Keeping cats safe: new video for renters

Are you renting and not sure how to keep your beloved feline contained when Council’s new cat confinement rules come into place later this year?

As part of our commitment to helping residents transition to the new requirements, the City of Whittlesea has developed a Do It Yourself (DIY) video especially for renters.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said Council understood requiring owners to keep their cats on their property was a big change for many people.

“We wanted to make sure we provided as much support and information as possible so people could feel empowered to make the change,” she said.

“Keeping cats contained to your property will not only help keep them safe but will protect wildlife and be consistent with rules for dogs.”

The video for renters is the first of a suite of videos to support residents who own cats.

Future videos will cover DIY enclosures for homeowners, supporting people who live in a unit and information on professional cat enclosures that can be purchased and installed.

From 1 August 2023, cats will be required to be confined to their owners’ property at all times.

Other supports to cat owners include:

  • subsidised cat desexing program until June 2023
  • a suite of support materials available on Council’s website, including how to build cat proof fencing and enclosures
  • free do-it-yourself cat enclosure workshops
  • a Pet Expo at the upcoming Community Festival on 19 March.

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