Council takes control of feral cats

A significant rise in the population of feral cats and a spike of complaints in the Guyra district has prompted Council to take action and control the increasing numbers, by implementing its feral and stray cat trapping program.

Council is conducting the program over the coming months. Cat owners are reminded to ensure their feline friends are identifiable via microchip and/or a collar and tag to enable the owner to be traced in accordance with Section 29 of the Companions Animal Act.

Team Leader – Ranger Services, Ian Chetcuti said he is eager to ensure the program runs smoothly and is appealing for owners to check their cat’s registration details are current, including residential details.

“Rangers follow strict protocols with cats and certifying their registration, not only so they can be easily identified and returned to their owners, but to minimise other issues associated with lost and stray animals,” he said.

“As determined by the Companion Animals Act, unidentified cats will be housed at Council’s impounding facility and held for seven days. If the cat is not claimed, it may be rehomed. Cats determined by an authorised officer or Veterinarian to be feral, will be humanely euthanased.”

Feral cats have long been recognised as a major problem to Australia’s delicate biodiversity and are key contributors to the extinction of native mammals and birds. Feral cats are of the same species as domestic cats, however, they live in the wild and hunt their prey to survive.

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