Feral cats a nightmare
family, I can’t afford $50 each for 15 cats that aren’t mine,” she says.
Ms Solomona-Kali has also contacted the Auckland City Council and the Auckland Regional Council, which both said they were unable to help.
She sent a letter to Auckland mayor John Banks pleading for help.
A response from Mr Banks on March 6 confirmed there is no legal action the council can take because the cats have no owner.
In the letter Mr Banks suggests methods such as using Zoo Poo fertiliser and placing mirrors or bottles of water around the garden to scare the cats away.
Mr Banks calls the trapping of cats “emotive, expensive and not without problems”, and says it is also often an ineffective and only temporary solution.
But Ms Solomona-Kali says there is such a large number of the cats, she doesn’t think minor measures such as mirrors will work.
She says the skittish, untamed cats, some of which are very young, would be difficult to catch without professional help.
The situation has left her feeling exasperated and helpless, she says.
When contacted by the Auckland City Harbour News, regional council biosecurity officer Andrew Stein confirmed it is unable to help because it only deals with feral cat populations in rural areas.
SPCA chief executive Bob Kerridge also suggested that Ms Solomona-Kali contact a pest control company that would trap the cats.
But after calling several pest control companies in the wider Auckland area, the Auckland City Harbour News was unable to find any that could help.
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