Feral cats


Feral cats are defined as those that live, hunt and reproduce in the wild. They are the same species as domestic cats, but differ in how and where they live. Feral cats have no or very limited contact with people and are not dependent on them for food.

Feral cats hunt small mammals, birds and reptiles which comprise 100% of their food source. They are implicated in the killing and maiming of native wildlife.

Feral cat trapping trial

From early May 2019, Council will be trialling a feral cat trapping program for three months in selected areas of local bushland.

Trapping is also just one part of a three phase Council approach in addressing the management of cats in Ku-ring-gai. The other two areas are continued education programs relating to responsible cat ownership and the hosting of a cat mini expo that promotes registration, desexing and showcasing suitable cat containment systems that can be erected in backyards.

How the trial will work

The trial will be conducted, in bushland interface areas in response to reports received from local residents. Trapping will be carried out in this area for approximately 14 days.

At the end of the feral cat trapping trial, the results will be reported to the Council and the public.

Please note that:

  • All domestic cats found in traps will be microchip scanned.
  • Every effort will be made to contact the owner and return domestic cats.
  • Domestic cats that are not microchipped will be transported to Council’s pound.

Cat owners can assist by

  • Ensuring your cat is microchipped and registered. Click here for details of how to do this.
  • Place a suitable collar, tag and bell on your cat.
  • Keep your cat indoors, particularly at night.
  • Install a cat enclosure for exercise outdoors.

For all enquiries

Ku-ring-gai Council’s Companion Animals Management Officer on 9424 0000 during business hours.