People respond to cats in different ways and they can be many things to different people: much-loved pets valued for enjoyment and companionship; useful animals that control rats and other vermin; nuisance animals that annoy neighbours; and feral pests that spread disease and impact on native wildlife and agriculture. The polarised views in the community about cats make their management a challenging and often emotive issue.
The State Government has recently published the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan 2017-2022 to guide the implementation of various actions at all levels of Government and all sectors of the community to improve cat management in Tasmania.
TASMANIAN CAT MANAGEMENT PLAN 2017-2022 (632.9 KiB)
Responsible Cat Ownership
Tasmanian legislation requires that cats must be:
- Microchipped (once over 6 months)
- Desexed (unless owned by a registered breeder for breeding)
Microchipping ensures that if your cat does get lost and ends up at a vet it can be returned to you. Collars are another handy way of doing this but can be lost or cats may escape when they are not fitted.
Desexing your cat has a number of advantages including:
- preventing unwanted litters
- increasing life expectancy
- improving temperament and health
- reducing the risk of certain cancers
- reducing spraying, fighting and yowling
- reducing the desire to roam
It is also worth considering containing your cat to your house with access to an outdoor enclosure. This has many benefits including:
- you get to spend more quality time with your cat
- your cat won’t be injured on the road
- your cat won’t get into fights with other cats, or be attacked by a dog,
- your cat won’t hunt native wildlife
- your cat won’t annoy neighbours
- less risk of disease and contracting fleas, lice and worms
- lower vet’s fees
It does take a bit of effort to make your house and outdoor enclosure suitably entertaining for your cat but it needn’t cost a lot. The TassieCat website is has good information about how to do this:
Tasmanian Cat Legislation
Links to Tasmanian cat management legislation are provided below.