Responsible ownership of a cat goes beyond just ensuring that you care for and feed your cat. Cat owners have a responsibility to ensure their pet cats don’t kill native wildlife or become a nuisance to others.
- De-sex your cat: A de-sexed cat typically lives longer, and is less territorial. De-sexed cats also make better pets.
- Identify your cat as a pet: Pet cats that are microchipped can be identified from feral and stray cats by vets and cat management facilities. This means they can be quickly and safely returned to you if they get injured or lost.
- Never dump your unwanted kittens or cat (it is against the law): Dumped cats are likely to become feral, prey on wildlife as a food source and contribute to the spread of Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease shed in cat faeces that can cause debilitation, miscarriage and congenital birth defects in humans and other animals and deaths in Australian wildlife. Unwanted cats or kittens should be taken to a cat management facility such as RSPCA, Ten Lives Cat Centre, or Just Cats Tasmania.
- Keep your cat from roaming: Pet cats should be kept at home. Cats that are prevented from roaming are protected from being hit by cars and from being injured or catching diseases from interactions with other cats.
- Don’t feed stray cats or kittens: Many stray cats are not de-sexed and feeding them supports breeding, resulting in greater impacts on native wildlife, disease spread, public nuisance and more cats for the feral population.
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