RSPCA NSW Keeping Cats Safe at Home

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Blue Mountains City Council has been selected as one of ten Councils to join RSPCA NSW ‘Keeping Cats Safe at Home’ project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

The four year project encourages cat owners to keep their cats safely contained at home to enhance feline welfare and reduce the impacts that cats have on wildlife.

Blue Mountains City Council has been selected as one of ten Councils to join RSPCA NSW ‘Keeping Cats Safe at Home’ project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

The four year project encourages cat owners to keep their cats safely contained at home to enhance feline welfare and reduce the impacts that cats have on wildlife.

  • Keeping Your Cat Safely Contained at Home

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    There are many practical steps you can take to keep your cat safe and reduce impacts on wildlife

    Containing your cat means completely preventing them roaming from your property at any time, day or night. This can be achieved by keeping your cat indoors, or a combination of indoors and having a secure outdoor enclosure, or cat-proof fencing around an outdoor area. By keeping your cat safe at home you:

    • Reduce the risk of them getting sick, being hurt or getting run over
    • Give them a better chance to enjoy a longer and healthier life
    • Minimise the risk they will harm or kill other animals
    • Enjoy more quality time together
    • Reduce the risk they will stray and be lost, be stolen or be impounded by Council
    • Avoid problems with your neighbours

    Learn more about how to keep your cat safe at home here.

  • About the Project

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    The project will be delivered by RSPCA NSW with support from Council, and will provide up to $90,000 in incentives for cat owners and may include free or subsidised desexing, cat enclosures and behaviour enrichment advice.

    It will include a tailored behaviour change strategy, which will be developed based on extensive consultation with stakeholders, especially cat owners. Project activities and incentives will be informed by community consultation and might include:

    • A social marketing campaign using traditional and social media.
    • Education visits for local schools.
    • Community engagement events for cat owners such as Safe, Happy Cat Days.
    • Up to $90,000 in incentives for cat owners such as free or subsidised de-sexing, cat enclosures or modified fencing, and behaviour and enrichment advice for keeping cats happy at home.
    • Other engagement initiatives such as GPS cat-tracker collars to allow local cat owners to understand the movement of their cat.


    The project will run from 2021-2025 and has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

    RSPCA NSW is a community-based, not-for-profit, animal welfare charity that protects, cares for, treats and rehomes animals across New South Wales. www.rspcansw.org.au

  • How to Get Involved

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    Consultation with stakeholders is currently underway and Blue Mountains residents are encouraged to submit their views on cat management via this survey link. Consultation closes 31 October 2021.

    Project activities will begin from March 2022.

Page last updated: 23 September 2021, 09:44