Support for cat curfew

Cat Curfew Proposal Congratulations to Clr Anthony Mayne for proposing a cat curfew and opening up discussion about ways to protect wildlife. RSPCA Eurobodalla supports the concept of containing cats within property boundaries at all times. Contained cats are less likely to become lost or injured (hit by a car or attacked by a dog). They are also less likely to get into cat fights or catch diseases. Containment also increases the opportunity for owner-pet interaction and reduces the impact of hunting by cats. Where cats are contained, steps must be taken by owners to ensure that adequate exercise and environmental enrichment are provided. The use of specialised backyard fences whose tops rotate inwardly can be a great way to give cats safe access to the outdoors. Contained cats should also be provided with plenty of safe toys, and lots of horizontal and vertical climbing space, as well as hiding areas. And nothing beats playing with your cat, and giving them lots of attention. If cat containment is not possible or practicable, RSPCA supports the use of cat bibs to minimise hunting behaviour by cats. We applaud the initiative of Eurobodalla Shire Council to promote the use of cat bibs to protect our precious wildlife Louise Webb, President, RSPCA Eurobodalla

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