Cats make great pets and owning one can be very rewarding. Being a responsible cat owner means protecting your cat, other people’s pets, and the environment.
Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t need to roam so long as their basic needs are met.
From 1 July 2020, Council will require owners to keep cats contained to their property between sunset and sunrise. Besides being a legal requirement, there are many benefits to containing your cat such as:
- Your cat will be healthier and live longer – it is less likely to be involved in an accident or be exposed to potentially fatal diseases
- Your cat is less likely to get lost (saving a trip to the pound)
- Your cat won’t annoy your neighbours (eg. spraying, yowling, fighting, or riling up dogs)
- Less hunting and predation of wildlife – helping the Macedon Ranges environment flourish.
Cats can be confined to your property in one or more of the following ways:
- To a shed
- To a cat run or specially designed enclosure
- By enclosing part of a property, e.g. a verandah
- With cat proof fencing
Council recognises that it is easier to confine new generations of cats. However all cats can be trained to come home at night, usually by adjusting their feed times.
The Paws for Thought consultation into the review of dog on-and-off leash areas and the potential introduction of a cat curfew in the shire was held in late 2018.
For more information about the consultation process, recommendations and Council decisions, see Paws for Thought consultation