Cats have been in Australia at least since European settlement, and may have arrived with Dutch shipwrecks in the 17th century. By the 1850s, feral cat colonies had become established in the wild. Intentional releases were made in the late 1800s in the hope that cats would control rabbits, rats and mice.
Feral cats pose a significant threat to the survival of many ground-dwelling and nesting native species. Feral cats are host to cat-specific diseases that can affect animal and human health. In urban areas, feral cats attack domestic pets and foul gardens.
Feral cats can be managed by cage trapping. Some feral cats are ‘cage shy’ and extremely difficult to capture.
Pest Animal Management Queensland has developed a trapping process that ‘outsmarts’ these educated cats and can rid your property of your feral cat problems.