Name of Animal: Cats!
Animal: Non-Edible! We love them!
1) Cats in Hawaii History & General Information:
a) Scientific Name: Felis catus
b) Region of Origin:
c) General History: Cats were brought in by European settlers to Hawaii. Many escaped or were let out into the wild where they became feral. With no natural predators, their population has exploded on the Big Island. According to Honolulu Magazine, “No biologist has attempted a cat census, but people familiar with the issue say that there are likely hundreds of thousands of feral cats, if not millions, roaming the Islands.” So while we love our cats; we are very aware of their effect on the local environment.
d) Feeding Instructions. With the phone timer, we feed the cats at regular times now. So they usually gather at the right feeding time (we updated the afternoon/lunch feeding time to 3:30 pm). However, if a cat does not show up then don’t just put food in its bowl.
ONLY feed the cats if they show up. Otherwise, you are just feeding other cats and the chickens!
e) Controlling Spread: Cats are an invasive species. They eat native birds and reptiles. As a sustainable community, we are mindful of our environment. And so, our cats are neutered and fed daily. As well, we feed them in the day to stop them from eating native birds and lizards. Then they are free to hunt mice and rats at night!
Though we love our pets we support the eradication of feral cats. They are one of the largest killers of native animals in the US and around the world as reported in this BBC article.
f) History of this Animal at Hedonisia: Over our history, we have had a total of 5 cats at Hedonisia. We believe that Khalifa is responsible for the eventual deaths of two of them. Yes, she’s a beautiful cat and the best huntress but she does have a very tough streak. She’s like a mini tiger!
The cats are a delightful presence on the property each has had its own individual character. As well, as pets, they are working cats. They keep our property free of rodents!
g) Location on Property: Everywhere! They just love to hunt around!