Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the Urban Cat Management Plan 2021 takes a holistic approach to managing domestic cats, including semi-owned and unowned cats and reinforces the importance of responsible pet ownership.
The plan aims to reduce "cat related complaints" in the community about behaviours such as "roaming, soiling, noise and other nuisance behaviour."
The plan outlines five focus areas and provides a set of actions to help deal with the 10,000 to 20,000 unowned or semi owned cats in the Liverpool local government area.
Key elements to the Urban Cat Management Plan include:
- Education about containment and responsible pet ownership.
- Identification and registration.
- Educate the community and improve the welfare of humans and cats.
The plan also outlines a free desexing program targeting the 2168 suburbs of Busby, Ashcroft, Miller, Cartwright, Heckenberg, Sadlier and lobbying state government to combine microchipping/registration.
"Council recognises there are excessive numbers of stray cats and kittens as well as large numbers of owned and unregistered cats. Undesexed cats are responsible for thousands of unwanted litters every year," mayor Waller said.
"Under the NSW Companion Animals Act, cats can roam where they like, except in prohibited areas, which is why pet owners need to be mindful of the welfare of their pet and the impact their pet has on neighbours.
"The Urban Cat Management Plan explores ways council can support pet owners by facilitating desexing programs, offering free microchipping and vaccination events, creating awareness of responsible pet ownership and helping residents take care of their pets."