Feral cats have been in record numbers around Central Australia this year.

They've been particularly dominant in the rural area around Alice Springs, where they've reportedly decimating native wildlife and backyard chooks.

Many residents, like Alice Springs local Trevor Shiell, have been trapping them to control numbers on their properties.

"We've had a problem here for sometime with wild cats, we've lost a lot of chickens," he said.

"But the cats sometimes get their revenge."

Mr Shiell's latest run-in with a feral cat at his house near Alice Springs plays out like a comic strip.

One evening he went across to his neighbours house "to have a beer and solve all the problems of the world."

His first mistake was to leave the back door open.

When he returned a large black feral cat, measuring nearly a metre from tail to nose, was running throughout the house.

"All hell broke loose," he said.

"It knocked all the books off the bookshelf, and retreated to the bathroom.

"It took up roost on the wicker cabinet and it was very very angry.

"I went outside and cut a hole in the gauze wire screen and stuck a big stick through it and poked it off.

"It took off around the bathroom and it finished off hiding itself in the medicine cabinet.

"It knocked all the medicines out on the floor and there was glass everywhere.

"All I could see was its tail and one leg sticking out of the cabinet.

"So I went and got a long rope and tied it around its leg and pulled. The medicine cabinet came off the wall, fell on the floor and I'm left there holding this cat on the end of a rope.

"It attached itself to my leg and bit me through my jeans and scratched me and there was blood everywhere.

"It got off the rope and finished up in the dirty clothes basket and I was able to put the lid on it trapping it.

"I took it outside and disposed of it.

"It's now growing figs for me."

So is there a lesson to be learnt from this tale of woe? Mr Shiell is convinced there is.

"The moral is, 'if you go out to solve the problems of the world, don't leave your back door open!'"

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