The Aussies are planning to spray a poisonous gel onto feral cats to kill them

This is a novel, nasty and painful way of killing feral cats. A device is set up in an area where there are feral cats. Inside the device is software which I presume is linked to a camera. The combination of camera and software is able to distinguish between cats and other animals.

As all the domestic (non-feral) cats on Kangaroo Island – the place where they are going to use this device – are supposed to be registered and microchipped, the device can also detect the difference between domestic and feral cats (the device reads the microchip, I presume).

Kangaroo Island

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A feral cat walks next to the device and it sprays a poisonous gel onto the cat. The cat licks it off and is fatally poisoned. If that occurs many thousands of times, you eradicate all the feral cats. That is the theory. The tricky bit it turning theory into practice.

For the people organising this there is no sentiment as to whether the process causes pain and suffering. When you think about it each act of cat poisoning would be a crime in the UK. But that is neither here nor there for the Aussie authorities.

Australian feral cat
Australian feral cat. Photo: Richard Ali.

There are 5,000 feral cats on Kangaroo Island, it is believed. They believe the device will kill them all in fifteen years.

The idea is to stop feral cats killing native species. It would be tragic if the software went wrong and the device started to spray poisonous gel onto native species as well as feral cats. Or what about domestic cats who are not registered. They’d be killed too.

The device has been referred to as a ‘grooming trap’.


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9 thoughts on “The Aussies are planning to spray a poisonous gel onto feral cats to kill them”

    • They have educated themselves about TNR. They found that it is a failure. Why do you think all other countries are faced with the same daunting task of destroying all free-roaming cats today? Because your TNR doesn’t work. You LIED.

    • The culture in Australia seems to be very different to America. The feral cat is more widely vilified and it is because the public has been indoctrinated by the authorities.

  1. How is this different than how a cat dies from a venomous snake or insect bite or from coming in contact with any toxic plants?

    • I guess it is no different except that when a when a cat is poisoned by a toxic plant it is an accident and accidents happen but when people deliberately plan mass slaughter of cats through poisoning it is a crime in some advanced countries. There is a big difference and it is down to intent or in Latin: “mens rea”.

      • One cat being poisone by a plant doesn’t compare to many being forced to die from poison. It sounds like the efforts do delete the stray dogs in Muslim countries (Iran I think) by injecting slow-acting, tissue – dissolving acid into the dog’s thighs. A slow deliberate death is cruel and inhumane and we as humans are supposed to know better. Unless those who proposed this enjoy the idea of torturing animals?


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