Feral cats are described as any cat that's not being actively cared for that lives in the wild. They're solitary and predominantly nocturnal and survive by hunting for their food. They're usually short haired, slightly built, with a large head and have very sharp features. Once caught in a cage they'll be aggressive, hiss, growl and spray.
Stray, unwanted or pest cats are domestic cats that have been abandoned or strayed from their owners. They generally rely on people for some of their food and shelter and are timid.
Feral cats are classified as 'Site Led Animal Pests' in the Gisborne district. Property owners are responsible for the cat's destruction.
We provide services for the control of stray and pest cats in residential urban areas.
Live capture trapping is the best method to catch stray, pest cats. This way if a domestic pet cat is caught it can be released unharmed.
Residential properties in urban areas
We can lend a trap for stray cats causing problems on a residential property in some urban areas. Staff can also help with the removal and destruction of the cat if you can't do it.
The urban areas include Gisborne city and the settlement or township areas of Wainui, Makorori, Manutuke, Patutahi and Ormond.
Other urban and non-residential areas
Other urban areas can only borrow traps. Help with trapping and removal of cats would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Commercial and industrial properties, schools, hospitals and other businesses need to pay a pest contractor.
Rural areas - shooting cats
Night shooting with a spotlight is an effective way to control feral cats in rural areas.
Talk to your neighbours before you do any night shooting.
Pet cats in the area must be kept indoors on nights when shooting is to take place. Extreme care is needed especially around lifestyle block areas. All provisions of the gun laws must be complied with.
Contact us for any advice or information.
Cat trap information and form
We can give you advice and provide a cat trap to trap a stray cat.
You will need to fill in the Cat Trap User Agreement and also get your neighbour's signature.
Once you have your neighbour's signatures, send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org and staff will arrange a time with you.
We can assist with disposal of the cat if you cannot do this (for urban areas only)
We're not responsible for re-homing cats, you will need to contact the SPCA.