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Keep your cat safe and happy

Although you are not legally bound to keep your cat on your property, pet experts and the City of Sydney recommend you do to ensure your animal stays safe and healthy. Cats are well and truly domesticated and can happily live indoors for their whole life. Those who do live longer, healthier lives.

If you prefer to let your cat roam free, remember it must be registered, microchipped and wearing a collar and identification tag. We recommend locking free-roaming cats inside at night.

It is especially important to desex free-roaming cats. Undesexed cats are responsible for thousands of unwanted litters every year.

Free-roaming cats face many risks such as dogs, cars and cruel people. They often get hurt fighting with other cats and they also hunt wildlife. They are more likely to catch infectious diseases and spread parasites such as intestinal worms and fleas.

Your free-roaming cat may also cause neighbourhood disputes – not everyone likes cats or appreciates feline visitors on their property.

Options for outdoor time

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 the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria or visit the websites listed below for other options.


Department of Primary IndustriesCatmax Enclosures Oscillot Cat Proof Fencing SecureaKat Enclosures

Last updated: Monday, 10 December 2012