Feral cats a night­mare

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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.

Can you help Ms Solomon­aKali? Email us at edcl@snl.co.nz.

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