- are responsible for giving their cat a proper home by providing shelter, food, control and care.
- are required under The Companion Animals Act to have it microchipped by a vet or animal welfare organisation, and to then pay a lifetime registration fee before the cat is 6 months of age.
- are encouraged to keep the cat inside during dusk and night time, which helps to reduce unwanted breeding, spread of diseases, and the impact on native wildlife.
- are encouraged to de-sex their cats.
- must accept responsibility for a cat roaming outside their property.
The Cat Protection Society often runs seminars on responsible cat care. Further information is available on the Cat Protection Society website.
Council conducts cat-trapping in bushland areas where there is evidence that native wildlife is being threatened by cats. It is important that cats are identifiable, through microchipping, 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 attacks 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. It is difficult to manage feral cats due to their uncontrolled breeding, and attacks on wildlife which threaten the environment.
Council sets traps for suspected feral or stray cats in bushland reserves only, and does not poison cats. If a pet cat is caught in a trap, it is then taken to a local vet to check for a microchip. If the cat is microchipped then the cat's owners are called to pick it up. If the cat was caught in a Wildlife Protection Area a fine will be issued to the owner.
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.