Feral House Cat (Felix domesticus)William D. Fitzwater
New Mexico Outdoor Communicators
7104 Bellrose Avenue, NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110

Fig. 1. House cat, Felis domesticus




I wish to acknowledge M. L. Boddicker, who was the author of the “House Cats” chapter in the 1983 edition of Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage.

Figure 1 by Emily Oseas Routman.

Figure 2 adapted from Boddicker (1978), “Housecats” in F. R. Henderson, Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan.

Figure 3 by M. L. Boddicker, adapted by Jill Sack Johnson.

Figure 4 courtesy of Gregerson Manufacturing Co., adapted by Jill Sack Johnson.

For Additional Information

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Fitzwater, W. D. 1986. Extreme care needed when controlling cats. Pest Control 54:10.

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