You humans have a lot of questions, and I am feeling particularly generous right now, so I am going to answer some of them. If I find a question too insufferable, I’ll probably decide not to answer it, in which case the human might butt in and provide its opinion.
Question: I stumbled across this blog, and I think you’re hilarious. How can I get more content from the Disneyland Cats?
Answer: You’re correct. We are hilarious. We have a presence all over social media, and you should consider following us via all of the following links:
Question: I read on Twitter that they release the cats every night to hunt mice. Is that really true?
Answer: Alas, this first question plagues me all the time. No one “releases” us. These are our parks and we do what we want.
*Answer from the human: You may have read on one of several Twitter accounts (e.g. @UberFacts, @Fact, @UnusualFactPage, etc.) the following tweet:
Every night after closing, Disneyland releases 200 cats into the park to help keep the rodent population under control.
Now if you know anything about cats, you will probably see why this claim, as written, is more than a little absurd. A “cat release” would be the most ridiculous thing imaginable, and can you imagine trying to collect them all the next morning? It would be like herding… well, cats.
You can read the whole story about how the cats live in the parks and on the grounds of the Disneyland Resort on our About page, but if you really want something to retweet, here are some options that are actually true.
This one is from @NotCommonFacts:
Disneyland employs a small army of cats who prowl the park at night to help control the park’s mouse problem.
And this one is from @FactHive:
About 200 feral cats live in Disneyland to help control the rodent population in the park.
Question: If all the Disneyland Cats are spayed/neutered, how are there occasionally litters of kittens born?
Answer: No comment.
*Answer from the human: While Disneyland has been quite upfront about its policy of capturing, neutering, and then returning the cats on property, it’s impossible for the cast members to always know exactly which cats have been spayed/neutered. Occasionally “accidents” do happen, and the resulting kittens are adopted out to cast members.
Question: I have a cat that I don’t want anymore/a stray cat that lives near my house. Can I just drop it off at Disneyland and know that it will have a good home?
Answer: NO. We don’t need any more cats here.
*Answer from the human: On this question, I agree wholeheartedly with the Cat. But here is a more thorough explanation about why you shouldn’t “drop off” cats at Disneyland under any circumstance.
First, you have to remember that the Disneyland Cats are feral cats, not just strays. This distinction is important because feral cats generally want nothing to do with humans. They are almost entirely self-sufficient (though they do sometimes rely on people for food). If you have a cat at home or a stray in your neighborhood, that cat will prefer to be around people. It won’t be used to living a solitary life, and it won’t know how to fend for itself.
Yes, the Disneyland Cats have a good thing going for them. They are well-fed and they are kept safe by the confines of the resort, but they are still independent, feral cats. If you drop off a domesticated cat on Disneyland property, it is unlikely to ever find one of the feeding stations set up by Disney. It is also going to be prone to catching diseases (or spreading them), and there’s a good chance the cat might die as a result of your actions. There are plenty of places you can take a stray or unwanted cat—shelters, rescues, friends’ houses—but Disneyland is NOT one of them.
Question: Feral cats sure sound interesting. How can I find out more?
Answer: I’ll tell you my whole life story if you bring me enough tuna.
*Answer from the human: Great question. There are several great resources for you to find out more about feral cats and the efforts being done to help protect them. Here are a few of the best ones.
Question: I would like to donate to the feral cat cause. How can I do so?
Answer: Finally a question I can profit from. You can send me a care package full of tuna anytime to:
c/o Disneyland Resort
1313 S Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
*Answer from the human: PLEASE IGNORE THE CAT’S PLEAS FOR TUNA AND DO NOT SEND HIM A CARE PACKAGE (I’m going to get so scratched for saying that…). If you do want to donate money to a cause that helps feral cats, consider one of the organizations listed above. You can also call your local animal shelter and find out if there are any efforts being done in your area to help support feral cats. If you would like to support this website and our endeavors to spread the word about the Disneyland Cats, you can do so by shopping via our Amazon link and/or buying one of our t-shirts.
Question: I’ve seen people wearing awesome Cats of Disneyland t-shirts. Where can I get one of those?
Answer: That’s a great question and an easy answer. Visit our Teespring shop and place your order. Since the shirts are crowdsourced, they only ship once a minimum number of shirts have been bought. So share your purchase to Twitter, Facebook, etc. if you want one of the campaigns to go live again ASAP.
Question: What’s the deal with Ryan Gosling and the Disneyland Cats?
Answer: He doesn’t quite seem to understand us…
*Answer from the human: Most people had never really heard of the Disneyland Cats before, but when Ryan Gosling talked about them on Conan in 2011, suddenly his obsession with the Cats became infamous. Here is a clip of his interview. The interview actually sparked an Internet phenomenon, which included the creation of this Tumblr.