Cats can make excellent pets. However, they are also predators to Tasmania’s precious wildlife. Studies have shown cats catch and kill wildlife weighing up to four kilograms. Cats instinctively hunt, even well-fed pet cats. The prey that they catch can die from injury, shock, infection or disease.
Cats also can carry diseases which affect sheep, other animals and humans, such as toxoplasmosis which can cause miscarriage and birth defects.
As we live in an area abundant in native wildlife, some of which are threatened, and livestock grazing is important to our local economy and community, we encourage all cat owners to understand their responsibilities as a cat owner.
Responsible cat ownership includes:
- Microchipping your cat so it is identified as your pet.
- De-sexing your cat. You can apply for a discounted service to have your cat de-sexed through the National Desexing Network
- Confining your cat to your property. This means indoors all the time, with suitable stimulation or providing enclosures to allow them outside within a controlled environment. These measures will help to keep your cat safe from disease and injury as well as protect our wildlife.
If you have an unwanted cat or have found a stray please ensure you have arranged somewhere to take the cat before you trap it. Do not feed stray cats.
This is an excellent brochure that discusses the interactions between cats and wildlife and challenges some commonly held misconceptions
Feral cats can carry parasites that could infect other animals, including pet cats and stock, with fatal consequences.
If you’ve seen a feral cat you can map it here.
For further information on feral cat management in Tasmania.