Pets are animals kept for pleasure and company and they can become important members of the family. As household pets, cats are dependent on human beings for care and feeding, and although cats have a reputation for being relatively independent, domestic cats require love and attention from their owners.
However, many people don't like cats and this is often as a result of previous experiences with cats roaming, spraying and fighting and the increase in the feral cat population.
Responsible Cat Ownership
Cats that are allowed outside have some degree of freedom and independence, and may enjoy hunting small animals and interacting with other cats; they get plenty of exercise and are unlikely to become bored or lonely. The outdoors, however, poses many hazards to cats, even in rural areas. An outdoor cat may be struck by a car, poisoned by common pesticides, or injured by other animals (other cats or dogs). In addition, the cat may be exposed to the fatal feline diseases that are endemic in the stray cat population.
To ensure your cat is safe it should be:
- Identified with a microchip or collar
- Desexed and immunised
- Confined to your property
For more information please click on the fact sheet below:
Homeless Cats Campaign
Around half a million homeless cats roam SA streets - we need your help!
Homeless cats in SA are spreading in plague proportions so the Dog & Cat Management Board, in association with local Councils, the Australian Veterinary Association, RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has launched a communication campaign that poses the question "are you willing to take ownership?"
The campaign uses social media formats to generate discussion and consideration amongst homeless cat feeders.
Research statistics show that 60% of homeless cat feeders incorrectly believe the cat they are feeding is owned, 66% feed daily and intend to continue but 80% will not extend their care beyond just feeding.
This level of community confusion is creating the strong growth of homeless cat colonies where disease is rife and each homeless cat can be responsible for producing up to 41 kittens a year - in fact in only 4 years just 1 homeless female and her kittens can produce 3,822 feral cats.
Homeless cats lead a life of stress, danger and disease.
They hold an average life expectancy of only 3-4 years (owned cats = 13 years).
The message campaign uses social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and existing online forums to generate discussion, send messages and provide advice and assistance that allows homeless cat feeders to question what they are doing and consider taking true responsibility for the animal they are assisting.
All platforms lead to a central website (www.goodcatsa/homeless) that directs traffic and enquiries, provides information and support + allows the cat loving community to join the discussion and learn from other cat lovers experiences.