Local cat owners are distressed after many cats have disappeared without trace from some areas across the state.

A number of cherished pets have vanished over recent weeks from Dover and George Town.

According to Jan Davis, RSCPA CEO, “It is heartbreaking for people when the pets they love like members of their family go missing and it would be natural for cat-owners to feel worried.”

“What is happening to these cats has yet to be established, but police are aware of the situation. We urge anyone who has any information about what may be happening to come forward,” Ms Davis said.

Ms Davis said that while many people consider their cats to be family members, others see cats in the community as an environmental issue and can take matters into their own hands. This can cause rifts in communities and make it difficult for the police or RSPCA investigators to ensure offenders are dealt with.

All cats should be microchipped so that they can be returned to their owners as quickly as possible if they do get lost. And owners need to make sure that microchipping details are kept up to date. In male cats, neutering can reduce the tendency for them to roam too.

Keeping your cats indoors also ensures their safety.

The amendments to the Cat Management Act currently before Parliament don’t include confinement, but situations like this reinforce how important it is to ensure your furry feline friend does not stray from home.

The RSPCA also advises owners looking for lost cats to have a plan as to what they will do if their cat goes missing. Acting quickly will increase the chances of being reunited with their pets.

You can find out more about what to do if your cat goes missing here:

https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-should-i-do-if-my-cat-is-missing/

 

 

Media Contact
Jan Davis, CEO – RSPCA Tasmania
Email: jdavis@rspcatas.org.au
Mobile: 0409 004 228