If you own a cat it is your job to give it a proper home by providing shelter, food, control and care. By keeping your cat inside during dusk and night time, you can help to reduce unwanted breeding, spread of diseases, and the impact on native wildlife. If your cat is roaming outside your property you must accept responsibility for it.
All pet owners are encouraged to desex their animals. It will reduce the cost of registration as well as the risk of unwanted breeding.
The Cat Protection Society often runs seminars on responsible cat care. Further information is available on the Cat Protection Society website.
The Petcare Information and Advisory Service (PIAS) have a free guide to help city-dwellers make informed decisions about dog and cat ownership. The guide also has advice on kitten socialisation, cat training and detailed information on caring for your pet.
Sometimes the Council conducts cat-trapping campaigns in bushland areas where there is evidence that native wildlife is being threatened by cats. For this reason it is important that domestic cats are kept indoors at night, microchipped and identified with a collar and tag, so that if they are trapped they can be returned to their owners.
As many native animals feed from dusk until dawn, it is at this time that they are most vulnerable to attack from roaming cats. To prevent these attacks, all residents are asked to make arrangements to confine their cats inside at night and fit an effective bell onto their cat's collars.
Feral and stray cats
Cat-trapping has also been introduced to stop cats straying and becoming feral. Feral cats cannot be effectively managed, and their uncontrolled breeding and wildlife attacks threaten the environment.
Residents can help by keeping their cats away from strays and feral cats to help stop unwanted breeding and prevent the spread of disease.
Never feed a stray cat unless you intend to care for it as a pet. Stray cats form a direct link between domestic and feral cats.