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. Under the Cat Management Act 2009, a cat owner should ensure that their cat is desexed by a veterinary surgeon from 6 months of age. This rule does not apply to cats owned, for the purpose of breeding, by registered breeders, or to cats that have been deemed unfit for desexing due to health or welfare reasons by a registered vet. When your cat is desexed your vet will issue you a certificate that states your cat is desexed. Did you know? Desexing at an early age can be more beneficial for your cat. To read more about desexing your cat, see How to get your cat desexed




How do I identify my cat as a pet?


Microchipping is the best way to identify your cat and increase the likelihood of being reunited with your cat should it go missing. 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 wandering cats and where to find your nearest cat management facility




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


If you know who the owner of the cat is, try addressing the problem directly with them. Have a look on our Resources page for tips on engaging with your neighbours about nuisance cats. You can also report nuisance cats to your local Council who may be able to advise you on a suitable course of action. The Cat Management Act 2009 permits you to trap a cat on your property if you live more than 1 km from another residence or you live on a rural property that is used for livestock production. In these circumstances, trapped cats can be humanely destroyed or taken to a cat management facility. To support regional feral cat management planning, record all your feral cat sightings on FeralCatScan.




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.





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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.