Cats and Wildlife

Cats have been shown to prey on at least 400 species of native and introduced vertebrates in Australia, including 157 reptiles, 123 birds, 58 marsupials, 27 rodents and 21 frogs. Camera studies in Tasmania have shown cats are capable of catching and killing wildlife weighing up to four kilograms.

If we want to continue enjoying Tasmania’s unique wildlife, we all need to think about how we can reduce our impact on the environment. This especially applies to those of us that own cats as pets.

Cat owners have a responsibility to ensure their cats don’t kill native wildlife or become a nuisance to others. The good news is that all cat owners have the power to protect Tasmania's native wildlife from harm by taking a few simple actions.

Here are five ways you can better care for the health and welfare of both your pet cat and Tasmania's native wildlife:

  1. Desex your cat
  2. Identify your cat as a pet
  3. Never dump unwanted cats or kittens (this is against the law)
  4. Prevent your cat from roaming
  5. Never feed stray cats or kittens

Download the Cats and Wildlife: How You Can Protect Both booklet to find out more.

  Cats and Wildlife: How You Can Protect Both   (3Mb)

This community information booklet has been produced by Biosecurity Tasmania in consultation with Birdlife Tasmania, Cradle Coast NRM, Kingborough Council, National Desexing Network, NRM North, NRM South, Tamar NRM, and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association.

For further information about cat management in Tasmania contact:

Invasive Species Branch
Phone: 03 6165 3777