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Cats, what you can and can’t do with them?

Captain RAAF 20 May 2010 147

Firstly, I don’t like em’, they are horrible creatures that don’t belong here and I point the finger of blame firmly at my mum for being a breeder of Persians when I was but a lad (back then I loved them) for creating this complete lack of empathy towards our feline masters through over-exposure and knowledge of their evil intent to enslave us all.

We all have the odd wandering moggie slip silently through our yards or in some cases, fight furiously with another cat outside our bedroom windows at 2 am but what rights do we have to actually deal with them?

Now before anyone says “Deal with them? Why ‘deal’ with them, just leave them be!”, I would like to draw your attention to the beautiful crimson Rosella corpse (*points at corpse) in my backyard that my daughter saw die at the paws of a cat this morning. Somewhere, this birds mate is sitting in a tree wondering what the hell it’s going to do for the next 20+ years because I believe they mate for life, anyway..

I’m all for catching cats and taking them to the pound IF they have some form of identification on them such as a collar or Medicare card but where does one stand if they have nothing? Can a resident treat them as feral cats, which are an identified feral species (pest) and legal to neutralise, just so long as it’s done humanely? Or must one expend more of their own time and money to deliver said ‘feral’ cat to the pound?

Where does one stand legally?


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Captain RAAF 2:31 pm 28 Aug 11

EvanJames said :

How many cats do you get, on average? Weekly?

I have caught approx 15 cats in the last 18 months.

matt31221 12:57 pm 28 Aug 11

sarahsarah said :

churl said :

I must admit, it doesn’t stop them from killing bugs and spiders that wander into the run and bringing them inside.

That’s just a tiny fraction of the insects you kill whenever you get in the car and drive down the road.

Sorry, just sick of people going on about ‘cat’s killing things’. We kill way more things, it’s just the way it is. Just for interest how much did your cat cage from catnip cost you? I saw a mad cage setup at a clients house that had a huge run in the back yard with little walkways going around high on the brick walls and a little run going and ending up on the roof so the cats can sit up high!

Grail 11:45 am 28 Aug 11

The folks in my neighbourhood who have had cat traps out managed to get the nine strays within a week. That was five adult cats and four kittens. Sure, they catch neighbours’ cats too, but since they have collars with phone numbers on, they don’t go to the pound. They do go home with a note attached to their collar along the lines of, “please keep me inside at night so the pound doesn’t take me away.”

Various cats in this neighbourhood have killed bats, possums, starlings, sparrows, mynahs (silver/”noisy” native as well as the indian variety), rosellas, etc. Basically any bird that will come to ground to eat, and more often than not the one’s I’m trying to attract to my neighbourhood because I like their company.

As for previous comments about “textbook signs” of serial killers, there are no specific combinations of traits or characteristics shown to differentiate serial killers from other violent offenders. (well, outside the world of crime fiction, at any rate).

EvanJames 11:29 pm 27 Aug 11

How many cats do you get, on average? Weekly?

Captain RAAF 8:57 pm 27 Aug 11

Stevian said :

Captain RAAF said :

Tooks said :

Henry82 said :

Stevian said :

Textbook signs of a potential serial killer.
Police have been informed

hahahahahahaa alright Mr CSI boxset.

What did the police say out of curiosity? i’m sure they’re putting their finest officers on the case

Chief Wiggum: “Wow, your story is very compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, uh, Simpson. So I’ll just type it up on my invisible typewriter.”

I’m still waiting for the cops to turn up, petal. Got my toothbrush ready to go!

You can run but you can’t hide

I’m not ruuning clown, here I am, come get me! The trap is still set up as we speak, so all the evidence of my ‘crime’ is there for all to see….

Stevian 5:14 pm 27 Aug 11

Captain RAAF said :

Tooks said :

Henry82 said :

Stevian said :

Textbook signs of a potential serial killer.
Police have been informed

hahahahahahaa alright Mr CSI boxset.

What did the police say out of curiosity? i’m sure they’re putting their finest officers on the case

Chief Wiggum: “Wow, your story is very compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, uh, Simpson. So I’ll just type it up on my invisible typewriter.”

I’m still waiting for the cops to turn up, petal. Got my toothbrush ready to go!

You can run but you can’t hide

astrojax 4:18 pm 27 Aug 11

no room is too small to swing a cat

Captain RAAF 1:10 pm 27 Aug 11

Tooks said :

Henry82 said :

Stevian said :

Textbook signs of a potential serial killer.
Police have been informed

hahahahahahaa alright Mr CSI boxset.

What did the police say out of curiosity? i’m sure they’re putting their finest officers on the case

Chief Wiggum: “Wow, your story is very compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, uh, Simpson. So I’ll just type it up on my invisible typewriter.”

I’m still waiting for the cops to turn up, petal. Got my toothbrush ready to go!

Thumper 10:31 am 27 Aug 11

Don’t you just love internet heroes who threaten violence over simple things such as controlling feral animals?

Don’t you just love internet heroes who advocate killing, running over, baiting, etc domestic cats?

