Tasmanian Cat Management Project

Through actions taken as part of this project, pet cat owners will have a higher level of awareness of the potential negative impacts of roaming pet and stray cats, and will understand how responsible cat ownership can prevent their pet cats from contributing to those impacts.

Small Farm Living focus area
The entire NRM North region is included in this statewide initiative.

Focus

Through collaboration and partnerships with local councils, animal welfare groups, and key stakeholders, the Tasmanian Cat Management Project (TCMP) will contribute to the initiatives set out in the Tasmanian Government’s Tasmanian Cat Management Plan 2017-2022. The TCMP will focus on engagement with the Tasmanian community to promote responsible cat ownership including desexing, microchipping, containing pet cats indoors and appropriate rehoming behaviour.

Value

The Tasmanian Cat Management Plan 2017-2022 recognises that cats are an important part of Tasmanian society, but the role they play is a complex one. The species can be many things to different people, including much-loved pets, useful animals that control vermin, nuisance animals that annoy neighbours and invasive animals that spread disease and impact on native wildlife and agriculture.

The polarising views of cats in the community makes cat management a difficult and emotive issue. Understanding how cats interact and relate to wildlife and agriculture is integral to designing effective programs to manage cats and protect vulnerable species and agriculture.

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A pet cat kept safe at home can live up to four times longer than a cat left to roam.
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Cats left to roam can visit up to 26 neighbouring properties in a day.

Delivery

The Tasmanian Cat Management Project was established in 2018 through funding from the Tasmanian Government. The state-wide initiative is supported by NRM North, Kingborough Council and Cradle Coast NRM through funding from the Tasmanian Government. The three-year project will:

  • facilitate responsible cat ownership in the Tasmanian community through partnerships with local government and key stakeholders;
  • provide expert advice and useful resources to help owners keep their cats healthy and happy, whilst protecting wildlife and communities, through the state-wide responsible pet cat ownership initiative, TassieCat;
  • attend events, community and industry discussions to educate the broader community about how to help stray or unwanted cats and promote responsible pet cat ownership; and
  • provide support to conservation and NRM bodies to minimise the impacts of cats in areas with important conservation values.

Quick Q&A

Where can I find resources and information about responsible cat management?

If you are the owner of a pet cat, or want information to help you speak to neighbours about cats in your community, the TassieCat website is a great place to start.

What is being done to address feral cats in Tasmania?

The Tasmanian Government and key stakeholders are working on initiatives to help manage the populations of feral cats in Tasmania, however feral cats are not a focus of the Tasmanian Cat Management Project. For information on feral cats, please review the information available from the Tasmanian Government.

Where can I find cat management facilities in Tasmania?

There are three registered cat management facilities in Tasmania:

I have feral or stray cats roaming on my property. What can I do?

The Cat Management Act 2009 outlines the management actions that can be taken when a cat is found in a prohibited, rural or remote area. Please visit the Tasmanian Government website for more information.

Partners

The Tasmanian Cat Management Project is supported by:

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Partners

The Tasmanian Cat Management Project is supported by:

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