responsible cat ownership
All cat owners have a responsibility to their cat, their community and the environment.
The Good Neighbour Project is designed to support cat owners to provide the best feline welfare and wellbeing outcomes for their cats at the same time as minimising the impact of cat ownership on the local community. Click here for a copy of the brochure.
Desexing – and in particular, early-age desexing – is fundamental to being a good neighbour. This video explains the health and welfare benefits of early-age desexing.
To access the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports paper: “Effect of age and surgical approach on perioperative wound complication following ovariohysterectomy in shelter-housed cats in Australia” click here.
For our factsheet on desexing click here. Please call our Welfare Office on (02) 9519 7201 if you need assistance with discount cat desexing.
Being a good neighbour means having a regular vet to keep your cat healthy, vaccinated and parasite-free. To find a veterinarian in your area, use the search function on the website of the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board www.vpb.nsw.gov.au/search-vet-hospital.
By law in NSW, cats must be microchipped and registered before 4-months of age and there is a very big discount on your registration fee if your kitten/cat is desexed. For more information on registration refer to our factsheet, visit www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au or talk to your local council, your vet, or the place where you obtained your cat. To find your local council, visit www.olg.nsw.gov.au.
All kittens and cats adopted from Cat Protection are lifetime registered in your name at the time of adoption (and you receive a discount because they are desexed plus an extra discount for adopting from a pound or shelter!).
At a minimum, cats should be curfewed between dusk and dawn – this is the time wildlife is most at risk from cats hunting, and when cats are most at risk from injury and death caused by cars, cats and other animals. Click here for information from WIRES on domestic pets and wildlife. To contact WIRES wildlife rescue visit www.wires.org.au or call 1300 094 737.
Every situation is different and depends on where you live (are you in a wildlife sensitive area? An apartment?) or whether you are dealing with trying to change habits in an existing cat or you’re introducing your kitten to their first home … but there are always steps you can take to be a good neighbour – and a wonderful friend to your felines.
- Choosing the right kitten or cat
- Happy, healthy indoor cats
- Reducing wandering
- Introducing curfews
- Balcony safety
- Harness and lead training
- Cat-proof fencing and enclosures
- Pet agreement for strata and rental
- Early-age desexing – health and welfare benefits
Click here to see our full range of cat care factsheets including feline welfare information in Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese. Click here for a list of veterinary practices where community languages are spoken.
Click on the links below to view videos on Good Neighbour topics. Please note all these videos feature an Auslan interpreter.
- Behaviour and environmental enrichment – Toileting
- Behaviour and environmental enrichment – Scratching
- Behaviour and environmental enrichment for indoor cats
- Veterinary issues – Diet
- Veterinary issues – General feline health and care
- Veterinary Issues – Early-age desexing
- Wildlife matters – Part 1
- Wildlife matters – Part 2
If you work with cats, please visit our website for cat care professionals, www.catcare.org.au.
Cruelty to animals is illegal. Report cruelty to your local police or contact NSW RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) or 02 9770 7555, or complete an online form with the NSW Animal Welfare League at www.awlnsw.com.au/report-cruelty or phone them on 02 8899 3333.
Please note that Cat Protection does not have investigation and prosecution powers under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.