Fe­line good on cam­paign

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

A NEW cam­paign is re­mind­ing west­ern sub­urbs res­i­dents to be re­spon­si­ble cat own­ers.

The cam­paign, Re­spon­si­ble Cat Own­er­ship, is be­ing run in part­ner­ship by the West­ern Sub­urbs Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils and the Cat Haven.

The cam­paign will run un­til March and comes on the back of a report which re­vealed cats were af­fect­ing na­tive wildlife habi­tats in the west­ern sub­urbs.

Un­der the Cat Act 2011 all cats must be mi­crochipped, ster­ilised and reg­is­tered with the coun­cil be­fore they reach six months old.

Cat Haven chief ex­ec­u­tive Roz Robinson said ad­her­ing to the Act would help re­duce feral cat pop­u­la­tions and pro­tect wildlife.

“For max­i­mum health and so­cial ben­e­fits, all kit­tens should be ster­ilised be­fore they reach sex­ual ma­tu­rity, which is usu­ally around three months,” she said.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hip­kins said regis­tra­tions for cats were due on Oc­to­ber 31 and the cam­paign was “an ex­cel­lent and timely ini­tia­tive”.

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