Feral Cat Pest Control
Feral cats are found across Australia but are more pervasive in SA. They’re also sometimes found in NSW, Victoria and on the tip of Queensland. Feral cats are either previously domestic house cats that have been dumped or strayed, or they have bred in the wild. They have reverted to a feral state and have a strong hunting instinct. As a result they are a threat to native wildlife and should be removed safely by an expert Flick technician.
From Preparation to Treatment
Feral cats are active in both bush and urban environments. They are devastating to local wildlife and should be trapped humanely and removed.
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They are nocturnal, usually hiding during the day and hunting at night. This and their aggressive tendencies make them difficult to catch.
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Common Feral Cat Questions
Why are feral cats considered pests?
Feral cats are cats that were formerly domestic and have gone wild. They will attempt to obtain their food needs from the natural environment, eating small mammals such as birds, fish and sometimes small possums. This has caused serious problems, with the decline and even extinction of native Australian fauna such as the bilby, bandicoot and numbat. Feral cats can also impact human activities such as businesses and carry infectious diseases.
What are the habits of feral cats?
Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats. However, they live and reproduce in the wild and survive by hunting or scavenging. Feral cats can be found all over Australia in a range of habitats and can be particularly prevalent on islands. They are solitary and nocturn, spending most of the day in a safe shelter before coming out at night to hunt.
What do feral cats eat?
Feral cats are carnivores – they generally eat birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. Cats are not native to Australia and have unfair advantages over small native animals. Feral cats are opportunistic predators that have pushed more than 100 Australian native species to the edge.
Are feral cats common in urban areas?
While they love the bush, feral cats also do well in urban areas, thanks to their ability to scavenge and hide. Feral cats can proliferate in urban areas when domestic cats are uncared for or kittens are dumped. They love urban areas where food and shelter are available.
How can Flick help with feral cats?
Feral cats can be dangerous and need professional assistance. Flick technicians are skilled at managing feral cats. We can efficiently trap them, particularly semi-feral urban cats. The team will install traps such as a wire “treadle-type” box trap. We prioritise the safety of both native and non-native animals and will take captured cats to a veterinarian for an assessment and to be placed in foster care.
Common Feral Cat
The same species as domestic cats. Average Length 46cm, Height 24cm. 30cm long tails. Males are larger than females. Approx. 5kg.
Even after long-term attempts at socialisation and attempts by humans to domesticate them, feral cats often remain aloof and nocturnal. They are devastating to wildlife and considered to be one of the worst invasive species. Trapping them is important – call your local Flick Pest Control team and we’ll remove them safely.
A feral cat lives outdoors and avoids human contact. It does not allow itself to be handled, and usually remains hidden from humans. Feral acts may formerly have been domesticated and been abandoned or bred over dozens of generation. They are apex predators in urban and bushland environments.