New campaign reminding western suburbs cat owners to be more responsible

New campaign reminding western suburbs cat owners to be more responsible

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 following the Cat Act 2011 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.

City of Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said registrations for cats were due on October 31.

“This is an excellent and timely initiative by WESROC and Cat Haven to encourage responsible cat ownership,” he said.