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Cat Management

Council is not directly involved in the management of cats but we do encourage and support responsible ownership of cats.

The management of cats in Tasmania is guided by the controls set out in the Cat Management Act 2009.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment have responsibility for overseeing the Cat Management Act 2009.

A good guide to cat management in Tasmania, and information for cat owners and the general community can be found at:

A quick guide

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment encourages responsible cat owners to desex and microchip their cats to help better manage the negative effects of cats on the environment and agriculture.

If you are giving away or selling a cat then you must ensure the cat is:

  • at least eight weeks of age
  • wormed, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed.

Only sales of genuine show cats and between registered breeders will be exempt. 

What happens if a cat comes onto my property?

 The owner of private land, or people working on their behalf, may trap, seize or humanely destroy a cat found:

  • on rural land used for primary production relating to livestock, or
  • on any land further than one km from any residence

Where a cat is trapped or otherwise seized, the cat should be transferred as soon as practicable to a cat management facility.

The closest cat management facilities for Meander Valley residents are:

RSPCA Launceston
63 Remount Rd,
Mowbray 7248
Ph 6332 8282

RSPCA Devonport
108 Tarleton Rd,
Spreyton 7310
Ph 6427 2566

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