Vets worry over feral cat issue
Registration removal problematic
THE removal of state and local government cat registration laws could amplify feral cat problems in the area.
Until this year, cat owners were required to pay $100 to register their animals, falling to $80 if the cat was micro-chipped and $20 if it was micro-chipped and desexed.
But changes to State Government legislation a year ago, which previously forced councils to charge residents registration fees, has seen North Burnett Regional Council remove the charge in this year’s budget, although dogs must still be registered in urban areas.
“Desexing of cats is really important to stop feral cat problems, so I definitely think there should be an incentive,” Monto vet Stacey Rae said.
“Lots of towns have more of a feral cat problem then a feral dog problem; it’s so much easier for cats to go around yard to yard.”
Queensland RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said a few councils in Queensland had done away with cat registrations after the changes.
“We wish councils weren’t putting it in the too-hard basket, because even though it is hard to police cat registers, these incentives are important to get cats and dogs desexed and micro-chipped,” he said.
The issue is causing so many problems the RSPCA has kick-started Operation-Wanted, where vets offer 25% off desexing and micro-chipping costs for cats and dogs.
But while North Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt said there was a feral cat problem in the North Burnett, he said linking that to registration was a simplistic approach.