Frequently Asked Questions

Should I desex my cat?

Yes. Desexing your cat prevents unwanted litters of kittens. Plus it's beneficial for your cat's health and wellbeing. Yes, under the Cat Management Act 2009, from 1 March 2022, all cats over the age of four months must be desexed. Exemptions will apply where a vet certifies that desexing may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat, or if the cat is owned for the purpose of breeding by a registered breeder or the holder of a cat breeding permit in relation to the cat. There are many benefits to having your cat desexed: - It stops unwanted litters, reducing the problem and costs of unwanted pets - It increases your cat's life expectancy - It reduces undesirable behaviours, such as spraying, fighting, roaming and yowling To read more about desexing your cat, see Getting your cat desexed.

Do I have to microchip my cat?

Yes, under the Cat Management Act 2009, a cat owner should ensure that their cat is microchipped from 6 months of age, unless the cat has been deemed unfit for microchipping due to health or welfare reasons by a registered vet. For added security, fit a collar and tag on your cat with your address and contact details. Did you know? 9 out of 10 cats that go missing are never reunited with their owners. Find out more about how microchipping works: read Microchipping your cat

How do I keep my cat indoors or on my property?

Containing your cat on your property is the best way of ensuring its safety and protecting native wildlife. Here are a few simple ways to keep your cat from roaming: 1. Keep your cat indoors 2. Install or build an outdoor cat run or enclosure 3. Install cat-proof fencing or cat netting Did you know? Cats do not need to roam to be happy and fulfilled. For tips on how to transition your cat indoors, read more about Keeping your cat healthy and happy at home Find out how to purchase or build cat enclosures and fencing on our Resources page

Should I feed a cat that is not my own?

No. The large number of stray cats in Tasmania is causing serious harm to our native wildlife and costing livestock farmers over a million dollars each year due to cat-borne diseases. Although your intention is to help, feeding stray unowned cats will only worsen the problem. Most stray cats are not desexed and will be able to reproduce prolifically if they are being fed. Here's what you can do instead: 1. Take the cat to your local vet or cat management facility to find out if the cat has an owner. If possible, try to return the cat to its owner. 2. If the cat is not microchipped it should be taken to a cat management facility. Please contact your nearest cat management facility and they will be able to assist you. Visit our Resources page to see how to engage with your neighbours about roaming cats and where to find your nearest cat management facility

What can I do about a roaming domestic/stray cat on my property?

You can cat-proof your yard. Our Nuisance Cats factsheet contains some handy tips and tricks on how you might do this. If you know who the owner of the cat is, try addressing the problem directly with them. Have a look on our Cats in the neighbourhood page for tips on engaging with your neighbours about nuisance cats. Under the Cat Management Act 2009 a person is permitted to trap a cat on their private property, as long as any cat that is trapped is either returned to their owner, taken to a cat management facility, or their nominee, within 24 hours of being trapped. Traps must be checked at least once every 24-hour period after the trap is first set. Before setting a trap, a person should first contact a cat management facility to uderstand the facility's processes for accepting a cat, operating hours, and any associated fees. You should not take a cat to a cat management facility without contacting the facility first. For more information and the 'Guidelines to trapping cats in urban and peri-urban areas' visit our Cats in the neighbourhood page.

Can I breed my cats?

Unless you are a registered breeder you are not permitted to breed cats in Tasmania. With so many unwanted cats and kittens surrendered and euthanased each year, why not consider adopting from a cat management facility instead?

Can I sell or give away unwanted cats?

Cats can only be sold or given away if they are older than 8 weeks age, and are desexed and microchipped. This rule does not apply if a Care Agreement is in place, or a certificate from a registered vet has been issued that deems the cat unfit for microchipping and desexing due to health or welfare reasons, or the purchaser is a registered breeder. Cats may also be surrendered to a cat management facility for re-homing.It is illegal to abandon unwanted cats in Tasmania. To find out about cat management services in your area, see our Resources page.

TassieCat is a state-wide initiative to promote and facilitate responsible cat ownership and management in Tasmania. The project is supported by Cradle Coast Authority NRM, Kingborough Council, and NRM North through funding from the Tasmanian Government.

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