Feral Cats at Callam Offices, Woden

HenryBG 27 August 2012 79

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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Flossie 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.

Panhead Panhead 1:34 pm 27 Aug 12

Ummm have you reported this to Property Group?

p1 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.

Mysteryman 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.

JazzyJess 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.

sarahsarah 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.

Myles Peterson 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.

How_Canberran 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.

carnardly 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.

LumpySpacePrincess 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.

Henry82 Henry82 4:33 pm 27 Aug 12

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

Jivrashia Jivrashia 4:49 pm 27 Aug 12

I’ll have a long shot at this…

OP is NOT a cat person?

p1 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.

poetix 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.

bundah 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.

1337Hax0r 1337Hax0r 7:07 pm 27 Aug 12

What, do you mean these cats? http://the-riotact.com/cats-in-the-drain/28165
What, are you kidding me? I’ve seen those cats ignore birds even when the birds were helping themselves to the cat food. I think if they were fed less they might go after the local wild life. Also, what wild life are you talking about? It is a park surrounded by streets. Not Bimberi wilderness or Namadgi National Park.
I’m sure th cats would think it is time to cull humans who breed too much, destroy wild life through deforestation, climate change, habitat destruction and farming animals to kill for food.
I ask you, if you think that the cats are so destructive, would you agree to euthanise yourself for destroying the environment to produce the metals in your house and car? For killing trees for the wood in your home? For polluting the atmosphere to generate the electricity you use? For killing all the animals that end up in your tummy?
Bah, bloody pathetic that one of the most destructive animals on Earth should begrudge a few other carnivores.
If you want to make a real difference, go get yourself desexed first.

RSPCA_Comms RSPCA_Comms 7:10 pm 27 Aug 12

JazzyJess said :

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.

RSPCA ACT does not receive any direct funding for cat management from the ACT government. We receive a contribution from the ACT government which is utilised to partially fund our work with wildlife, stray dogs, and our Inspectorate.

RSPCA ACT is the only facility in Canberra to care for stray, lost, orphaned, unwanted or feral cats. The ACT government has no facility to care for cats. Our recent budget application for dedicated funding for stray and feral cat management was denied.

We are aware of a number of feral cat colonies in the ACT, and are happy to provide advice to building managers or residents who have concerns about cats in their area. We do not however have the resources to manage cat populations above and beyond the work that we already do with cats.

Our CEO is part of a committee created by the ACT government that is seeking to address cat management issues in Canberra.

RSPCA advocates desexing of all cats, which is legally required in the ACT, as a first step to managing cat populations. Managing feral cats is a complex issue, and simply removing a colony will not stop new cats from moving into an area.

The knowledgebase hosted on our national website lists a number of articles about cat management http://www.rspca.org.au/

We appreciate the support of the Canberra community in the work that we do with cats, for the welfare of cats and native animals alike.

Regards,

RSPCA ACT

How_Canberran How_Canberran 7:19 pm 27 Aug 12

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

Perhaps we could get Caroline Le Coutier to champion this initiative for us?

bundah bundah 7:34 pm 27 Aug 12

How_Canberran said :

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

Perhaps we could get Caroline Le Coutier to champion this initiative for us?

Indeed that would be right up her alley and apparently she’s quite the marksman!

cranky cranky 7:48 pm 27 Aug 12

1337Hax0r said :

What, do you mean these cats? http://the-riotact.com/cats-in-the-drain/28165
What, are you kidding me? I’ve seen those cats ignore birds even when the birds were helping themselves to the cat food. I think if they were fed less they might go after the local wild life. Also, what wild life are you talking about? It is a park surrounded by streets. Not Bimberi wilderness or Namadgi National Park.
I’m sure th cats would think it is time to cull humans who breed too much, destroy wild life through deforestation, climate change, habitat destruction and farming animals to kill for food.
I ask you, if you think that the cats are so destructive, would you agree to euthanise yourself for destroying the environment to produce the metals in your house and car? For killing trees for the wood in your home? For polluting the atmosphere to generate the electricity you use? For killing all the animals that end up in your tummy?
Bah, bloody pathetic that one of the most destructive animals on Earth should begrudge a few other carnivores.
If you want to make a real difference, go get yourself desexed first.

Now THAT was a rant 🙂

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