Seriously, no, I wouldn’t hit anyone with a baseball bat, but people advocating killing people’s pets? Ferals in the bush, yes, of course, Fat domestic moggies?

I don’t like my neighbour’s dog barking its head off all day and night. However, I’m not going to poison it or beat it to death.

Tooks 9:40 am 27 Aug 11

Henry82 said :

Stevian said :

Textbook signs of a potential serial killer.
Police have been informed

hahahahahahaa alright Mr CSI boxset.

What did the police say out of curiosity? i’m sure they’re putting their finest officers on the case

Chief Wiggum: “Wow, your story is very compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, uh, Simpson. So I’ll just type it up on my invisible typewriter.”

Grail 9:36 am 27 Aug 11

Thumper said :

If anyone hurts my cats I’ll come around with a baseball bat and put them in hospital. Oh, actually, i should rephrase that, my partner will have probably already have done so. Having said that, my cats are kept inside all the time so it’s a mute point.

Don’t you just love internet heroes who threaten violence over simple things such as controlling feral animals?

We had feral cats in our neighbourhood. The judicious use of cat traps has removed the problem. We know they were feral cats because they didn’t have ID, and they weren’t neutered. We knew they weren’t neutered because they were breeding.

Anyone who wants to lecture me about how wonderful cats are and how we as humans are obligated to care for them, is free to drop by and pick up any of the feral cats in our neighbourhood.

Henry82 12:59 am 27 Aug 11

Stevian said :

Textbook signs of a potential serial killer.
Police have been informed

hahahahahahaa alright Mr CSI boxset.

What did the police say out of curiosity? i’m sure they’re putting their finest officers on the case

Postalgeek 10:23 pm 26 Aug 11

Innovation said :

Watson said :

I have learnt a long time ago that certain types of blokes love talking about killing fluffy kittens.

Would it make you feel better if we shaved them first?

And there was me thinking it was safe to drink Coke again while reading comments.

Innovation 8:38 pm 26 Aug 11

Watson said :

I have learnt a long time ago that certain types of blokes love talking about killing fluffy kittens.

Would it make you feel better if we shaved them first?

Watson 6:49 pm 26 Aug 11

I have learnt a long time ago that certain types of blokes love talking about killing fluffy kittens. Never bothered analysing it though. Only know that the more attention you give them, the more they do it. Meh.

I have no problem with letting cats outdoors as long as you don’t live near a nature reserve or busy road.

sarahsarah 3:57 pm 26 Aug 11

churl said :

If a rare cat owner stumbles on this thread looking for information: lock up your cats.
Keeps everyone happy. Birds and cats and neighbours.
Cat runs are easy to make or buy.
Locally see
http://home.netspeed.com.au/reguli/catenclos.htm
http://www.catnip.com.au/
http://www.balcourt.com.au/
(I have no links to, or direct experience of those companies).

I can vouch for Catnip – they installed our cat run (why yes, we actually do keep our microchipped de-sexed cats indoors 24/7) and we are really happy with it. The cats love it too 😉

I must admit, it doesn’t stop them from killing bugs and spiders that wander into the run and bringing them inside. One of them left a legless grasshopper in the hallway one day. The thing was huge – as big as my thumb! Thinking it was dead I bent down with a tissue to pick it up and it flailed its stumps at me. *shudder* Poor little thing. I’ve no doubt they could easily kill a bird or small mammal and that’s why we keep them inside. That and they are as mischievous as hell and have absolutely no road sense!

RollsEyes 3:47 pm 26 Aug 11

Incidentally, spraying citronella oil around the fenceline of your property works as a very effective deterrent to both stray cats and stray dogs. They don’t like the smell at all and learn very quickly to avoid your yard. Plus keeps mozzies away in summer.
Keep it natural.

RollsEyes 2:55 pm 26 Aug 11

Whingers. Firstly I don’t like ’em. They are horrible creatures that don’t belong here….Oh wait, my bad, this IS Canberra afterall…

I doubt you honestly can blame your ‘lack of empathy’ on your poor, long suffering, cat loving mother. Why don’t you stretch out on the couch and lets dig a little deeper to really discover why you feel the need to consider killing an animal while enquiring as to the possible legal ramifications in advance. Some of us call that ‘Premeditation’.

Captain RAAF 2:40 pm 26 Aug 11

Look, I have to duck out and get milk and bread, are the cop’s coming or what?

As for the time it takes to catch cats, pffft, set the trap, catch the cat, throw the whole cage in the boot of the car, drop the cat off at the RSPCA on your way to work. Costs you 10 minutes per cat. Its the ones I catch on the weekend that are the pain in the arse!

As the po-po are on their way to pick me up for being a potential pilot or cereal eater or something though, I am going hard core all weekend to catch as many cats as I can before I go do some serious porridge.

churl 2:26 pm 26 Aug 11

If a rare cat owner stumbles on this thread looking for information: lock up your cats.
Keeps everyone happy. Birds and cats and neighbours.
Cat runs are easy to make or buy.
Locally see
http://home.netspeed.com.au/reguli/catenclos.htm
http://www.catnip.com.au/
http://www.balcourt.com.au/
(I have no links to, or direct experience of those companies).

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