Exclude domestic and feral cats from bat roosts and roost entrances
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Cats can injure or kill bats and have been reported to wait at roost entrances for bats to emerge (e.g. Scrimgeour et al. 2012, Ancillotto et al. 2013). Excluding both domestic and feral cats from bat roosts and roost entrances may reduce bat mortality. For other interventions relating to cat predation, see ‘Keep domestic cats indoors at night’ and ‘Use collar-mounted devices on cats to reduce predation of bats’.
Ancillotto L., Serangeli M.T. & Russo D. (2013) Curiosity killed the bat: domestic cats as bat predators. Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 78, 369–373.
Scrimgeour J., Beath A. & Swanney M. (2012) Cat predation of short-tailed bats (Mystacina tuberculata rhyocobia) in Rangataua Forest, Mount Ruapehu, Central North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 39, 257–260.