- Last updated:
- 09 Jan 2019
The domestic cat becomes feral (wild) when it is abandoned or strays from a domestic situation. Semi-feral cats scavenge rubbish scraps and shelter in abandoned structures. The true feral cat does not rely on humans at all, obtaining its food and shelter from the natural environment.
Feral cats are considered to be a serious threat to native animals. They hunt and kill large numbers of native animals. Feral cats also spread toxoplasmosis, which is a disease that is particularly harmful to wallabies and kangaroos.
Feral cats are a declared pest due to the significant impact they have on the environment. It is the responsibility of landholders to control declared pests on their property.
Sunshine Coast Council provides the following services to assist residents to control feral cats:
Provision of trapping equipment
Assistance to set up and operate trapping equipment
Humane euthanasia of trapped feral cats
Refer to the feral cat control fact sheet.
Image courtesy of the Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Feral cat ecology and control
For more information about feral cat ecology and control methods, see the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Feral cat fact sheet.