Liverpool Council has a message to all 'cat purrents': be a responsible cat owner.
Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said microchipping, desexing, registering and containing pets to the owner's property were all part of being a responsible cat owner.
According to data from 2005-2021, 14,759 cats have been microchipped in Liverpool, but less than a third (4868) of these pets are registered. Only 21 per cent of cats in the LGA have been desexed.
"We understand how special it is to be a 'purrent' and know that our residents want their cats to enjoy a long and enriched life. Registration and microchipping are important as it allows council to identify lost cats and reunite them with their owner," said mayor Waller said, who added council provides information, access to free microchipping and subsidised desexing programs to help residents.
"If you have moved, changed your phone number, or rehomed a cat, remember to update your pet's details. You can access your pet's microchip information and self-manage the details directly online at petregistry.nsw.gov.au.
"Being a responsible pet owner protects your pet, our local environment and the community."
Ms Waller said desexed cats can help prevent unwanted litters, reduce the risk of mammary cancers and uterine infections and the likelihood of a cat roaming.
"It's essential that all cat owners remember to keep their feline friends contained to their property. It will help prevent unwanted litters, reduce the risk of them hunting native wildlife, cat fights and the spread of diseases," she said.
"Essentially it keeps them out of harms way and avoids other injuries like being hit by a car."
- For more information on council's free microchipping service or assistance to access the desexing subsidy program and lifetime registration, contact Liverpool Council on 1300 362 170 or email LASprograms@liverpool.nsw.gov.au.