Invasive Species

Feral fat cats

Monday, August 22, 2005

New research into feral cats reveals the predators can be a fat and healthy lot, gorging on everything from fairy penguins to McDonald's. The study of stomach contents in Tasmania has found the pests can consume massive amounts. Cats store fat on internal organs and breed out of season. Zoology honours student, Kylie Cahill, has dissected 85 feral cats as part of her study. All but a couple of the females had recently bred and were lactating, despite summer being the normal kitten season.