Tips for cat owners

Caring for a cat is a big responsibility. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Desex your cat
  • Microchip and register your cat
  • Have your cat wear a suitable collar, tag and bell
  • Feed your cat a balanced and nutritious diet
  • Provide fresh water at all times
  • Maintain your cat's health with regular worming, vaccinations and vet checks
  • Keep your cat indoors, particularly at night, and/or provide a cat run outdoors
  • Prevent your cat from coming into contact with native wildlife  
  • Teach your children how to behave around a cat
  • Stop your cat from wandering into prohibited public places including food preparation areas or wildlife protection zones - penalties apply
  • If you’re thinking of buying a cat, you might like to consider adopting one from the RSPCA or Pet Rescue
  • Never buy a cat as a gift unless you have discussed it at length with the person beforehand - it's a big commitment

For more information on responsible cat ownership, please see our Are you a Responsible Cat Owner Flyer (pdf. 153KB)

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