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Cat curfews for the North

By johnboy - 6 September 2011 45

Simon Corbell has announced cat curfew regulations are being extended to Crace, Coombs, Wright, Lawson and parts of North Watson:

The new cat curfew areas adjoin significant conservation areas that contain critical habitats for several threatened species including lizards, insects and bird species that are susceptible to cat predation.

These include the nationally vulnerable pink-tailed worm lizard and striped legless lizard, the perunga grasshopper which is considered vulnerable within the ACT and the Canberra raspy cricket, which is confined to the Canberra region. Several threatened and declining woodland birds, including the white-winged triller, varied sitella and diamond firetail also feed and nest in neighbouring vegetation.

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Cat curfews for the North
Eirlys 12:43 pm 06 Sep 11

I live in Downer, so not quite the area affected, but as I would not be able to “contain” my cat in a yard (yes I know all about runs etc, out of my price range at present), my cat would just have to permanently become an inside cat.

Of course, I do think that cats get the blame solely at their feet, because they are an easy target. For the record, my cat does not go out at night, as that is irresponsible, and I try to be as responsible a cat owner as possible. And I am not saying that cats are blamefree either,

Raging Tempest 12:08 pm 06 Sep 11

Hay JazzyJess I had my enclosure done by Custom Cat Enclosures http://www.customcatenclosures.com.au and also thoroughly recommend them

matt31221 11:47 am 06 Sep 11

KaptnKaos said :

Do the idiots running this show not realise that it’s not the cats which are the problem, it’s us humans, obviously not.
We build – sorry I meant, sustainably redevelop (apologies for the current wank words) – these regions of the town and destroy these populous of native wildlife whether we have cats or not. The human population will continue to grow, people will have pets, be they dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, politicians – us and these pets will continue to destroy the native vegetation, wildlife and ecology of any region we inhabit no matter what curfews are in place.
Will Dr Dolittle be visiting to tell these animals that they will not be able to kill during certain times, get a grip FFS, next you won’t be able to drive on the roads because you might hit a bird or an earless legless blind pink snakey looking wormy thing, oh wait hang on, that’s what the greens are pushing for aren’t they, vehicleless roads.

+1

That is what I call keeping it real brother! Humans are destructive, oh well that is the way it is. But don’t pretend that it is cats doing all the damage.

We are destructive but maybe one day we will be less destructive and more symbiotic. Until then keep on truckin down that road. Otherwise you could end up like one of those mad eastern religious types who freak right out when they step on a butterfly or accidently kill a mosquito when it was stealing their blood.

Solidarity 11:30 am 06 Sep 11

The curfew doesn’t say anything about Lynxes, so I guess if you want a feline and you live in out of those outter suburbs, get a Lynx.

JazzyJess 11:29 am 06 Sep 11

Many thanks for the leads. I figured I’d get a cat run installed eventually. Xole, I’m in Ngunnawal too and it’s like a cat Jamberoo out here. Every house in my street has at least one cat (says the woman with 3).

KaptnKaos 11:04 am 06 Sep 11

Do the idiots running this show not realise that it’s not the cats which are the problem, it’s us humans, obviously not.
We build – sorry I meant, sustainably redevelop (apologies for the current wank words) – these regions of the town and destroy these populous of native wildlife whether we have cats or not. The human population will continue to grow, people will have pets, be they dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, politicians – us and these pets will continue to destroy the native vegetation, wildlife and ecology of any region we inhabit no matter what curfews are in place.
Will Dr Dolittle be visiting to tell these animals that they will not be able to kill during certain times, get a grip FFS, next you won’t be able to drive on the roads because you might hit a bird or an earless legless blind pink snakey looking wormy thing, oh wait hang on, that’s what the greens are pushing for aren’t they, vehicleless roads.

edlang 11:02 am 06 Sep 11

Retrospective denial of amenity? Huh.

gingerfish 10:56 am 06 Sep 11

Hey Jazzy Jess

you should try http://www.balcourt.com.au – these guys are the canberra stockists and installers for the catnip modular cat parks

xole 10:54 am 06 Sep 11

JazzyJess said :

Hmmm. My 3 cats will be none too pleased when we move to Crace next year. Anybody know where I can get one of those metal runs from?

We live in Ngunnawal and don’t technically have to keep our cats indoors, but when we got our new kittens we installed a cat park. Our previous cats only brought in a handful of birds, but I suspect there were plenty more they didn’t show off. Our new cats love the cat park – they can come and go as they please, and I don’t have to worry about them getting hit by a car, getting lost down the storm drains, or expensive vet visits after cat fights (all things our previous cats got up to).

Our supplier and installer was Catnip (www.catnip.com.au), and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

sarahsarah 10:48 am 06 Sep 11

JazzyJess said :

Hmmm. My 3 cats will be none too pleased when we move to Crace next year. Anybody know where I can get one of those metal runs from?

Catnip: http://www.catnip.com.au/

We used them for a run for our two cats are were very happy with both their service and the run itself.

JazzyJess 10:38 am 06 Sep 11

Hmmm. My 3 cats will be none too pleased when we move to Crace next year. Anybody know where I can get one of those metal runs from?

Watson 10:31 am 06 Sep 11

junkett said :

Good start, now extend it to the whole of the ACT and make it a 24 hour curfew.

You obviously didn’t read the media release? “are areas in which cats must be contained on the owners properties at all times.” I did not think this was called cat curfew, but “cat containment area”. Didn’t go check the Act for the proper terminology though.

And to me it is important news. I am moving to a Gungahlin suburb next year and I considered adopting our foster kittens myself. But wouldn’t have done so if I would’ve had to keep them inside 24/7. Night curfew I’d have no problem with. Turns out our future suburb does not have any cat restrictions. (But the foster kittens were adopted out anyway.)

poetix 10:19 am 06 Sep 11

The Canberra raspy cricket…Sounds like a cricket who should get off the fags. Or sing blues songs about cats.

Thumper 9:59 am 06 Sep 11

Someone might want to tell the cats that they are not allowed out late at night in these suburbs,

junkett 9:30 am 06 Sep 11

Good start, now extend it to the whole of the ACT and make it a 24 hour curfew.

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