Owning a cat can be a rewarding and fun relationship. However, it requires responsible cat ownership. As a cat owner you are responsible for:
providing the cat with food, water and shelter
ensuring the cat does not impact on Tasmania’s native wildlife
ensuring the cat does not become a nuisance to others
complying with local requirements
Cat Management Act 2009 (the Act) and Cat Management Regulations 2022 provide the control and management of cats through promoting responsible cat ownership, effective management of cats and reducing the negative effects of cats on the environment.
Under the Act:
A person wanting to breed a cat must be a registered breeder or hold a cat breeding permit or valid registration issued by the Department prior to 1 March 2022.
Cats over the age of four months must be
desexed and microchipped(exceptions apply).
Cats that are
sold or given away must be more than eight weeks old, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, had at least one treatment for internal worms and be free of external parasites.
A person is permitted to
trap, seize and humanely destroy cats in certain circumstances.
Gives landowners and managers the statutory power to control 'roaming and nuisance' cats found on their land.
limit has been prescribed for the number of cats over the age of four months that can be kept on an individual property.
Keep your cat from roaming
Pets should stay at home. Cats that are prevented from roaming are typically healthier. They do not come into contact with cats carrying diseases, they do not get into fights with other cats or get hit by a car, which also means less vet expenses. A cat that is allowed to roam also risks being trapped.
Cats kept indoors or in a specially designed cat enclosure won’t prey on wildlife. Cat enclosures can provide cats with access to your house and to an enclosed outdoor area. It is easy to enrich their environment to ensure they get enough exercise and don’t get bored.
As a responsible owner of a cat, it is important that you ensure your cat is not causing a nuisance with neighbours or Tasmania’s native wildlife.
'But my cat doesn't roam, kill wildlife and isn't a nuisance to my neighbours.'
You might be surprised! Learn about the adventures of ‘Tic-Tac’, a local cat tracked in Kingborough Council’s Cat Tracker Project.
TassieCat website also has a range of
resources to assist owners to manage their cat responsibly.