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Cats are much loved and valued pets for many people. It has been estimated however that cats kill more than 75 million native animals a year.  They can also spread diseases to livestock, humans and wildlife.

As we live in an area abundant in native wildlife, some of which are threatened, and where agriculture is an important industry, we encourage all cat owners to be responsible cat owners.

We are supporting a Northern Regional Cat Management Strategy, implementing local priorities and collaborating with other councils and stakeholders to promote responsible cat management as part of the Tasmanian Cat Management initiative.  Animal welfare must be the first consideration for cat control.

The TassieCat website is a great source of information for cat owners and others on keeping our cats, communities and wildlife safe.  The TassieCat facebook page is worth a look too.

For details and more information about cat management in Tasmaina visit the Responsible Cat Ownership webpages of the Department of  Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE).

The Cat Management Act includes rules for keeping, breeding and trapping cats (seizing, detaining, destroying and releasing).  Under the Act:

  • Cats older than four months must be desexed and microchipped​ (exceptions apply).​
  • Only registered breeders or a person holding a cat breeding permit are permitted to breed cats (and that includes sinply letting a cat breed).
  • Cats that are sold or given away must be more than eight weeks old, desexed, microchipped and have passed a health check.
  • ​​A Permit is required to keep more than four cats on an individual property (with some exeptions, such as registered breeders and visiting cats).
  • In certain circumstances, trapping, seizing and humane destruction of cats is permited and landowners and managers can control ‘roaming and nuisance’ cats​ found on their land.

 

Council’s subsidy is now available to more people and cats.

  1. Roaming/semi-owned cats, and people willing to take them into their home, as their own pet.
  2. Cat owners with a concession card can apply for up to four cats.

Having your valued cat microchipped means if it strays from home it can be identified as your pet and come home.

Desexing your cat means it’s not going to add to the struggling stray and roaming cat populations around our townships.  Or make the feral cat problem worse in Tasmania’s native habitats.

Getting your cat microchipped and desexed

Recent changes to the Cat Management Act include a requirement that all cats be microchipped and desexed at 4 months or older.  (There can be exceptions, for example veterinary health reasons or for lawful breeders.)

To help cat owners we are offering a subsidy to Break O’Day cat owners in 2022 for part of the costs at the Vet of microchipping and desexing their cat.  Cat owners will need to pay about $50 towards the costs for each cat.

From August, our subsidy offer in 2022 is now available to concession card holders for up to four cats per household.

And the subsidy is also available for roaming/semi-owned cats, to encourage people who may have one visiting to get off the streets and into their home, as their own pet.

The subsidy is available until spring 2022 and has a limited budget.

2022 Microchipping and Desexing Subsidy

Obtain an application form for the microchipping and desexing subsidy by downloading a copy here, or by contacting Council by email (admin@bodc.tas.gov.au) or phone (63767900).  We’d prefer to use the electronic application form but can provide a paper copy too.  And of course you can call our office at St Helens for assistance or if you have questions.

Complete the all information about you and your cat/s on the form and return it to Council so we can endorse the subsidy.

We will let you know when that is done and send a copy of the form back to you and a copy to the Vet – the subsidy is only available by taking your cat to the East Coast Veterinary Clinic at St Helens.

After we return your approved form, make an appointment at the Vet for your cat.  If your cat isn’t good a travelling and you don’t have a pet crate available ask us about borrowing a carrier.

You will have to pay the vet the balance of the cost, we’ll pay the vet the subsidy directly (details on the form).

 

The introduction of the Cat Management Act in 2009 initiated new efforts to tackle cat problems in Tasmania.  In 2016 the Tasmanian Government released its Cat Management Plan and in 2019 it launched the Tasmanian Cat Management Project ‘TassieCat’ and amendments to improve the Cat Management Act came into force between 1 March 2021 and 2022.

It has been estimated that cats kill more than 75 million native animals a year in Australia, including some species threatened with extinction. Cats also can carry diseases which affect sheep, other animals and humans, such as toxoplasmosis which can cause miscarriage and birth defects.

As we live in an area abundant in native wildlife and livestock grazing is important to our local economy, we encourage all cat owners to understand their responsibilities as a cat owner.  Three things to do are microchip and desex your cat and keep it safe, at home and not roaming.

To find out more about what responsible cat ownership means and information about management of roaming and feral cats visit the TassieCat website and the Responsible Cat Ownership webpages of NRE.

Trapping cats

If you are concerned about stray and roaming cats near you the Cat Management Act includes rules for trapping cats (seizing, detaining, destroying and releasing).  Always treat animals humanely and respect their welfare (the Animal Welfare Act applies).

Under the Cat Management Act:

  • A person is permitted to trap a cat on their private property, provided the trap is checked at least once within every 24-hour period after the trap is first set; and a trapped cat is either returned to its owner; or taken to a Cat Management Facility or a nominee of a Cat Management Facility, within 24 hours of being trapped. Arrangements should be made with cat management facilities before setting a trap.
  • A person managing ‘primary production land’ or occupier of ‘production premises’ is permitted to humanely destroy a cat on ‘primary production land’ or at ‘production premises’. Persons undertaking lethal cat management action would need to comply with other relevant legislation, such as the Animal Welfare Act 1993 and the Firearms Act 1996.

Managers of Crown Land and formal nature conservation reserves (Prohibited Areas for cats) may trap, seize or humanely destroy a cat found on those areas. Council can declare Council land as Prohibited Areas also, and declare Cat Management Areas elsewhere, to support actions to reduce cat populations and to encourage responsible car care.

TassieCat has good information (here) that will help you and your neighbourhood if you are concerned about stray or roaming cat problems.  Council does not have any Cat Management Facilities for the surrender and sheltering of cats.

You can find more information from the Responsible Cat Ownership webpages of the Department of  Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.  For more information on feral cat management see the Department’s feral cats webpage.