Kapi-Mana News : October 25th 2011
31 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2011 PETS Tawa - Pukerua Bay Villa Real Estate Ltd - Licensed REAA 2008 Villa proud to be a charity partner of ® 4125029AA FAMILY FRIENDLY 29 Chester Road, TAWA With 4 bedrooms, open plan living & a section that is sunny, useable & fenced, this property ideally suits a family Located handy to facilities this home also has a separate garage & basement storage/workshop area. Bring your kids along, they'll have a ball here! RV $365,000 OPEN HOME: Sunday 12.30-1.00pm VIEW AT: www.harcourts.co.nz ID# TW111005 TENDER CLOSES: 17/11/2011 at 4.00 pm Steve Loader HARCOURTS TAWA REALTY LIMITED P: 232 4178 M: 0274 420 808 Email: email@example.com 41 1 Keep cats off wildlife Lawn patrol: A cat returns from a successful hunt. PET TAILS with Dr Ian Schraa HOW YOU CAN HELP Neuter your cat, especially the males Microchip your cat Keep them in at night Support the eradication of noxious pests Reduce the amount of pesticides and insecticides you use Plant native plants There is no doubt that cats are one of nature's most efficient killers. They hunt with stealth and speed. They use their sharp teeth and claws to catch, maim and if they wish, kill their prey. Their prey can be mice, rats, rabbits, lizards, wetas, native and introduced birds. We usually don't mindifitisarator mouse. But when it is a fantail, wax-eye or revered tui, then we're not so pleased. However, to the cat they are all just sport. In many parts of Australia, for several years now, cats have had to be micro-chipped and have a 10pm curfew, which means they have to be kept indoors at night. This was introduced to reduce the number of native animals killed by cats. New Zealand, like Australia, has a native wildlife fauna that is just not adapted to deal with efficient killers like cats. However, well-fed domestic cats are not the main culprit when it comes to the loss of native animals in New Zealand. There are four more serious offenders when it comes to this problem. Feral and stray cats certainly play a part. It isn't exactly known but there are thought to be somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 of these in New Zealand. They catch native animals for food. As I have said before, these animals need to be removed from the equation, and micro-chipping of all domestic cats would help this. By micro-chipping all owned, domesticated cats it removes any grey area, as all cats not found to be micro-chipped are deemed as not owned and dealt with accordingly. The second group of offenders are stoats, weasels and ferrets. As efficient as cats at hunt- ing, they are a growing problem. Just last month stoats were found to be on Kapiti Island and responsible for the deaths of native birds there. And removing feral cats from an area would maybe just give these animals more room to increase in numbers. The big problem group is the 50 million-plus possums in New Zealand who not only destroy bird habitats but eggs. But probably the biggest killer of native wildlife is us. We introduced all three groups above. We, both Maori and European, destroyed most of the bird habitats around New Zealand. And we reduce their food sources by using pesticides and insecticides and planting non-native plants. We will never stop cats killing other animals altogether but we can help the native animals have a better chance. Dr Ian Schraa is an experienced veterinarian and the owner of Rappaw Vet- erinary Care.
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