Science for Saving Species – Research findings factsheets

The Impact of Cats in Australia

Domestic cats were introduced to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, with many subsequent introductions around the mainland and to many Australian islands. Cats spread rapidly across Australia: historical records and genetic analyses show that cats colonised the entire continent (7.7 million km2) within 70 years. This fact sheet has been produced by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub and outlines the impact of feral cats in Australia.

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