A descendant of the African wild cat, the common ´house´ cat has now been domesticated for about 4000 years. Although the domestic cat has a long history of association with humans, it retains a strong hunting instinct and can easily revert to a wild (feral) state when abandoned or having strayed from a domestic situation.
The true feral cat does not rely on humans, obtaining its food and shelter from the natural environment. This is unlike semi-feral cats, which live around dump sites, alleys or abandoned buildings, relying on humans by scavenging rubbish scraps.
The feral cat is a Class 2 declared pest animal under Queensland legislation. Landholders are responsible for controlling feral cats on their land. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has developed a threat abatement plan for feral cats.
- Contact the Customer Service Centre
- Feral cat ecology and control fact sheet (PDF, 624.2KB)
- Pest animal management in settled areas fact sheet (PDF, 536.3KB)
- Control methods
- Threat abatement plan (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities)
- Review of cat ecology and management strategies in Australia (Feral.org.au)
- Trapping policy (PDF, 242.6KB)
- PestSmart YouTube videos for pest management (CRC)
- Frequently asked questions about feral cats