Cat Management in Tasmania

Cats 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.

As 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.

In this Topic

  • Draft Tasmanian Cat Management Plan
    The purpose of this Draft Tasmanian Cat Management Plan is to suggest ways to improve the management of feral and domestic cats in Tasmania, and reduce the negative impacts they have on the environment, agriculture and human health.
  • Information for Cat Owners
    Responsible cat ownership goes beyond just caring for and feeding your cat.
  • Breeding and Selling Cats
    The responsibilities of cat breeders under the Cat Management Act.
  • Councils and Cat Management Facilities
    The Cat Management Act establishes cat management facilities as a key community resource to manage unwanted and stray cats.
  • Controlling Stray and Feral Cats
    Feral cats have a range of impacts on Tasmania's environment and agriculture. Managing these impacts is a community responsibility.
  • Cats and Wildlife
    Simple ways for cat owners to better care for the health and welfare of pet cats and Tasmania's native wildlife
  • Tasmanian Cat Management Reference Group
    The Reference Group has the task of providing advice to the Minister on ways to achieve better cat management in Tasmania. This includes issues related to domestic and feral cats, roles and responsibilities and identifying the necessary resources (public and private) to achieve effective outcomes. The advice is to be provided to the Minister in the form of a Tasmanian Cat Management Plan.


Invasive Species Enquiries
Invasive Species Branch
165 Westbury Road
Phone: 03 6777 2200
Fax: 03 6336 5453