicago (and I don’t mean the politicians) than in many years. Matt Smith, representing Chicago’s Department of Street and Sanitation offers tips of what to do to prevent rats,... Read more »

OH RATS! Rats Are Everywhere!

Do you simply chalk this up to life in the big city? We were walking down the sidewalk in one direction the other night. Two thugs were headed right toward us, and looked as if they weren’t only not going to move out of the way – but also push us off the sidewalk. As... Read more »
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RATS!

Featured recently in the the RedEye, rats are actually nice starter pets. I often suggest rats before sometimes moody gerbils, Guenna Pigs, or solitary hamsters. Rats are actually more interactive, and arguably more intelligent. Here are 12 facts about pet rats – and a fact or two about not-so-pet rats.
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