Responsible Cat Ownership

The Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 states that cats must be confined to the property of their owners at all times.

Research indicates confining cats improves their health, safety and longevity, with confined cats generally living up to three times longer than cats that roam freely.

Confining cats to their home also prevents beloved pets becoming lost, injured by car accidents, fighting with other felines, contracting fatal diseases and producing unwanted litters of kittens.

If given the opportunity, we know cats will instinctively hunt and kill wildlife, even if they are not hungry.

Contrary to popular belief, provided their basic needs are met, cats can enjoy longer and healthier lives when confined to a safe place twenty-four hours a day.

Council and your local vet can provide support and information on where to confine your cat (in the house, in an enclosure, or by ‘cat proofing’ your fences) and importantly how to train your cat to accept confinement.