There is a big difference between a feral and a stray cat.

A feral cat is a cat that has been born to other ferals or from stray cats; these ferals are unaccustomed to human interaction. Stray cats are cats, which are socialized cats who no longer live in homes, but could potentially be reintroduced successfully.

Feral cats are found all over Australia in all habitats. They have caused the extinction of some species and is thought to have contributed to the disappearance of many ground-dwelling birds and mammals.

Cat management is difficult due to the lack of effective and humane control techniques.


Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Department of the Environment