Following extensive community consultation, Whitehorse City Council has adopted changes to the Domestic Animal Management Plan that will provide a safer environment for pets and native wildlife.
Feedback during the consultation stage showed that the community is concerned about the welfare of pets and native wildlife and strong support was shown for increased regulation on cats outside the home environment.
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From 1 October 2010, cats:
This means that owners will need to confine their cats so that they do not enter these bushland reserves at any time. If cats are not confined overnight or prevented from entering these reserves, owners may see the cats impounded and fines issued.
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There are several benefits to confining your cat to your property including:
The cat curfew means that cats must be confined to your property between 8pm to 6am. There are several options available to suit different housing and financial circumstances including:
For more information, download a copy of the Victorian Government publication How to Build Cat Proof Fencing and Cat Enclosures (643.97kB), which includes do-it-yourself step-by-step instructions, diagrams and photos. Call Council’s Community Laws Department on 9262 6333 for a hard copy.
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When training your cat to accept confinement, skip its morning feed and call it in at night before 8pm to be fed. Don’t feed your cat until it comes inside – it will learn quickly that it won’t get fed unless its home on time. Once inside, don’t let it out again until morning.
Ensure your cat has a comfortable and well-ventilated sleeping area with food, water and a litter tray. Your cat should adapt to night confinement within a few days. Some adult cats adapt easily, others need time and help to manage.
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Council is able to provide further information, advice and support for residents regarding suitable confinement methods and behaviour management for cats resistant to being confined.
Please contact Council’s Community Laws Department on 9262 6333.
Please also refer to Council's documents below:
For further information regarding cat welfare, please refer to the following agency websites.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131
Tel: (03) 9262 6333 Fax: (03) 9262 6490Email: firstname.lastname@example.org