Sometimes you have to be somewhat in-your-face with cat owners. I have
neighbours who brought home 3 semi-feral mogs from a rural property. One of the
cats turned out to be somewhat more feral than the others and preferred its
food on the wing. I twice found signs of attacks on Noisy Miners in my yard and
literally rescued a Rainbow Lorikeet from the jaws of the cat, in one week.
Unfortunately the Lorikeet did not survive. When I brought it home from the
vets after it was euthanised, I presented the corpse to the neighbors, say that
as their cat had killed the bird, they perhaps would like to dispose of the
body. Shortly after, the neighbours built an enclosed run for the cats ( by
this there were six) and they then disposed of three of the cats.
> On 2 Jul 2014, at 16:43, "Greg and Val Clancy" <> wrote:
> I am with you Denise. There are a few responsible cat owners who keep their
> pets in doors or in a run in the yard but the majority don't. With the
> millions of domestic cats in Australia the toll on wildlife must be great.
> People are usually aware of the impact of feral cats on native wildlife but
> don't realise that their moggy is also a major threat. Any cat not in the
> owners house or cat run should be declared 'feral' and be eliminated. Years
> ago the NSW government produced a green paper on companion animals which
> called for serious and much needed controls on domestic pets, including cats.
> The pet food industry lobbied the government and the end result was a lame
> act, particularly with respect to cats. My aging mother-in-law, who had the
> early stages of dementia at the time, was being disturbed at night by a
> neighbour's cat. The Council ranger said that they could only act after it
> was established that the cat was a nuisance and that my mother-in-law would
> need to keep a diary on the movements of the cat. I don't blame the ranger
> as he has to work within the legislation but the control of cats is like the
> human over-population issue, the elephant in the room.
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601 960
> -----Original Message----- From: Denise Goodfellow
> Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:02 PM
> To: Carl Clifford
> Cc: Birding Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Threatened species commissioner appointed to
> helpsave native wildlife | Environment | theguardian.com
> I challenge prominent Australians to stick their necks out and call for
> control of all cats.
> Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
>> On 2 Jul 2014, at 2:56 pm, Carl Clifford <> wrote:
>> Nice to see that the Government is doing something about feral cat control.
>> What the results will be, who knows. An awful lot of bait will have to be
>> laid for effective control.
>> Carl Clifford
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