Felixer Training Module and User Manual

If you are a new User of a Felixer please complete the Training Module HERE

You can access the latest version of the Felixer User Manual HERE  and the Felixer Crate User Manual HERE (note: only a few Felixers have a Crate)

Grant funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund

In February 2020 Thylation received $1.2M in grant funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund to support the commercialisation of Felixers, which was successfully delivered on time and on budget by mid-December 2020, supported by an independent audit.

You can read the Summary of the Final Project Outcomes HERE.

A report on the Kangaroo Island deployments from January to July 2021 can be found here.

Papers and presentations on Feral Cats

ESA 2019: Humane and targeted: Felixers enable safe feral cat and fox control in agricultural and peri-urban environments

West Island Felixer trial

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island Preliminary findings of the Felixer grooming traps trial

Target Specificity of the Felixer Grooming “Trap”

Pilbara Felixer trial with northern quolls

Roxby Felixer trial Mar18

Wildlife Reintroduction Conference Chicago Felixer poster

Legge Murphy McGregor Woinarski et al 2016 cat pop size Australia

WR17160 Cats eat reptiles

Dying to be clean

The hidden costs of cats in Australia: Cat-dependent diseases and human health

Some personal reflections on the present and future of Australia’s fauna in an increasingly fire-prone continent, by Chris Dickman and Tein McDonald

Increasing knowledge to mitigate cat impacts on biodiversity. Webber, B.L. (2020). The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, Perth WA.

The significance of landholder gender and previous knowledge of control methods for effective feral cat (Felis catus) management in south-eastern Australia.

Can Felixers control foxes too? A pre-recorded presentation to the 18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference on 26 May 2021. 

Predicting the Efficacy of the Felixer Grooming Trap as a Population Control Device in the Tasmanian Midlands.

Bush Heritage Australia safety assessment of Felixer grooming traps in the Western Rangelands

Effectiveness of the Felixer grooming trap for the control of feral cats: a field trial in arid South Australia (Wildlife Research, 2020) 

Among the Pigeons: why our cats belong indoors, by John L. Read

John has been responsible for the development of the Felixer from promoting the concept and securing funding to organising trials and initial sales. John has a PhD in Ecosystem Management, has published over 120 scientifc papers on ecology, threatened species and feral cat management and authored 4 popular books including ‘Among The Pigeons, why our cats belong indoors’. (Follow the link to purchase the book from Wakefield Press)

Read Chapter 5 – Stealth and subterfuge

Read Chapter 21 – N=1


 “Meticulously researched, extraordinarily informative, and engagingly written.
John Read has given us a book that throws light on the highly controversial issue of indoor and outdoor cats.
It is a book for cat lovers, for those who care about the natural world, and for doctors.
I hope it will be translated into many languages and be incorporated into animal welfare and environmental cu

~ Jane Goodall

On 27 June 2022 Dr John Read participated in a panel discussion, hosted by the Invasive Species Council, to talk about the ‘Aliens Among Us’ on the impacts of feral and roaming cats.

You can watch the 60 min recording here: Aliens Among Us – Q&A with author & ecologist John Read – YouTube

Media interviews on Felixers

Feral Cat Grooming Traps
Secret reserve protects elusive Australian night parrot SBS
Ecological Horizons and Applidyne Engineering feral cat grooming trap on Nine News SA 9 March 2016
Complément d’enquête. Matous à mater – 4 octobre 2018 (France 2)

John Read on ABC Radio Australia All Over program on 30 August 2020

John Read on ABC Radio Nightlife with Indira Naidoo 12 December 2021

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