Re: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cat Control

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Subject: Re: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cat Control
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 17:10:07 +1000
It is thought that the first cats in Australia arrive via dutch ships and shipwrecks back in the 14th or 15th century. There were 70 cats/kittens on the ships of the first fleet on departure for mouse/rat control. Unfortunatly no record on how many on arrival. With the average yearly litter at 8.8 kittens and reaching sexual maturity at six months that equals a lot of cats. With the number of cats and kittens that go through the RSPCA and other organisations that are destroyed that is thought to be only about 30% of unwanted cats. The rest are dumped. drowned ect. The dumped or people moving without the cat or not feeding the cat will cause the cat to go wild. There are cats that have been feral for that long they can be nealy as large as Bobcats. There are many in the forests around Orange where the boys go shooting feral pigs.

Terry B

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