I think that you actually want oPossums. They eat bugs, rats, snails,
and other pests, and they don't do damage nor carry diseases. I found
that out when I discovered one in my backyard, which is in New York
City. I have it fenced in so my cats can't get out and it was back
there for two days, with the cats, before I found it under a bush. I
was looking for one of the cats so it was quite a surprise. That
explained the odd poop that I found the day before. It had the same
white face and pink nose as the cat I was looking for, but the nose
was 3 inches long.
It turns out that opossums are no threat to an adult cat, but the cat
might hurt the opossum. A few weeks ago, there was some sort of
opossum population explosion. I was working on the computer, looked
out into the hall, and both cats are looking at something on the
floor. Uh oh. I didn't know what it was, but it wasn't a mouse or rat,
or a shrew or vole. Then I realized that it must be a baby opossum. I
took it back outside and put it through the chain link fence into the
next yard. It grabbed the link with it's rear foot, held on to get its
bearings, and dropped into the ground cover. They have opposable
thumbs on their rear feet!
A few minutes later I come outside and Espy is proudly walking around
wth another baby so I got it from him and sent it next door. There was
one other incident before the day was over. The other day I saw a
small opossum going under a neighbor's deck so at least one must have
survived. They have a rough life in urban areas I hear.
That's pretty funny. I told him about it the next day and told him not
to freak if he sees an opossum. I think that the adult is living in an
area adjacent to my yard that is hard for people to get to because of
a shed and some fences. My cats have spotted it a few times; I can
always tell because they both line up right in the corner of the yard
and are looking up.
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