Feral Cats are outdoor cats popularly known as “Stray Cats.” These animals are fierce-natured free-roaming cats which wander on the roads and feed by themselves. Hence their famous for hunting their prey such as rats, mice, and other rodents.
Additionally they also prey birds, reptiles, and mammal, thus create a nuisance in the ecological system.
Due to less socialising, they are afraid of humans and do not let them touch and come closer contact with them.
In Australia, there are 18 million feral cats and approximately 2.7 million domestic cats. Wild Cats in Australia are aggressive and cause a severe threat to wildlife species. They are mostly found in forests, woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, and deserts.
VARIETIES OF FELINE CATS IN AUSTRALIA
The common native feline cat species in Australia are the eastern native cat, western native cat, northern native cat, New Guinea native cat, and tiger cat.
Some of the famous feral cat breeds in Australia are Abyssinians, Australian Mist, Balinese cat, Bengal Cat, Bombay cat, Egyptian Mau, and Burmese cat, etc.
HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH FERAL CATS
Feral cats create huge problems and transmit fatal diseases to humans and animals such as rabies, feline leukaemia, and feline HIV.
Moreover, they can also be a source of respiratory infections, vomiting, coughing, and diarrhoea and are a major cause of transmitting flea infestations to other felines and pets.
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