There is a pack of feral kitty cats that have made Walt Disney World in California their permanent residence. This colony of felines has become nocturnal by nature simply because it is the easiest way to avoid the heavy crowds that flock to the theme park during the day.
The cats are known to sleep in the park’s bushes and in behind-the-scenes areas. They are not hurting anything and are actually keeping the park free of pesky rodents such as mice and other small prey that could actually cause damage to the park.
Mother Nature Network recently did an online piece on this matter. They attempted to contact Disney’s PR Department, but they declined to comment.
It should not seem unordinary for feral cats to make their way onto an expanse of land as large as what the Disney Theme Parks are built on. Cat lovers certain do not mind; finding it peaceful and ordinary for the felines to be amongst the population of visitors.
One visitor reportedly admitted to witnessing one or more of the feral cats hanging out in the vegetation. The felines looked healthy and well-fed. The cats even seemed to be reasonably acclimated to all the people around.
The visitor reported the kitties to a Disney maintenance worker. That individual announced that Walt Disneyland deals with the feral felines by permitting them to reside as a maintained feral colony.
All of the cats have been spayed or neutered. They are very well cared for as they not only have their very own protected feeding and litter area, but they all receive regular veterinary care as well. These cats really do have it made – especially because they are in sunny California!
Cat lovers are especially grateful for this proactive organization and express their excitement on the various social media sites. They take and post photos to share with other feline advocates.
The feral cat population is not a new one. It reportedly goes way back to 1955 as per a published article that appeared in the LA Times.
Walt Disney supposedly discovered the uninvited residents in the 1950’s holed up in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Instead of banishing the poor creatures, he decided to use the services they had to offer and use them to diminish and control the mice population and keep the park rodent free. At that particular point in time, the cats were fixed, fed, rid of fleas and given free rein of the park; an initial TNR (trap-neuter-return) even way back then, thus the feral cat population becomes stabilized. The birth of new kitties slows and eventually ends because all the cats are fixed. This keeps control unless other kitties move into the living area from surrounding communities.
It seems like Disneyland has a handle on feral cats. Hopefully their attitude will catch on and more large amusement centers and outdoor locations will follow suit and the kitties can live in peace and people won’t have to worry about their colonies growing!