Australians don’t know how many feral cats there are in their country

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If this was a feral cat I’ll eat my hat. It was still shot though.
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The Australian government, authorities and experts bombard their citizens and the rest of the world with Armageddon-like stories of the decimation of their native wildlife by their hated feral cats. They have been doing this for decades.

Their so called experts say that 30 mammal species in Australia have become extinct in 200 years, the worst record of any country (they say) and that the loss of 20 of these species can be put down to the presence of cats (Professor Woinarski – Charles Darwin Uni).

Australia Wildlife Conservancy say there are 15 million feral cats. Others quote 18 or 20 million. They’re all guesswork.

No one has a clue really as to how many feral cats there are in Australia. There may only be 5-8 million. When the experts guess that each feral cat kills 5 animals a night making a grand total of 20 billion per year they are piling guesswork upon guesswork.

The point I am making is that it is obviously impossible to know the impact feral cats are having on native species if they don’t know the number of feral cats.

As far as I am aware no one has done an accurate study at any time. What seems to have happened is that supposition and guesswork has conveniently be transformed into fact over the years. So much for scientific rigour.

It is probably impossible to work out the number of feral cats and therefore impossible to work out their impact on native species.

Figures are bandied around willy-nilly without any reference to the impact the human-animal has upon native species.

You could even argue that if the feral cat has made extinct some native species it is not the fault of the cat but people who imported the domestic cat to the continent in the first place to, I presume, control rat populations. There are no wild cat species in Australia.

However which way you dice and slice the stats the problem of native species extinctions on the Australian continent is due to people and the sooner the authorities accept that and start to blame themselves the better because they can then ditch the idea of trying to do another impossible thing, namely exterminate the feral cat and start the long road to gradually diminishing the population humanely through government funded TNR.

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12 thoughts on “Australians don’t know how many feral cats there are in their country”

  1. It seems that their approach to everything feral is half–ssed, ignorant, and guaranteed to have a backlash that they won’t like and never planned for.

  2. Michael, I have a question, Which country has the exact count of it’s feral cats population?

    Is there any thing called Feral cats count program in any country on earth? I mean every country just estimates. Any good answer for this query? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. No country can count feral cats ๐Ÿ˜‰ as you know….LOL The point is that Australians believe they can work out the impact of the feral cat on wildlife but they can’t because they don’t know the population size.

  3. Yea im agreement with what ruth said. I don’t particular like Woodys comments all the time. Its one reason why I don’t come here as much.

      1. Hi Michael Thank you. Hope you are well. Things are abit busy here for the Cats at Home. I have had a Visitor for the Last two weeks will be happy when shes gone On tuesday I hope. Then the Cats will be much happier. ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Tell me about it michael, I just had a respite break the other day but I can feel the next respite coming up soon. I really hope she goes soon. Been giving the Cats lots of attention and love but they always know that things aren’t the same. Esp with someone thats a dog person. They all hang out in my Bedroom for safety.

              1. Yea thought so. It has been a good experience as she has gotten used to the Cats. THe dog she has is a jack russell dog so not ideal to have it here. Plus my Cats hate all dogs.

  4. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    I agree Michael, they don’t know how much ferals are affecting wild life, they just guess and then exaggerate it to blacken the name of cats further.
    They fail to see that humans themselves are the culprits, they caused the problem and then blame the innocent victims, the cats!
    Cat haters need to look to themselves for the cause of the decline of wild life.
    I don’t read Woody’s rants any more, not even skim them now, it’s become totally repetitive and far from convincing people he is right he was sounding more depraved with every comment.
    I can’t think what he is doing on a cat lovers site apart from wasting space, it has ceased to be funny.

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