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Feral Cats at Callam Offices, Woden

By HenryBG - 27 August 2012 80

Callam Offices are the location of a large population of feral cats.

Not only has the ACT Government failed to bait them/catch them/get rid of them in some way, but several extraordinarily stupid women have been regularly seen feeding these cats.

Yesterday, I witnessed the evidence of the environmental effects that cats have on our environment, in the form of the well-gnawed remains of Australian Native Fauna, namely what looks like a pair of Rosella wings.

I hope the complete idiots who’ve been feeding these cats are *really* proud of themselves.

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Feral Cats at Callam Offices, Woden
bundah 6:34 pm 27 Aug 12

poetix said :

There are already quite a few feral cats in Chisholm. Funny thing is, they think they are special, pedigreed cats, and will fight bitterly to keep things for themselves. It’s really quite a sight! And the horrible noise can be heard all over Canberra.

I would say, send them to Chisholm anyway, but I’m afraid they might catch something intolerable. Or at least intolerant.

So a cull would do the trick? Undoubtedly the most humane option.

poetix 5:16 pm 27 Aug 12

There are already quite a few feral cats in Chisholm. Funny thing is, they think they are special, pedigreed cats, and will fight bitterly to keep things for themselves. It’s really quite a sight! And the horrible noise can be heard all over Canberra.

I would say, send them to Chisholm anyway, but I’m afraid they might catch something intolerable. Or at least intolerant.

p1 4:55 pm 27 Aug 12

Henry82 said :

a .22 bullet would solve the problem, quick and humane.

You, HenryBG and CaptainRAAF should get together and polish each others rifles.

Jivrashia 4:49 pm 27 Aug 12

I’ll have a long shot at this…

OP is NOT a cat person?

Henry82 4:33 pm 27 Aug 12

a .22 bullet would solve the problem, quick and humane.

LumpySpacePrincess 4:05 pm 27 Aug 12

sarahsarah said :

Well, one could argue that a hungry cat is more likely to chase birds for a meal then one with a full belly, no?

Flossie has it right. No one (DAS or RSPCA) seems capable of doing anything for those poor buggers.

I think that’s a very valid point. Alrhough I think instinct and the game of the hunt would still have them hunting, but certainly not as much as a starved cat would.

In my last house, we had a few local feral cats that would use the shelter of our deck to have their kittens. Because it was so low to the ground we couldn’t get to them. We called around and apparently no one could help us.

We had cats at that house, both desexed and lived indoors.

It’s definitely a serious issue that someone needs to act on, but it must be humane. After all, it’s ‘our’ fault they’re out their, not theirs.

carnardly 3:21 pm 27 Aug 12

those Woden drain cats have been there for at least 10 years and haven’t increased in population at that time. Well, maybe they have for a little while each kitten season, but fights and floods probably take a lot of natural selection into account as well. I think a few end up at Adelaide every time it rains.

But there are no more there now than there were 5 years ago. One rosella, leftover kids’ lunches and probably a hell of a lot of rats at Phillip College, the Hell Club bins and the bogan bus interchange.

I go past there pretty much each day and rarely see feather leftovers.

How_Canberran 3:05 pm 27 Aug 12

Who in their right mind would want to tackle this issue and run the Canberran bleeding heart gauntlet? Cute little blue-eyed kittens are up there with helpless joeys.

Addressing this issue will never get off the ground. The situation could be ‘monitored’ by a Registrar of ACT Feral Cats undertaking an annual head-count.

Myles Peterson 2:50 pm 27 Aug 12

Are they related to the nearby Woden drain-cats?

We scored a black one from the RSPCA. She beats up any cat that comes in range, attacks small children, steals food from the neighbourhood pets (leading to chronic obesity), frequently trips us by running through legs, pisses on the floor and occasionally glitches the Matrix.

Only saving grace, shows no interest what-so-ever in wildlife. So she gets to stay.

sarahsarah 2:46 pm 27 Aug 12

Well, one could argue that a hungry cat is more likely to chase birds for a meal then one with a full belly, no?

Flossie has it right. No one (DAS or RSPCA) seems capable of doing anything for those poor buggers.

JazzyJess 2:36 pm 27 Aug 12

My understanding is that the ACT Government funds the RSPCA to administer ‘cat control’ measures on its behalf. Ergo the RSPCA should be assisting the building owner to sort this problem out. As I posted on a similar thread both of these organisations are quick to point to the other when you ask for help in dealing with stray or feral cats.

Mysteryman 1:57 pm 27 Aug 12

Flossie said :

I can hardly even type the words: Perhaps humane euthanasia is, horrifically, the answer.

I would hardly say it’s horrific. Given the choice between the survival of feral cats or the native fauna, I’d choose the natives every time.

p1 1:50 pm 27 Aug 12

Flossie said :

I can hardly even type the words: Perhaps humane euthanasia is, horrifically, the answer.

Sadly, without both a concerted effort to eliminate the whole population within their range (what is the home range of a previously domestic cat?), AND every cat owner in the city doing the right thing (de-sexing), even euthanizing them will only help the wild life for a few months.

Panhead 1:34 pm 27 Aug 12

Ummm have you reported this to Property Group?

Flossie 1:28 pm 27 Aug 12

I tried to get help with cats and kittens up near Woden shop front a few years ago. RSPCA couldn’t help they advised animal control (ummm I forget what they are properly called). Animal control couldn’t help they suggested the RSPCA. Both organisations advised me not to set a trap up because of the personal liability issue. Every year there are new kittens in those drains, another generation of ferals.

I love cats. I regularly foster kittens and sometimes their mum, getting everyone desexed and microchipped before being rehomed. It pains me to see these feral cats, knowing they are killing wildlife and are themselves unlikely to reach what would be middle age to a domesticated cat. Where does the buck stop, what is the answer to our growing feral cat problem?

In the US they have trap-neuter-release programs, and these work quite well, especially in city areas where the cats serve as rat control. I do not really see that as a solution here due to the relatively fragile native fauna that will be on the menu for the feral but infertile cats.

I can hardly even type the words: Perhaps humane euthanasia is, horrifically, the answer.

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