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The drain cats are doing OK

By johnboy 24 October 2010 45

[First filed: Oct 23, 2010 @ 23:20]

Drain cat

Woden’s drain cats have occupied a lot of attention.

Fortunately FS from Urban Adventure has been able to report that despite recent rains the cats have proven more resilient than Cotter River bridges.

The cats abide.

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terubo 9:34 pm 12 Nov 10

I have alerted my favourite South Korean restaurant.

UrbanAdventure.org 7:09 pm 12 Nov 10

I popped in about 2pm and fed them some (plain brand) kitty food. I counted 9, 7 healthy adults, and two tiny little kittens that would be only a month old I suspect. The little kittens were reasonably curious but their mumma cat kept them out of harms way. Mumma cat also has another kitten that I guess is some where between 6 and 10 months old.

carnardly 4:18 pm 12 Nov 10

9 healthy adult ones there last night. Rode past again today and obviously slowed too much for one’s liking as he did the bolt.

p1 3:12 pm 03 Nov 10

Numbers were high as ever during my lunch time constitutional.

Captain RAAF 2:10 pm 03 Nov 10

arescarti42 said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

So do we need to send Captain RAAF out there with his F88?

I think you’ll find that Captain RAAF prefers steel jaw traps and fireworks.

Negative, Arsecat. too much stuffing around.

Five will get you fifty the cat population there will miraculously shrink in the coming weeks/months….

OP, thanks for the photo’s, makes it very easy to narrow down.

(skips away, whistling)

Peewee Slasher 12:42 pm 03 Nov 10

On the first day God said, “Let there be light! blah blah blah”.

On the sixth day, God created cats, by accident. He then created Man to sort that problem out but with a cruel twist of irony, he created Woman and Mans plans were, to put it lightly… stuffed.

UrbanAdventure.org 10:16 am 26 Oct 10

2600 said :

Did the photographer spray paint the word “MEOW” above the drain hole?

No, but I found it to be extreemly amusing that some one out there has a sense of humor similar to mine.

harley said :

Buzz2600 said :

Urban Adventures said: “

I heard an interesting statistic a while ago, can’t quote it exactly but … there are somes estimates of up to 25 million feral cats across Australia, killing on average three or more species a day to survive. This equals a staggering 75 million species of (mainly) native animals including reptiles each day!

Ahh, no I didn’t! Buzz2600 said that I said that, but I didn’t say that, Buzz2600 said that. Oh, now I’ve said *that* three times, or is it four? But I didn’t say that which harley said I said.

Okay, got it now? I just thought I’d clear any confusion.

harley 8:34 am 26 Oct 10

Buzz2600 said :

Urban Adventures said: “

I heard an interesting statistic a while ago, can’t quote it exactly but … there are somes estimates of up to 25 million feral cats across Australia, killing on average three or more species a day to survive. This equals a staggering 75 million species of (mainly) native animals including reptiles each day!

In 1952 there was just one statistic in all of Australia. We imported it from Great Britian*. By 1958 there were over 100. 1971 saw Australia celebrate its 100,000th statistic. In 1988 the number of Australian statistics grew to over 1 million. By the end of the 20th century no less than 50 million statistics, mostly due to live cricket coverage. In 2010 Australia officially lost count of its statistic population.

*Thanks be to Alexei Sayle.

I-filed 10:41 pm 25 Oct 10

kakosi said :

Why do picture of cats always bring out the cat haters? How about some pictures of feral dogs for a change? Let’s even out the hatred a bit 🙂

Also, went for a long drive last night saw a lot of feral rabbits, a feral fox, dozens of kangaroos, some owls and bats but not one single cat in the woods.

I actually have a cat – double-belled, and curfewed from sunset to sunup. And you won’t see a cat in the woods. When my cat dies I won’t be getting another one – too dispirited by the massive rise in the extinction rate for small mammals in Australia. You don’t have to be a cat hater to be disturbed by the presence of a healthy, growing population of feral cats in the bush capital.

Oscillate Wildly 9:34 pm 25 Oct 10

Hey Buzz, ever stop to consider how many native animals died and continue to die in order for you to live in the manner that you do? Feral cats could never come close to equalling the damage caused to our native animals by humans, but it’s always easier to place the blame somewhere else.

AngryHenry 3:21 pm 25 Oct 10

I saw them selling PCP to some dogs from MacGregor.

2600 1:51 pm 25 Oct 10

Did the photographer spray paint the word “MEOW” above the drain hole?

Buzz2600 1:30 pm 25 Oct 10

Okay! Okay! I mean *individual animals* not entire species. D’oh!

Thumper 12:13 pm 25 Oct 10

I fail to see why a lot of people can’t accept that I love my little pet cat while simultaneously hating native eating ferals

Second that statement…

Skidbladnir 11:58 am 25 Oct 10

Buzz2600 said :

There are somes estimates of up to 25 million feral cats across Australia, killing on average three or more species a day to survive. This equals a staggering 75 million species of (mainly) native animals including reptiles each day!

Worst made-up statistic ever.
Three distinct species per cat per day? Madness.
Seriously, mother cats are forced to consume the entire population of a single species of kangaroo, dingo, and koala, so a single kitten can eat all members of a single species of rat, frog, and seagull? And then change species the next day?

(I would assume you have totally misrepresented the fact behind that stat and that ‘on average, three or more species’ are shared species, in that any one cat may eat multiple species, but two cats living in similar areas may actually similar species…)

Otherwise, biologists should just follow the feral cats around and discover where the previously undiscovered 98% of life on earth is had been hiding.

PS: I am not cat people, I can deal with domestic cats that live indoors, but I am a definite feral cat hater. Ideally draincats would be drowned cats.

p1 11:33 am 25 Oct 10

Buzz2600 said :

This equals a staggering 75 million species of (mainly) native animals including reptiles each day!

Wow, starting with a total of about 1.25 million species of animal there will be none left by lunch time.

Poorly worded sentences aside, I agree with everything you have said.

I fail to see why a lot of people can’t accept that I love my little pet cat while simultaneously hating native eating ferals? I feel the same way about most humans I know.

Buzz2600 10:47 am 25 Oct 10

Urban Adventures said: “They displayed a distinct lack of interest in catching several small birds who seemed to enjoy teasing the cats.”

You were viewing these cats on a lazy sunny afternoon, I’m guessing. Once the sun goes down, it would be a completely different scenario. The cats & birds then “play” the survival game and our native animals are the losers in this game. I heard an interesting statistic a while ago, can’t quote it exactly but … there are somes estimates of up to 25 million feral cats across Australia, killing on average three or more species a day to survive. This equals a staggering 75 million species of (mainly) native animals including reptiles each day!

I’ve seen feral cats in the most remote areas of national parks, its truly sad. They are born preditors and native animals are no match against them. Our local rural dog trapper (paid for by the rural protection board/local council) would often show us the results of his catch … huge, healthy feral cats with protruding fangs like you wouldn’t believe.

And some of you wonder why the cat haters come out of the woodwork when “cute” feral cats are advertised on RiotACT?

Postalgeek 10:07 am 25 Oct 10

Holden Caulfield said :

WE IZ IN UR DRAINZ STEALING UR WATERZ!

LOLZ

Holden Caulfield 9:28 am 25 Oct 10

WE IZ IN UR DRAINZ STEALING UR WATERZ!

captainwhorebags 9:20 am 25 Oct 10

Wow, the cat in the first pic certainly gets around:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socks_(cat)

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