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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The closest cat management facilities for Northern Midlands residents are:
The TassieCat website www.tassiecat.com is a great source of information for cat owners and others on keeping our cats, communities and wildlife safe.
For further information on Cat Management visit Department of Primary Industries Water and Environment www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au