Cat Management Case Study

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Confinement as a means of management is available for cats when they are owned. Patronek (1998) suggested the need to identify and overcome the attitudes that inhibit the confinement of cats indoors, to stop them from being able to hunt prey. Heidenberger (1997) surveyed 550 cat owners in Germany. Slightly more than half reported behavioural problems in confining their cats. These included feeding problems, scratching furniture, anxiety, aggression, urination and defecation in the house. Toukhsati et al (2012) surveyed residents in Australia. The study found that cat confinement was because of concerns about the protection of cats and wildlife. They stated that a broad agreement exists with owners and non‐owners for the confinement of cats.…show more content…
Lethal control occurs at scales ranging from targeting individual cats that have been deemed a nuisance, and professionals are contracted to eliminate cats as pests. Eradication programs have mainly been used on islands and have used a variety of methods aimed at completely removing the cat population. This allows for sensitive species to recover in often fragile and unique ecosystems. Nogales et al (2004) noted that cats have been removed from 48 islands, of which most were small. The methods used for removal were hunting, poisoning, trapping and the use of disease, often used on…show more content…
Research on the use of toxicants involves efficiency, delivery systems and by-kill (Marks et al. 2006). Moseby & Hill (2011) undertook a large scale baiting trial with 1080, they found a major decline in cat activity after the first baiting event however. 1080 is not species-specific, Denny (2001) calculated that, at least 61 native vertebrate species were known to have consumed 1080 poison bait, and 24 of these natives were known to have been killed by 1080 poison. Eason et al. (2010) explored the use of Para aminopropiophenone, a poison used as an alternative to others, it’s said to provide gradual loss of consciousness and death without the pain and suffering that other compounds can
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