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

By 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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Cats, what you can and can’t do with them?
BimboGeek 11:01 am 20 May 10

neanderthalsis said :

A supersoaker might be the weapon of choice. Give them a squirt and they will take off like a thousand startled gazzelles.

+1

This is a fantastic idea. Cats are beautiful creatures and deserve to be much loved by many humans but there’s nothing wrong with a little “get off my lawn” supersoaker action. Should also apply to any ugly/noisy/bogan human children that happen to stray onto my lawn!

Monster of the Deep 10:54 am 20 May 10

BAWWWW SOMEONE’S CAT WAS IN MY YARD! Harden the fu*k up.

p1 10:50 am 20 May 10

A supersoaker might be the weapon of choice. Give them a squirt and they will take off like a thousand startled gazzelles.

Especially if you put in a couple of drops of JB’s tabasco.

Harming an animal just because you you don’t like them puts you in the same category as our friendly local ferret killers. And you may find the RSPCA/police or a cat lover wanting to go medievil on yo ass.

While this is true, and as a cat owner I would be pretty unimpressed if my neighbour took such drastic action, I am very interested in the answer to the OP’s question of where the legal line is drawn. If you catch a fox (for example) in your backyard, I believe you can legally kill it, so long as there is no question of in humane treatment. As the OP said, feral cats are in the same category, but what level of responsibility is there for the individual to determine if the animal in question is a feral pest of the property of their neighbour, properly micro-chipped, which has just slipped out the door?

Holden Caulfield 10:49 am 20 May 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

A couple of years back I had a huge problem with cats in my yard – don’t know if it still the case but back then you could hire a cage-trap from the RSPCA and take the cats in to the RSPCA centre and they would take care of it from there.

If this is done with the intent of resolving a legitimate problem and no intentional harm is caused to the animal in question then I can’t see an issue with this approach.

I’ve been a cat owner for pretty much all my life, and I acknowledge with that comes a greater responsibility to those around me (be that neighbours or other animals).

neanderthalsis 10:25 am 20 May 10

A supersoaker might be the weapon of choice. Give them a squirt and they will take off like a thousand startled gazzelles.

Harming an animal just because you you don’t like them puts you in the same category as our friendly local ferret killers. And you may find the RSPCA/police or a cat lover wanting to go medievil on yo ass.

And as for the horrified little girl, maybe it is time te explain that some animals, including us humans, kill other animals for food.

hellspice 10:19 am 20 May 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Unfortunately animals kill other animals. If it can be prevented in a domestic cat situation that’s a perfect scenario, but there are far greater evils caused by society in every day life than the alleged horror caused by domestic cats.

humans are animals and cats are animals, ask the cats to leave your yard politley and if they dont then go to war. a friend of mine bought some electronic cat deterents from the uk, hold some cats ransome until the owners cough up to buy some maybe

Buzz2600 10:15 am 20 May 10

Get rid of ’em … they’re a disaster in Australia. We regularly see cats at night in our suburb, on the sides of country roads and when camping in quite remote areas, often leaving the evidence of their murderous exploits behind. If irresponsible owners allow cats to roam, they have to accept the consequences.

Spoono 10:13 am 20 May 10

Alone with Persians
Mother why do you leave me?
A little boy wails

colourful sydney rac 9:58 am 20 May 10

A couple of years back I had a huge problem with cats in my yard – don’t know if it still the case but back then you could hire a cage-trap from the RSPCA and take the cats in to the RSPCA centre and they would take care of it from there.

Now, before anyone starts cranking up with the predicatbale “omg! they could be a little girls pet you heartless monster” – my neighbour, a lunatic old man had over 20 cats that bred and bred and bred. The cats basically used our yard as a defecation facility – I tried to discuss the matter civily with him many times as did most residents on the street to no avail.

Holden Caulfield 9:55 am 20 May 10

Your expertise on domestic cats seems to know everything except that many cat owners choose to microchip their pets, which would leave no visible signs of identification. Therefore, I would suggest you are within your rights to catch a cat and take it to the pound under the circumstances you describe.

As for the cat killing the bird, that’s not ideal I agree. However, maybe your little girl just got her first lesson that life sucks sometimes.

In regards to cats being “horrible creatures that don’t belong here”, well, how far would you like to take that tangent, haha. I dare say the human race has killed more precious Rosellas, either directly or indirectly, than the domestic cat population.

Unfortunately animals kill other animals. If it can be prevented in a domestic cat situation that’s a perfect scenario, but there are far greater evils caused by society in every day life than the alleged horror caused by domestic cats.

justbands 9:53 am 20 May 10

“but lets face it most family cats are too well fed, none too smart and too lazy. “

Errrrr…no, let’s not face that. Mostly due to the fact that it is untrue. Family cats kill, well fed or not….they do it for fun.

JessP 9:33 am 20 May 10

Can I tell you about the foxs that seek in and kill the chooks, leaving their dismembered bodies all over my back garden? The also rob the birds nests for eggs (not sure how they climb the trees but the do).

Have a cat. As good as she can get is a mouse with a death wish or a spoggie about once a year – everything is too fast or too much bother.

Cats should be locked up at night – and have to be in some suburbs. Responsible ownership should mean they wear a collar and a bell if they are big time hunters, but lets face it most family cats are too well fed, none too smart and too lazy.

Oh and they should all be microchipped so if you catch and take to the pound they should be able to find the owner.

BimboGeek 9:21 am 20 May 10

How about I steal a prescription pad and write you out a year’s supply of chill pills? My little girl cries when you kill a chicken but you don’t see me “dealing with” you! Live and let live.

shanefos 9:02 am 20 May 10

Does your question apply to dogs as well?

eyeLikeCarrots 8:45 am 20 May 10

What happens in The Backyeard, stays in The Backyard.

No cat is worth:

A horrified little girl.
A lost night of sleep.
A native bird.

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