To reduce the number of feral and stray cats in urban areas, Central Highlands Regional Council is now offering a cat trapping service.
As part of the service, people that notice feral or stray cats around their homes can hire a trap from council to catch the animal.
Mayor Kerry Hayes said the traps are a safe and humane method to manage the increasing number of feral and stray cats.
‘Feral and stray cats prey on native wildlife and can spread diseases that affect humans, pets and livestock,’ he said.
‘Trapping is the safer option rather than chasing an catching an animal and not having to handle the animal makes it easier for all concerned.
‘Our rangers provide instructions on how and where to set a trap and will collect the trapped animal.
‘It’s important that cat owners are responsible and ensure their cats are contained on their property to avoid being trapped.
‘Cats should also be microchipped, so they can be identified and returned to their owners if caught.’
Cats that have been trapped will be advertised on council’s website if they’re safe to handle. If an owner can be identified, the cat will be held in the pound for five days to be collected. If no owner can be identified the cat will remain in the pound for three days before being assessed for rehoming. Cats that are not safe to handle will be euthanised.
To hire a trap, call ranger services on 1300 686 242. For more information, click here.