Cat management is a State responsibility.Circular Head Council has no role in the management of cats.
Council understands that cats can be wonderful companion pets and can provide health benefits to their owners, however, please be aware that they are also natural hunters and will actively hunt birds, reptiles and small mammals.
To participate in responsible cat ownership, please consider the following:
- Keep your cat indoors at night. This will help protect nocturnal native animals from cat predation.
- Put a bell on your cat’s collar. This may help to warn native animals of an imminent attack.
- Have your cat de-sexed. This may reduce the likelihood of your cat roaming far from home in search of a mate. De-sexing cats also has the potential to reduce the stray and feral animal population.
- Have your cat microchipped and ensure that your cat has a collar and tag that has your name and contact details, in case your cat goes missing.
- Ensure that your cat vaccinations are up to date.
For expert advice and useful resources on how to keep your cat safe, healthy and happy visit www.tassiecat.com. ‘Tassie Cat’ is a state-wide initiative of the Tasmanian Cat Management Project to encourage responsible cat ownership in the community.
You can find more information relating to cats on the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment website dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/cat-management-in-tasmania.
The rules relating to stock crossings and the movement of livestock on roads are contained within Traffic (Road Rules) Regulations 1999 and are enforced by the Tasmanian Police Force.
For further information on wildlife visit the Wildlife section of the Parks and Wildlife website parks.tas.gov.au/discovery-and-learning/wildlife or contact them at their Smithton Office on (03) 6452 4998.