For the Wellbeing of Cats and Native Wildlife

For the Wellbeing of Cats and Native Wildlife

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Ilinca Suciu started this petition to cat owners

I am calling out to all cat owners and to those planning to become one. While cats are wonderful pets, native and local wildlife are at risk with them outside and so are said roaming cats. According to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources each pet cat kills or injures an average of 25 native creatures a year. With the estimated 900,000 domestic cats in Victoria, it means that each year 22.5million native creatures are killed or injured.  
 
All cats, including well fed pets, can kill native wildlife because they hunt on instinct. A research scientist with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, John Seebeck says “If you leave a cat outside at home, uncared for, for even a day, it is potentially capable of attacking native wildlife.” It is extremely important we stop this from happening as not only does it cause damage to our precious native wildlife, but it also hurts our lovely cats. Roaming cats are put in danger by other cats, dogs, and cars. “The fact is, the more time a pet cat spends safe at home, the less risk of injury or death from road accidents, fighting, and disease. A pet cat kept safe at home can live up to four times longer than a cat left to roam.” -Australian Veterinary Association.  
 
Feel reassured that it is not cruel to keep your cat home, several breeds are well suited to a life indoors and desexed cats are happy inside a suitable enclosed area, like a veranda or side yard fenced in with chicken wire. “Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t have a need to roam. On average, all cats sleep up to and sometimes more than 19 hours a day,” Mr Seebeck said. By keeping cats at home your protecting them from harm, and helping our delicate wildlife to thrive.  
 
If you have a new cat and feel your cat would like to experience the outside, they can be taught to walk on a harness if trained from a young age. They will be taking you for a walk rather than the other way, but it is a safe way to experience the outdoors. To meet the needs of your cat play is an important time and should be at least 15 minutes two times a day per cat. It is reassuring for your cat if you can set up a set routine.  
 
And that previous advice was nothing but a taste of the Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife Cat Hacks. Please visit their website to learn more about how to create an indoor space your cat will be able to feel comfortable, happy, and safe in. And please, to keep our native wildlife and cats safe, protected, and happy keep your cat home or supervised outside. Sign this petition and let us spread awareness of this issue!

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