Cat curfew saving more than nine lives

Monday, 30 July 2018

To celebrate International Cat Day (Wednesday, 8 August), Moonee Valley City Council is urging residents to do what’s best for their feline friends, and our local wildlife, and keep their cats inside.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said Council is asked to remove around 50 dead cats from our streets every year, usually close to their family homes.

“That’s why we support Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria’s Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign and ask our residents to do the same,” Cr Sipek said.

“As well as keeping our local wildlife safe, keeping cats inside decreases their risk of getting sick or injured from a road accident, a fight, poison or disease, and increases their lifespan to up to four times as long as an outdoor cat’s.”

Portfolio holder for Future Communities, Cr Rebecca Gauci Maurici, said that although cats make wonderful pets, they are also expert hunters.

“On average each domestic cat that is left to roam kills 32 animals each year, and we have 3499 cats registered in our city,” Cr Gauci Maurici said.

“With almost half of Australia’s endangered species living in towns and cities, cats pose a real threat to the native wildlife population if left outside. We owe it to our future generations to do everything we can to protect them.”

A cat curfew exists in Moonee Valley, which requires all cats to be kept inside from sunset to sunrise, but Council recommends they stay inside at all times.

Find out more about keeping cats in Moonee Valley at our Cat ownership page or visit Zoos Victoria to sign up for the latest advice, tips and tools to make a perfect inside home for your cat.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM