Keep your cat happy
Keep your cat safe
Cat experts recommend keeping your cat on your property so that it stays safe and healthy. Cats are domesticated animals that can happily live indoors for their whole life. Cats that stay indoors live longer, healthier lives.
If you prefer to let your cat roam free, remember it must be microchipped and registered. We recommend that cats allowed to roam freely should wear a collar and tag in addition to being microchipped. We also suggest that you confine free-roaming cats indoors at night.
Free-roaming cats face risks to their safety and wellbeing, such as unfriendly dogs, speeding cars and cruel people. They often get hurt fighting with other cats and they also hunt or harm local wildlife. Roaming cats are more likely to catch infectious diseases and spread parasites such as intestinal worms and fleas. They may also cause neighbourhood disputes. Keep in mind that not all citizens appreciate feline visitors on their property.
If you want your cat to enjoy some safe outdoor time, consider cat-proofing your yard. You can do-it-yourself by following instructions from Victoria's Department of Primary Industries, or visit the websites listed below for other options.
It is especially important to desex free-roaming cats. Undesexed cats are responsible for thousands of unwanted litters every year.
Last updated: Tuesday, 15 July 2014