Owning a cat can provide great joy and companionship but it does come with responsibility.
Controlling Your Cat
As a responsible cat owner you should make sure your cat is controlled so it doesnt attack wildlife or distrub neighbours. Feral cats are now declared pests under the new Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.
Feral cats have a huge impact on Austalias native wildlife with a estimated 14 million feral cats in Australia, which feed off small marsupials, lizards, birds and amphibians. If your cat is desexed it cannot breed with feral cats, and the inconvenience of unwanted kittens is also prevented. Desexing is a simple procedure that can be conducted at your local veterinary.
Indentifying Your Cat
While there are no requirements for cats to be identified, for the care of your animal it is highly suggested pets carry some form of identification tag. Ensure that your cat always wears a collar and identification tag bearing your address or telephone number. Fitting two bells to your cats collar is also a very good idea as this will reduce its chances of successfully hunting native wildlife. Identification is for your pets safety and will allow your cat to be returned, if it cannot find its way home. In the event of your cat being injured, it will also assist carers return your animal quickly. Should your cat become lost, check with neighbours, your local veterinary clinic, or contact Council.
Keeping Other Animals
For more information on keeping other animals within the town area refer to Councils Local Law No.5 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2003 or contact Council's Environmental Health Officer.
Other animals include: