Saving our animals from feral cats

This year, an exciting new cat control device – more effective and more humane than anything used before – will be trialled. We are quietly confident that this invention will offer the breakthrough for feral cat control that we’ve all been hoping for.

On your behalf we will support the development of this innovative cat control device to the greatest extent possible.

This project brings together FAME, the Ian Potter Foundation and Ecological Horizons to deliver an outcome of great benefit to a range of other private, non government and government partners and projects. Grooming traps are also ideally suited to encourage non-typical partners to engage in feral cat control because they are automated and do not require direct handling of poisons or exposure to working dogs or children. Sustainability is a key consideration because the efficacy of Felixer grooming traps does not decline (like baiting or baited traps) when cat prey numbers increase and cats otherwise loose interest in baits. Rather, Felixers are designed to control cats without the cats needing to change their behaviour at all, and hence are likely to maintain their efficacy, irrespective of cat or prey densities.

Development of reliable, affordable and sustainable feral cat control has been identified as a key requirement of dozens of threatened species conservation programs around Australia. The 2015 Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by Feral Cats listed the development and registration of devices to exploit cat grooming habits as a very high priority for effectively controlling feral cats.

The Felixer Grooming Trap is the only device, worldwide, designed for this purpose. Grooming traps offer the potential for a highly targeted and humane management tool that also collect valuable monitoring information that should enhance feral predator control. Feral predators are also the key threat to reintroduction programs of many threatened species and installation of grooming traps (with specialised audiolures programmed for specific locations, seasons and prey species) both before and after reintroduction should enhance the success of these important conservation projects.

The Felixer works when the device recognises the target is a cat which in turn triggers the unit to spray with a dose of poison.  Cats, being fastidious groomers, can be expected to lick enough of that poison from their fur to ensure death.

Last updated January 2017