I see Australia have almost completed their famous feral cat-proof fence running for 44 kilometres. It is a typical cat proof fence in appearance; tall with an overhang at the top. The overhang is crucial as it stops cats climbing over the fence. The idea behind the fence is to create a reserve in Central Australia for wildlife away from predators such as the much maligned Australian feral cat.
Businesses in the US and UK manufacture these sorts of fences albeit on a much smaller scale. They all have overhangs. However, I happen to know that they are not 100% guaranteed to stop cats getting over them. These fences stop 99.9% of all domestic cats getting out of backyards. They are cat confinement fences. They work really well. I have one.
But Bengal cats have been known to get over these fences as they are particularly athletic. These are probably F3 Bengals; large cats with impressive powers.
There are some ‘super-feral cats’ in Australia that are as athletic as F3 Bengals. ‘Super-feral’ is a description used by the Australian authorities. They are large and capable animals almost like a new species of wild cat. They may able to negotiate the overhang. It means that the cat has to climb upside down for a short distance which is very hard for a cat. However, the wild cat, the margay does this.
Bengal cats can do it sometimes. Can some Aussie super-feral cats do it? That’s the big question because if some can and they get into the 9,300 hectare enclosure they’ll have a field day. There will be no competition from other cats or foxes. There will be plenty of wildlife. The objective of the Aussie government will be cracked into two.
P.S. The authorities have to clear the new reserve of all feral cats. I presume that they are killing them although we have heard nothing on this.