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    Default A Ferral Cat Problem

    I have a Ferral Cat that has to go .

    Any one here solved that problem with a bow and arrow ?

    I'm wondering if the arrows used for target practice will do the job . Just the turned sharp point same width as the arrow shaft type.

    Or, I have those three sided razor blade hunting heads . I just haven't practiced with them . I thought they may be over the top for a Cat .

    The last thing I want is to see the thing running off with an arrow sticking out of it .

    The ferral Cat has been getting the birds but I didn't know for sure if it was that or the foxes.
    The other day it took a whole nest of baby Eastern Rosella chicks we had been watching.
    Cat seen up the tree and the birds are gone .
    Now I cant wait to say good bye cat. Should have done it months ago .

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    No you need to use a broad head of some type to avoid wounding, if you are not experienced find someone who is

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    Quote Originally Posted by China View Post
    No you need to use a broad head of some type to avoid wounding, if you are not experienced find someone who is
    No. I'm doing it myself.

    Find someone ? The only person I'm going to find around here is someone with a rifle or shotgun.
    And this Cat is to be found at times in and around my Hay sheds or chicken coup.
    Ill just have to use the Razor tipped broad head on some targets first then.

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    Ask your local shire for the loan of a cat trap.

    Advertising that you are going to use a bow and arrows for the job may get you a visit from the RSPCA and/or PETA or worse.

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    I suggest making your own trap because once a feral cat has been in an area it will often be followed by others and you will spend an awful lot of time chasing cats.

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    Stay away from Chinese made traps. I have purchased Australian made traps from these people. They are more expensive but as they say ‘you get what you pay for’.
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    Yep, I'd go with a possum/cat trap. I've caught quite a few over the years using traps. Bullets and arrows aren't always accurate, cat's really do have nine lives.
    Most produce stores stock the quality ones.

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    If a cat has to go it has to go, but it doesnt have to suffer. The trap is the best way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justonething View Post
    If a cat has to go it has to go, but it doesnt have to suffer. The trap is the best way.
    The trap does sound better. Specially if more will be comeing in to take its place .

    Once I get it in a trap I suppose I can ask it what it thinks of going for a swim .

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    Quote Originally Posted by groverwa View Post
    Ask your local shire for the loan of a cat trap.

    Advertising that you are going to use a bow and arrows for the job may get you a visit from the RSPCA and/or PETA or worse.

    Why? He's on a rural property, he has identified that the animal has killed multiple native animals and it appears to be feral.
    Shooting it with a bow should not be an issue as long as it is a fairly clean kill, people hunt pigs and deer with bows, there is at least one Australian magazine based around bow hunting.

    From the RSPCA's site-
    Does the issue actually justify wildlife control?

    Whatever the scenario, itís important to have real evidence of the need for wildlife control. Is considerable harm being caused to people and their livelihoods, property, ecosystems and/or other animals?
    Do we know what the desired outcome is and how to monitor it?
    Before undertaking wildlife control, we need to know what needs to be achieved. Are we looking to reduce crop loss? Increase the population of a particular type of endangered animal? It canít just be about reducing the population of the species that has been targeted. The objectives or outcomes of this population reduction have to be measurable.

    A cow slaughtered for our consumption will no doubt suffer more than the cat that the OP plans to shoot, not everyone lives in the city.

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    Some info on Feral Cat Traps here
    https://www.pestsmart.org.au/wp-cont...CAT002_web.pdf
    There's also a more cat specific bait available called Curiosity that might be worth looking.

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    A number of years ago in outback NSW the local's also had a feral cat along with others; the local district Army Reserve were asked to help with a controlled night shoot with each soldier bagging 20 plus feral cats and other ferals in the allotted 4 hours. I believe the issue is a national issue especially with the drought but too many "do gooders" won't let it be properly sorted.

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    I know of an internal debate within the RSPCA about feral cats. What I'm saying is not their "position" (I don't know what is).

    The logic of their thinking is to capture feral male cats, neuter and release. Killing a feral male just leaves a territorial vacuum that lasts about 30 seconds (as demonstrated by Crowies post on the Ninja Assassins bag-o-cats). The neutered males are no less territorial and this drives out/away the others. The result is a single longer living known-cat rather than an influx of new ones. I recall them saying that killing the cat brings in even MORE cats.... not less.

    Personally, I dont know what the answer is, but I lean towards the "it aint native, so it dies" side... but the logic of the above argument is strongly supported by scientific evidence (Ill ask them and see if they can provide me some info).

    On a humane kill, the local Indian Mynah bird population is problematic. Their suggested method of euthanasia is to simply put the trap to the end of a cold cars exhaust pipe (sealed with plastic of course). The CO2 has the beastie unconscious in 20 seconds and dead in 40.

    Please do the job humanely. As a species we are far too destructive. If one must kill, it should be done properly.

    Edit: Good old Google found it almost instantly: https://kb.rspca.org.au/afile/462/80/1/

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    Cant see how neutering cats will save local wildlife, the cats are eating them not f#*&ing them.
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