Feral cats are a widespread pest, found commonly across New Zealand.
Feral cats in New Zealand tend to come from domestic house cats that have reverted to their wild (feral) state due to abandonment or having strayed from a domestic situation. Despite their long history as domestic pets, cats retain their strong hunting instinct which can become more prominent. There are some physical differences between feral cats and domestic cats; domestic cats are not as muscular as feral cats and their hairs are shorter with limited variance in colour. However, it might not always be possible to differentiate the appearance or body size of a feral and domestic cat.
Why are feral cats considered pests?
They are considered a pest as a true feral car will attempt to obtain its food from the natural environment. Feral cats generally eat small mammals, birds, fish and more (their desired prey should only be as big as a brush-tail possum). This has caused the significant decline (and even extinction) of natural New Zealand island fauna, like the bilby, bandicoot, bettong and numbat, but on the mainland, this is a little less conclusive. Feral cats also present a threat to primary industries and natural resources, and they impact on other human activities. Due to their feral nature, these cats carry infectious diseases which put native animals, domestic livestock and even humans at risk.
How can Flick Anticimex help with feral cats?
Flick Anticimex has a long track record of managing feral cats. We efficiently trap feral cats, particularly semi-feral urban cats, by installing traps, like a wire “treadle-type” box trap. Flick Anticimex highly prioritises the safety and wellbeing of all native and non-native animals. The cats we capture are taken to a veterinarian for assessment and will be placed with a new family, if at all possible. To see whether your local branch can help you with your feral cat problem, give us a call on 0800 710 010 today!
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