Trapping Stray Cats
The over population of stray and feral cats is a major problem in many suburbs in Adelaide, and there are not many solutions. These cats can be dangerous to handle so you need to be very cautious when trapping or handling a feral cat.
For many years the public have been able to hire a cage trap from the AWL. However, the Shelter cattery is currently operating at full capacity. In an effort to slow the intake of cats and kittens arriving on our doorstep, the AWL are no longer able to hire out these traps for the purposes of trapping cats to return to the Shelter.
The AWL will only accept surrendered cats in certain circumstances and it is essential that an appointment is made first.
The AWL encourages people with stray or feral cat problems on their property to seek advice from their local council and explore alternative animal welfare solutions.
We encourage all people who own cats, male or female to have them desexed.
What do I do about the stray cat or cats that I have around my property?
Check if the cat is wearing any identification. The definition of ‘identified’ in the Dog & Cat Management Act includes animals that are micro chipped. Only unidentified cats can be caught (seized). Section 64 (2) of the Dog and Cat Management Act stipulates that this can only occur where the cat needs to go to a veterinarian, the RSPCA or AWL.
NOTE: Section 79 of the Dog & Cat Management Act stipulates that it is an offence to interfere with cat identification, max penalty is $5000.
- Contact your local Council - some local Councils have by-laws that indicate cats must be identifiable and remain on their own properties, other Councils even have imposed cat limits per household.
Before trapping a cat
Firstly ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is this cat bothering me or my community?
2. Is this cat in reasonable health, seems spritely, isn’t too thin?
3. Do I actually need to remove this cat from this environment?
4. Am I absolutely positive that no one is actually ‘looking after’ this cat?
Using cat traps
- Humane traps must be left where the sun won’t hit the trapped animal at any time
- when transporting cover the trap and transport to the shelter inside your vehicle. It is ILLEGAL to put animals in the boot of your car.
- It is important to note that in accordance with legislation (Dog & Cat Management Act 1995) cats that are identified with either a tagged collar or a microchip as indicated by a tattoo in the ear and are trapped within 1 km of a bona fide residence, must be released. Further details regarding this legislation can be obtained by contacting the Department of Environment & Heritage.
- Trapped stray cats can be dangerous to handle. They will be nervous and aggressive and can inflict serious injuries with teeth and claws. Bite wounds often result in serious infections and should be treated by a doctor.