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Cats are skilled hunters and can survive in the wild without any human contact or help whatsoever. Cats can have a devastating effect on native animals. There are steps you can take to help keep your cat safe and the feral cat population down.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Be responsible and keep your cat indoors at night, desex your cat and don’t dump cats or kittens.  If you can’t keep your cat, find new owners or take them to the RSPCA. Give your cat enough food and water and book your cat into a cattery when you go away. Finally, make sure your cat has identification.

The Feline Factor

Cats were brought to Australia from Europe in the 1700s. Some were deliberately released into the bush in the 1800s in an attempt to control other pest species, such as rabbits, mice and rats. Cats spread rapidly throughout most of Australia.

Why Are Cats a Problem?

Cats pose a major threat to the survival of many species of native animals. They eat small mammals, catch birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects, hunting prey up to the size of a brush-tail possum. Cats have contributed to the extinction of many small mammals and ground nesting birds.

Cat Control Programs

Council has taken several measures to protect and conserve local wildlife by declaring significant bushland reserves as wildlife protection areas. All cats are prohibited to enter these reserves.

Council undertakes regular trapping programs to remove cats from Wildlife Protection Areas.

What Can You Do?

If you spot a stray or feral cat in a Council bushland reserve, please contact Council know and please do not feed it.

Cats and the Law

Predation by feral cats is listed as a key threatening process under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

Own a Pet Cat?

Be responsible and keep your cat indoors at night, desex your cat and  don’t dump cats or kittens.  If you cant keep your cat, find new owners or take them to the RSPCA. Give your cat enough food and water and book your cat into a cattery when you go away. Finally, make sure your cat has identification.