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They’re coming for your cat!

By johnboy - 27 April 2011 36

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Chief Minister Stanhope has put out an ominous media release for cat owners which seems to be foreshadowing even tougher restrictions for Canberra’s moggies.

The ACT Government will soon commence a survey of around 1,200 residents to gather community attitudes on responsible cat ownership, Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope, said today.

“The survey aims to gather information on about cat registration and microchipping, control of feral and stray cats, containment of domestic cats and wildlife and bushland conservation,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Three groups of residents will be surveyed – non-cat owners, cat-owners and residents of cat containment suburbs such as Forde and Bonner. The results will help us develop and implement policies related to domestic and stray cats.”

The random phone survey will be undertaken during May. The questions have been developed in collaboration with partner organisations including the Australian National University, the RSPCA and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which is also providing the survey funding.

One hopes this is not going to be payback for Hargreaves’ cat getting our fireworks banned.

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They’re coming for your cat!
bugmenot 2:28 pm 27 Apr 11

madamcholet said :

however we do recognise that its probably not getting what it needs from its actual owners poor bugger.

Don’t be a fool.

Cats roam and eat everywhere because they can. It’s got nothing at all to do with a lack of care from it’s slaves/owners.

My advice would be to bring your dog inside, lock the doggy door and get a cat trap from Domestic Animal Services. Once said feline is inside the cage, call em up and the animal will be impounded and the owner will be up for $$$ to get it back.

Rinse and repeat a few times until the owner gets the message and a substantially lightened pocket.

Buzz2600 2:26 pm 27 Apr 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Buzz2600 said :

Given the general ignorance of the impact of cats on native animal populations, whats the point of a random questionnaire? Just get on with the job of eradicating them before there’s no native animals left.

I would have though the affect of human intervention some 50-60 years ago on what is now my nice comfortable and socially acceptable suburban block has had more impact on local flora and fauna than the cat population.

Yep, totally agree. But I somehow doubt that Stanhope will ever advocate for the eradiction of urban sprawl and/or feral humans so, I’ll settle for the eradication of wandering cats instead.

Keijidosha 1:43 pm 27 Apr 11

Gungahlin Al, if the cats are on your property you should shoo them away with a large blunt object, propelled with force.

wildturkeycanoe 1:41 pm 27 Apr 11

The only use for feral/free roam cats would be mouse patrol during this epidemic of rodents. Yet, I agree with many here they should be banned or at least restrained from escaping their owner’s yards. I got sick and tired of hearing the caterwauling outside our bedroom window at 1am and finding their filth lying all over our backyard where our kids could catch whatever wonderful worms they carry.
Not to worry though, “Wolfie” now keeps them out, and the mice too!!

madamcholet 1:35 pm 27 Apr 11

I would welcome a push on responsible cat ownership. We have a cat that comes through our puppy door and eats our dogs’ dinner most nights. Sometimes he spends the night in the house and shoots out when the household starts to wake up and move about. It has peered around the doorways to have a look at what we are doing and assess it’s welcomeness. Not being cat people, we are not very welcoming, however we do recognise that its probably not getting what it needs from its actual owners poor bugger.

Our dog is twelve and whilst still very active, he doesn’t want to be bothered by annoying cats any more. Most of the time he doesn’t hear it until it has exited.

Apart from shutting the door, we have no answers as to how to keep the damn thing out. We were recently away for a week and locked the door, but on our first night back, there it was again, helping itself to dinner. Any suggestions welcome. Thinking of trying to catch it and then take it back to the owners the owners if it is tagged with a message to keep it out of our way, or take it to the RSPCA. At least people who get animals from the RSPCA want them and may be more responsible.

Gungahlin Al 1:08 pm 27 Apr 11

While riding home along Well Station Track the other night, I found three local cats there in the grass hunting, all roaming over from the adjacent Harrison houses.

So cat owners cannot tell me their animals don’t have an impact on wildlife.

We have a cat, and it stays inside, with access to a high-walled courtyard only. Peeves me no end the neighbours’ cats that come into our yard at night and end up having fights through the glass with our understandably upset cat.

georgesgenitals 1:06 pm 27 Apr 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Ban pets. It’s the only thing for it really.

That goldfish you thought was dead and so flushed down the toilet when you were a wee kiddie? It’s terrorising the swans on LBG as we speak (type?).

Only if you flushed it in Queanbeyan…

Thumper 1:04 pm 27 Apr 11

Ban pets. It’s the only thing for it really.

FFS, don’t give them ideas!

Thoroughly Smashed 12:45 pm 27 Apr 11

Ban pets. It’s the only thing for it really.

That goldfish you thought was dead and so flushed down the toilet when you were a wee kiddie? It’s terrorising the swans on LBG as we speak (type?).

EvanJames 12:13 pm 27 Apr 11

Holditz said :

Who will speak for drain cat?

Mr Stanhope will no doubt declare the Drain Cats illegal. That’ll learn them.

Holden Caulfield 11:32 am 27 Apr 11

Buzz2600 said :

Given the general ignorance of the impact of cats on native animal populations, whats the point of a random questionnaire? Just get on with the job of eradicating them before there’s no native animals left.

I would have though the affect of human intervention some 50-60 years ago on what is now my nice comfortable and socially acceptable suburban block has had more impact on local flora and fauna than the cat population.

Holditz 11:23 am 27 Apr 11

Who will speak for drain cat?

LSWCHP 11:18 am 27 Apr 11

I shot quite a few cats back in the days when I used to go around shooting things. Best thing for them really. And the same goes for foxes, rabbits, pigs and goats. They’re a terrible plague on the fragile ecosystems in this tired old land.

colourful sydney rac 11:10 am 27 Apr 11

About time. Having lived next to a crazy cat man I would support any moves to regulate cat ownership.

Oh, and *paging Captain RAAF*

Buzz2600 10:42 am 27 Apr 11

Given the general ignorance of the impact of cats on native animal populations, whats the point of a random questionnaire? Just get on with the job of eradicating them before there’s no native animals left.

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