The City of Hobart encourages responsible cat ownership. Cats are wonderful companions, but they are natural hunters and can kill birds, reptiles and small mammals.

If you are thinking about getting a cat, please remember to do the following:

  • have your cat microchipped and give it a collar with your name and contact details on it, in case it gets lost

  • desex your cat to help reduce the stray animal population and make your cat less likely to roam far from your home

  • ensure that your cat's vaccinations are up to date

  • put a bell on your cat’s collar to help warn native animals of an attack

  • keep your cat indoors at night to make sure it is safe and so are the native animals in the area. Native marsupials in particular feed mostly in the evening and at night. 

You can find information on the legislation relating to owning, breeding and controlling cats on the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Cat Management page. 

For expert advice and useful resources on how to keep your cat safe, healthy and happy, visit the TassieCat website. TassieCat is a state-wide initiative of the Tasmanian Cat Management Project to encourage responsible cat ownership in the Tasmanian community. 

Dealing with stray/feral cats

If you catch a stray cat, please return it to the owner if there is clear identification on the cat or take it to the Hobart Cat Centre.