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Feral cat preys on native brush-tailed phascogale. Image: M Maxwell

Have you seen a feral cat recently?

Feral cats impact heavily on Australia's unique native wildlife through predation, and also spread diseases that affect humans and livestock. We have lost 28 mammals already to feral cats and another 120 native animals are at direct risk from this invasive species. 
FeralCatScan is a new project by the Invasive Animals CRC and Australian Government Department of the Environment, and is supported by communities Australia-wide to improve knowledge about feral cats to help protect Australia's threatened wildlife.
'Feral cats' are defined as those that live and reproduce in the wild (e.g. forests, woodlands, grasslands, wetlands etc) and survive by hunting or scavenging - None of their needs are satisfied intentionally by humans.
This project focuses only on feral cats, and reducing their impacts on native wildlife. It does not in any way target domestic or stray cats.
This website (and App) can be used by you to record sightings and impacts caused by feral cats in your local area. Information you record will help to identify practical and humane solutions to managing feral cats to reduce their impact on Australia's unique and precious native wildlife. Listen to an ABC interview about this project - click here (ABC interview (Mp3)

Record sightings, impacts and control,

or download the Mobile App


How to record feral cat activity


Step 1 - Register your details here.


Click to Register

Step 2 - Login (or enter your email address).

Click to Login

Step 3 - Select start mapping

Click to start mapping

Download Information Pack

Open fact sheet

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Available soon

Factsheet (PDF)

App instruction (PDF)

 Slides (PDF)

 Youtube tutorial (Available soon)


Other features


PestSmart Connect online resources

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Threat Abatement Plan for predation

by feral cats.

Department of the Environment, 2015
This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of feral cats on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term survival of native species and ecological communities affected by predation by feral cats. It replaces the threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats published in 2008

Click to Download (PDF)

Contact the team


If you wish to contact the coordinators of the FeralCatScan program, or have feedback you would like to share, please send an email to Mr Peter West via feralcatscan@feralscan.org.au


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National Mapping Results
State Number of sites
ACT 26
NSW 151
NT 20
QLD 98
SA 211
TAS 30
VIC 126
WA 75
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