Council urges residents to be perfect parents to their feline friends
Liverpool City Council is calling on all cat owners to ensure they tick the boxes for responsible cat ownership, including microchipping, deexing and confining all four-legged animals on owner’s property.
According to data from 2005-2021, 14,759 cats were microchipped in Liverpool. However, less than a third (4,868) of these pets are registered, indicating that only 32 percent of local government area (LGA) residents tick all of the boxes for responsible cat ownership.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the council continued to provide information, access to free microchip and subsidized de-extinguishing programs to help residents give their cats the best possible chance at a safe life and happy.
“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. The registration and the microchip are important because they allow the Council to identify lost cats and reunite them with their owners, ”said Mayor Waller.
Microchip your cat is a safe procedure where, by a licensed veterinary service, a small microchip – the size of a grain of rice – is inserted under the skin on the back of a cat’s neck. The unique microchip number is linked to the NSW Pet Registry with details about the animal and its owner. So when the chip is scanned, the owner can be identified.
“If you’ve moved, changed your phone number, or relocated a cat, don’t forget to update your pet’s contact details. You can access your pet’s microchip information and manage the details yourself directly online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au, ”Mayor Waller added.
Alarmingly, only 21% of LGA cats have been deexed, noting that kittens can reach puberty as young as four months old and have up to three litters per year. Deexting before puberty or at an early age (before 16 weeks) is recommended by the NSW RSPCA, the NSW Animal Welfare League and the NSW Cat Protection Society.
Deexting cats can help prevent unwanted litters, reduce the risk of breast cancer and uterine infections, aggressive behavior and most importantly the likelihood of a cat wandering, reducing the risk of getting lost or injured. .
“It is essential that all cat owners remember to keep their feline friends confined to their property. This will help prevent unwanted litters, reduce the risk of native wildlife hunting, cat fights, and the spread of disease. Essentially, it keeps them out of harm’s way and prevents other injuries like being hit by a car, ”said Mayor Waller.
“Being a responsible animal owner protects your animal, our local environment and the community,” concluded Mayor Waller.