Cat Owners Reminded to Keep ‘Purry’ Friends Happy At Home

02 November 2020 8:30 AM

City of Kalamunda cat owners are being reminded of the obligations and benefits of being a responsible cat owner and keep their ‘purry’ friends contained at home.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said cats play a wonderful role in many people’s lives but it’s important to be responsible.
 
“The Cat Act 2011 requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives the City the power to enforce the legislation,” she said.
 
“With this in mind, we recommend residents keep their cats inside or contained in a cat-friendly enclosure outdoors.
 
“By keeping your cat contained and happy at home you reduce the risks associated with roaming, such as being hurt by, or endangering other animals. Plus, roaming cats can get hit by cars, injured in fights, catch diseases or get lost.”
 
Residents should also refrain from feeding stray cats and talk calmly to neighbours if they have a problem with their 'next door’ moggy.
 
“Cats can live quite happily indoors or contained outside with a few adjustments,” Cr Thomas said.
 
“They need defined areas for sleeping, resting and watching the world along with food, water and litter boxes.
 
“A few toys and a scratching post will help them get the exercise they need and prevent boredom.”
 
De-sexing cats also reduces their desire to wander and helps prevent anti-social behaviours.
 
Find more information here on responsible pet ownership including City requirements and recommendations and registration and microchipping details or alternatively, please phone (08) 9257 9999.

© City of Kalamunda 2020