It's time to contain your cat, or risk unwanted kittens

Published:

NOTE: This article is older than 12 months

With the start of the cat breeding season upon us, Sunshine Coast Council is calling on all cat owners to make sure their cats are contained to their properties.

Council's Coordinator Response Services Tanya Esser said there had been a substantial increase in the number of cats impounded in the past week.

"Last week we had 19 cats come to the pound and alarmingly, two were pregnant and only two had microchips and were able to be reunited with their owners," Ms Esser said.

"Unfortunately at this time of year, we often receive cats at the pound that are carrying litters and, had they not been taken to the pound, they have the potential to become feral and have a significant impact on native wildlife."

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said it was imperative for cat owners to do the right thing.

"When a cat becomes part of your family you become responsible for its health, welfare and the impact it has on your surrounding community," Cr McKay said.

"I urge all cat owners to ensure their cats are registered, microchipped and contained on their properties."

Your cat is your responsibility.

Responsible cat ownership means registering your cat with council each year, making sure your cat is microchipped and keeping your cat contained at all times.

Lifetime cat registration is available for only $81 for cats that have been de-sexed and microchipped.

Microchipping your cat is the best way to ensure it can be returned to you if it is found roaming.

Council officers who collect a wandering cat will do their best to return it home in the first instance, however too many cats are not microchipped and this often means they have to go to the pound to wait for their owner.

While de-sexing your cat is not compulsory, it will help to reduce unwanted litters.

Is your cat missing? View the list of cats currently at the Sippy Creek Animal Pound:

https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Animals-and-Pets/Lost-and-Found-Animals

Cats are not allowed to roam off your property, so this may mean you need to adjust your fencing or build a cat enclosure if you want your cat to exercise outside.

If your cat is found wandering from your property you may receive a fine of $266, and if your cat is impounded, you may face an impound fee of $252 as well as daily care and sustenance fees.

 
Animals Wildlife or Pets Community Sunshine Coast Council
Social:   

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Caloundra Mini Festival will Luminate! Caloundra for October long weekend 18 September 2020 | The Caloundra Mini Festival featuring Luminate! will spread music love and light around Caloundra from October 1-5, following the approval of a COVID Safe Plan by Queensland Health. More information...
State election candidates need to deliver for the Sunshine Coast 18 September 2020 | With the 2020 State election just six weeks away, the Australian economy officially in recession and communities staring down the barrel of a long and challenging road to recovery, candidates need to be putting... More information...
Community safety drives dog inspection program 17 September 2020 | Residents are being encouraged to exercise responsible pet ownership and ensure their dog is adequately restrained ahead of an annual inspection program starting in November. More information...
Ensuring our community gets the best integrated transportation network 17 September 2020 | Sunshine Coast Council today (17 September) endorsed the 2019/20 Transport Levy Annual Report, which highlights council’s work towards delivering an effective integrated transport network. More information...
Free Sunshine Coast spring school holiday activities 15 September 2020 | School holidays are just around the corner, and Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Libraries and the Caloundra Regional Gallery have some free activities to make the most of the beautiful spring weather. More information...
Mobile Libraries back on the road 16 September 2020 | Sunshine Coast Council’s Mobile Libraries are back on the road, following a hiatus due to COVID-19. More information...
Sunday serves up sport in all forms 11 September 2020 | The Sunshine Coast will serve up a bumper sporting Sunday with the IRONMAN 70.3, the sold-out NRL match between Storm and North Queensland Cowboys and the Suncorp Super Netball match between our Sunshine Coast... More information...
Collect your school holiday activity pack thanks to Sunshine Coast Libraries 10 September 2020 | Sunshine Coast Council Libraries are continuing to provide creative alternatives to service our community in line with the latest COVID-safe guidelines. More information...
New CEO appointed to Council 10 September 2020 | From an original pool of 126 applicants, Sunshine Coast Council has selected highly credentialed and experienced leader Emma Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). More information...
Take a fresh look at slow fashion and artful living 09 September 2020 | With many Sunshine Coast residents experiencing a much slower way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a great time to take a fresh look at how we live and Sunshine Coast Council’s fabric – Slow... More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service