From time to time Council conducts cat-trapping campaigns in bushland areas where there is evidence that native wildlife is being threatened by feral cats. For this reason it is important that domestic cats are microchipped and identified with a collar and tag so that if they are trapped they can be returned to their owners.
As many native animals feed from dusk till dawn, it is at this time that they are most vulnerable to attack from roaming cats. To prevent these attacks, all residents are asked to make arrangements to confine their cats inside at night.
Cats that are well cared for and controlled by their owners seldom cause problems to the community. It is the stray and feral cats that we need to target and control. Residents can help by ensuring that their pets are kept separate from stray and feral cats to stop unwanted breeding and prevent the spread of disease.
Never feed stray cats unless you intend to care for it as a pet. Stray cats form a direct link between domestic and feral cats. If you have a problem in your area Council hires feral cat traps to the public.
Confining cats is quite easy
Cats should never be fed until it is time for them to be confined. Once you invite them in to be fed, keep them in for the night.
If your cat is well behaved you can let them roam freely inside. Shut the cat in a convenient room where they have a bed and a litter tray if you need to.
For those who don't like cats indoors at all then the garden shed or garage is a suitable alternative for confinement.