Disneyland has always had a problem with cats! If you look back to news reports, to when they went in to build the walk through attraction, in the Castle, they found almost 100 cats living there. Disney brass won't do much with the scary cats that are in park now, because they help solve the rodent problem.
They are even fed by cast members. The cats take care of rodent problems, as well as providing entertainment to those Cast Members taking their breaks in the backstage area. The cats also pick up and take care of any food dropped, or left laying around, they truly help out a lot.
Cats have seen on Main Street at Carnation Plaza Gardens, once a pair of pure white kittens with their white mother (in the bushes to the side and sort of behind the food counter area) and a grayish tabby playing and pouncing near the stream at Carnation Plaza Gardens. Definitely weird to watch the cats playing in what they call their home, while tourists are eating, shopping and riding rides at Disneyland. One of the best places to see them is in Thunder Ranch BBQ area. They have even stopped the Big Thunder Rail Road, by tripping senors and confusing the computers.
REPORTED: Patrick Keown 01 MAY 96
CONFIRMED: Scott Mackay 10 MAY 96
CONFIRMED: DisneyGrl 23 MAY 96
CONFIRMED: Jonathan Reuel 07 JUN 96
CONFIRMED: anon 03 JUL 96
CONFIRMED: Mike 23 JUL 96
CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
CONFIRMED: Gallagher 20 AUG 96
On Indiana Jones where you exit and you can see a bit of water, I saw an extremely cute black and white kitten.
CONFIRMED: Olivia Astika 26 OCT 96
One of the cats at the Main Street Train Station has been named Retlaw by the conductors, Charlie & George, who feed and take care of him. Retlaw is Walter spelled backwards!
CONFIRMED: Gregory Shoop 28 OCT 96
My friends and I were waiting at the ToonTown Train Station, and a little girl that was in line behind us pointed out that there was, in fact, a yellowish cat behind the white picket fence on the other side of the tracks. I thought the extra wildlife was pretty cool!
CONFIRMED: Jaron Dempsey 11 NOV 96
I saw a cat eating grass in the zebra scene on the Jungle Cruise.
CONFIRMED: Patti 16 NOV 96
CONFIRMED: Todd Richards 23 DEC 96
I saw a black and white cat hiding among the Indian village in the Rivers of America. I also saw a yellow tabby near the (former) Fantasyland Gondola entrance. It was enjoying the hospitality of several Cast Members, who where giving it food.
CONFIRMED: Whitney Drake 13 MAR 97
CONFIRMED: Jordan Wasyliw 14 MAR 97
The cat named "Retlaw" by the train workers is a tribute to the old days, when the monorail and train workers were employed by a Disney company called Retlaw, which is Walter backwards. I saw a grey tabby cat by the castle, and a black cat with white patches where Big Thunder Ranch used to be, and is now the Festival of Fools.
CONFIRMED: Tangaroa Jr. 17 JUL 97
We were on the Jungle Cruise and saw a yellow cat sunning itself with the lions. Everyone on the boat got a big kick out of that, and the guide told us that that was the special Disney animatronic cat up there. We loved it.
CONFIRMED: MaryJo Mellado 06 MAR 98
There is a small kitten living in one of the areas of the outdoor queue areas for Indiana Jones. It is the area with a couple of boxes of artifacts, a desk, a chair, and a green lamp. A cast member told us it was Indy's guardian kitty.
CONFIRMED: anon 24 SEP 98
Like most of the animals in Disneyland, the wild cats that roam the park are becoming more and more tame. One of the last times I went on Indy there was a cat licking it's paws in the queue. The people around me were all reaching down for the cat (we were on the incline that leads to the temple, and the cat was right below us,) and the cat didn't even attempt to run away.
CONFIRMED: chernabog 23 NOV 98
Recently I was let into the back pet cemetary by a cast member...while back there, she had told us that there are cats that live back there, and that the cast members actually feed the cats themselves. I could even see some food bowls sitting out for them towards the back.
CONFIRMED: FantasmicJ 23 FEB 99
First, they tried leaving hot dogs laced with cyanide out for the rodents, which they hoped, would eat the hot dog, travel down to the River of America to take a drink and fall in. The next morning, the boat would skim them off the top. If any were found floating during the day, they would be hooked on to a canoe. This worked for a while until a little boy ate one of the hot dogs and fell ill. So Disneyland brought in about one dozen cats (I think) and set them loose in the park. They are still there today, but hide during business hours. So, if you do see one, look closely, it may not be an audio-animotronic!
CONFIRMED: Stacee 07 MAY 00
When Big Thunder BBQ isn't in use, kittens and cats can been seen lurking about the tables and rocks. They're so adorable!
CONFIRMED: AprilDecember 06 OCT 00
When I went to Disneyland last winter I was going on the Disneyland Railroad. While I was waiting for the train to start I saw a white cat wondering around, then it went into the bushes. Then another time at night I was on It's a Small World, and we just exited the building, and were on our way to the enterance/exit. There I saw the same white cat on the grass by the tracks of the train. I tried to get it's attention, but then it ran away.
CONFIRMED: Shaida 22 OCT 00
On President's Day, Feb 19th, I purposefully walked past the Big Thunder Ranch. Despite the rain, I saw a cat run directly toward the restrooms.
UPDATE: Jeremy 22 FEB 01
They originally released 50 cats
CONFIRMED: cindy sundes 07 MAR 01
CONFIRMED:Meg & Jared 21 APR 01
While on the train between New Orleans Square and Mickey's Toontown I saw a white cat sitting in the woods watching us. First time I've ever seen the feral felines there.
CONFIRMED: Andrew Johnson 01 DEC 01
When we were eating that the Country Bear Restaurant that looks over the River of America, three cats meandered out from the underbrush and walked amongst the tables. There were two tabbies, and a white one. One of the tabbies came right up to me and let me pet it. The other two were skiddish, though.
CONFIRMED: PrincessAurora 11 DEC 01
There are some new additions to the cats in the park. I was at Disneyland, on the Mark Twain, yesterday for Mother's Day, and saw about two litters of kittens wondering around. Because most of Critter Country is under construction right now, they were playing on the lower deck of the Country Bear Restaurant with their moms watching. No one was around to disturb them and you can tell the kittens just opened their eyes. I guess the new generation of Disney cats are arriving!
CONFIRMED: anon 13 MAY 02
I have seen a cat before on the side of Grizzly Peak. It was around 8:00 at night.
CONFIRMED: Joey 24 MAY 06