Cats


Back to...
Outage Menu
Animal Menu
Overhead Devices

We know it's probably true because the results of the Survey (details in the Manual) say so... For some reason, utilities in the northeast have far more outages caused by cats than utilities in any other part of the country. It's true that, in some areas in the northeast, there is growing concern over the large populations of feral (domesticated animals that have returned to the wild) cats.

Cats, domestic(and it's highly debatable exactly how "domesticated" house cats really are) and wild, have intrigued us for thousands of years; we have valued cats as hunters, worshiped them as gods, and sacrificed them as demons. But... cats have survived and we still find them fascinating.

One of the most striking things about a cat is its' amazing flexibility. It can, with ease, roll up into a ball, double up sideways, stretch the back into almost a straight line, or arch it until front and back legs are only a few inches apart. It can turn its body easily so that its tongue can reach the fur on the center of its back for grooming. Cats can make phenomenal leaps and survive falls from great heights.

For all practical purposes, there are no differences among species; i.e. the only significant difference between tigers and house cats is their size. All cats, regardless of size, are formidable hunters and (except the tiger and cheetah) excellent climbers. Their hunting instinct is so strong that even well-fed house cats will spend hours stalking birds and squirrels. When these appealing prey happen to be running along overhead distribution lines and climbing over energized devices or nesting in substations, hunting cats won't hesitate to follow.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
If you would like some help in designing and implementing a comprehensive program for getting your animal-caused outages under control, drop us a line. Don't forget to check the Bulletin Board. If you don't see anything there to help, leave a questionand we'll post it. Be sure to check the Product Catalog to see what commercial products are available.


Back to...
Outage Menu
Animal Menu
Overhead Devices