Fwd: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] trapping feral cats

Subject: Fwd: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] trapping feral cats
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 12:15:48 +1100
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 12:15:28 +1100
To: Vicki Powys <>
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] trapping feral cats

I had some success catching feral cats using a possum trap (cage). Raw meat
bait used in the cage soon became fly-blown in warm weather, so I tried
using dry cat food hung in a small-meshed plastic-netting bag.  Worked a
treat!  One paw swipe at that bag tripped the cage door.  Cats were lured by
both raw meat and dry cat food.  This was Central Tablelands NSW.  Must be
hungrier than the cats in WA?

Vicki Powys

Excellent work Vicki - it just shows that one has to experiment in whatever area one lives, as it much depends on local conditions - wandering domestic cats in urban areas can be quite different to ferals in arid areas or Gt. Dividing Range.

I have always been told that it is important to wash a cage after a capture as cats in the panic of being caged give off scents that warn others of danger, and thus prevent a second catch.

Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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