are present throughout Tasmania, as domestic pets, free-living strays, and as
feral animals. As pets, cats are wonderful companion animals and have a range
of health benefits for their owners.
predators, cats are very efficient hunters of Tasmania’s native wildlife.
The Tasmanian Government promotes responsible cat ownership and the Cat Management Act 2009
and the Cat Management Regulations 2012
provide support for the community in managing the health, welfare and impacts of cats.
Under the Act
only registered breeders are permitted to breed cats. Cats sold or given away must be more than eight weeks old, desexed and microchipped. The Act
also introduces powers to trap, seize or destroy stray and feral cats in certain circumstances and gives land owners and managers the statutory power to control cats found on their land.
Over many years, a feral cat population has become established in Tasmania. DPIPWE is responsible for coordinating efforts to better understand and reduce these impacts. A statewide plan is being developed to support these efforts. As part of this, the Invasive Species Branch is consulting with key industry and community groups.