Successful domestic cat neutering: first step towards eradicating cats on Christmas Island for wildlife protection

Authors

  • David Algar,

  • Stefanie Hilmer,

  • Don Nickels,

  • Audrey Nickels


  • All domestic cats in the Shire of Christmas Island are now legally required to be de-sexed, tattooed and micro-chipped for registration, with no further importation of cats permitted. This is the first step towards controlling all stray and feral cats on the island to protect species, including the Red-tailed Tropicbirds. The ultimate goal is the eradication of all cats on Christmas Island in 15 years or less.

David Algar is a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Environment and Conservation (PO Box 51, Wanneroo, Western Australia 6946, Australia; Email: dave.algar@dec.wa.gov.au). Stefanie Hilmer was formerly a Research Scientist with the Department of Environment and Conservation (PO Box 51, Wanneroo, Western Australia 6946, Australia). Don Nickels is a Veterinarian with the Lancelin Veterinary Hospital (PO Box 97, Lancelin, Western Australia 6044, Australia). Audrey Nickels is a Veterinary Assistant with the Lancelin Veterinary Hospital (PO Box 97, Lancelin, Western Australia 6044, Australia). This project arose because of the concern by land management agencies and the broader community on Christmas Island of the impact that cats were having on the island’s natural and social environment, including wildlife predation and disease threats to wildlife and human health.

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