The Outdoor Cat: Neighborhood Mascot or Menace?

From a New York Times story by Marcia Kramer headlined “The Outdoor Cat: Neighborhood Mascot or Menace?”:

Zeke, a white and gray short-haired cat with a penchant for taking down rats, is known in his Boston neighborhood as a fearless prowler.

Once, a neighbor called his owner, Tricia Brennan, sounding slightly panicked.

“‘Zeke is in the back and seems to be antagonizing a raccoon,’” the neighbor said, according to Ms. Brennan, a Unitarian Universalist minister.

“‘What do I do?’”