The landlord's suggestion might seem unorthodox at first glance but hey, you've got to give them points for creativity.
It doesn’t matter how neat and clean our house and neighborhood are, there will always be instances of rodents or some other animal invading your house at least once. The problem isn’t limited to houses in the countryside either. You can live in the middle of a big city like Brooklyn and face these troublesome rodents who are probably out to gnaw on your belongings. A writer named Kate Mooney has been staying in a Brooklyn apartment complex where both she and her neighbor had mouse sightings within the same week. Fearing that the presence of rodents might bring illness and whatnot, they contacted their landlord to deal with the mouse problem.
so my neighbor and i both had mouse sightings this week. here’s how our landlord responded: pic.twitter.com/KXYN4seXwN— Kate Mooney (@yatinbrooklyn) February 10, 2023
But instead of calling pest control professionals to deal with the situation, the landlord came up with a primitive idea to handle the complaints of his tenants. In a series of screenshots shared on Twitter by Mooney, we can see the conversation the landlord had with his tenants and it is amusing indeed.
“Do either of you have access to a cat?” the landlord enquired at first. The tenants confirmed that they do not have a cat and then the landlord thought it will be a great idea to let a cat loose in order to catch the mouse sneaking around the apartment. The landlord proceeded to say that he was “researching” for a cat who can get the job done and he later sends photos of a cat named "Fat Bast**d" who is apparently available “for hire.” Fat Bast**d is expected to alternate between the apartments for a week “until he hunts and leaves his scent,” which the landlord believes would prevent the mice from coming back in the future.
Cats are known for their eternal feud with mice and they often hunt the rodents down. But nobody expected the landlord of a New York City apartment to suggest this weird method to eliminate mice from the building complex. However, the Twitter community is clearly enjoying the post as it has amassed over 14 million views and countless comments so far.
One person wrote how "fat bast**d" is the perfect name for what's essentially a cat hitman. Another person mentioned how the landlord talking about the cat makes it seem like he found the cat “on the dark web.” A third person even had an interesting solution to share as they dealt with mouse problems too. This person had made tiny posters for the mouse to discourage them from stealing. We can only hope it’s an effective solution.
In Brooklyn, my brother's roommate made tiny posters to discourage mice from stealing food. pic.twitter.com/VD4yl9ZAVW— Sean Keenan (@ThatSeanKeenan) June 19, 2021
We don’t know if deploying a cat to hunt down a mouse in a city apartment is going to work in Mooney's favor but we are eagerly waiting for an update.