Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rent-a Cat

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" Have you noticed how hard it is to make a living these days? I mean, really. I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for a way to make money.

What do you think of Rent-a-Cat?

My daughter The Spare moved into an apartment in Center City, Philadelphia in June. The apartment is on the second floor in a townhouse. From the get-go she's had mice.

I don't have any problem personally with small rodents, but they are gross in their habits. I had them in my house before I got my cats. Hated to poison them, but, as I said: gross.

It's harder in a townhouse with shared walls. Spare put out poison, but it didn't seem to make a difference. And her roommate is terrified of mice.

Spare wanted to take one of our cats to her flat. I put the kibosh to that. Beta is an outdoor cat, and Gamma has anxiety issues.

Folks, for the first time it has paid off to volunteer. The pet shelter where I donate my time kindly lent me a hard-to-place kitty to take to Spare's apartment. Basically Spare is fostering this kitty, who simply cannot tolerate any others of her species.

I wish I had a photo of Spare, walking up the Philadelphia sidewalk with a cat carrier as the locals stared at her from outdoor bistro tables.

This is an experiment in rodent extermination. I don't know how it will go. I'm also more than a tad concerned that Spare will bond with the feline. Also not sure a cat will be able to deal with townhouse mice, and not sure how long it will take. I am sure that cat will catch mice, though. Even Gamma can do that, and he's a dim bulb.

But if it goes well, what a business opportunity! Rent a cat to deal with your mice, cave crickets, spiders, and bouncy balls! Flexible rates, choose from a wide variety of colors. No purebreds allowed, only nice, fresh, mature rescue cats with proven survival skills.

Can I get some investors?


greekwitch said...

Haha! Can't she keep the cat if she bonds with it? Or is it a strict rule of the rent a cat business?


Dexter brings in mice, gecko's, snakes, bunny rabbits, grasshoppers, crickets and assorted bugs..he doesn't kill them..he lets them go inside and then torture them..bastid.He also has a Opossum and a armadillo for friends..

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with purebred cats. Sometimes rescue cats ARE purebred cats :/

Anne Johnson said...

greekwitch, rent-a-cat would be completely a rent-to-own situation. Spare just can't keep this kitty because Spare is pretty rootless right now, and we've got two cats already.

Anon, I never said anything bad about purebreds, it's just a fact that they're easier to place if they are in shelters. Rent-a-cat would be limited to the cats that almost nobody wants -- the baby mamas that come with the cute kittens.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You could also rent the cats out to people who have obnoxious relatives coming to visit who are allergic to cats.

Lucretia said...

Oh, I can TOTALLY see the opportunities in this... :-)

Kimber said...

By mutual agreement I loan Colin Cat out this time of year. He comes back sassy and smug, and we recieve treats from happy friends/family.