Cat Management

Council is not directly involved in the management of cats, but we do encourage and support responsible ownership of cats. 

The management of Cats in Tasmania is guided by the controls set out in the Cat Management Act 2009.

Who administers the Cat Management Act?

The Cat Management Act 2009 is administered by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), a state government agency. Local government does not have any direct obligations under the Act to control cats however, the opportunity exists for Local Government to participate.

Do I have to have my cat desexed and microchipped?

As of 1 July 2012, any cat that is to be sold or given away (must be at least 8 weeks old) must first be desexed, microchipped, wormed and vaccinated. With regards microchipping and desexing the only exceptions are for cats owned by registered breeders and genuine show cats or if the owners have a certificate from a vet exempting the cat.  

Am I bound by law to confine my cat?

No. You are not bound by law to confine your cat. However, Council strongly recommends for the benefit of your cat, your neighbours and local wildlife that you keep your cat confined to your house and yard. Cat owners have a responsibility to ensure their cat/s do not become a nuisance to their neighbours. If a neighbour’s cat is becoming a regular nuisance, please consider discussing the problem with the cat’s owner, often they are unaware that there is a problem.

I have a stray or feral cat problem; can Council come and take care of it?

No. The Cat Management Act 2009 is administered by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), a state government agency. Local government does not have any direct obligations or funding and resources under the Act to control, trap or collect cats. Northern Midlands Council however is working to promote responsible cat ownership.

Council, DPIPWE and the cat management facilities (Launceston RSPCA) do not have resources to go out and remove nuisance stays or other cats. A cat management facility may take trapped cats but in most cases, will not trap them.

Traps are available to hire from the Council Office at 13 Smith Street Longford

The closest cat management facilities for Northern Midlands residents are:  

  • Just Cats, Esklynn Rd, Longford, 7301. Ph 0412581672
  • RSPCA Launceston, 63 Remount Rd, Mowbray, 7248. Ph 63328282

A good guide to cat management in Tasmania, and information for cat owners and the general community can be found at http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invas...