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Caring for your cat

Whether you own a cat or are thinking about getting a cat, it is important to keep your cat happy and safe

One of the best ways you can ensure your cat's safety is by keeping them indoors, this keeps your cat away from potential dangers such as cars, fights with other cats and disease.

Cats that are kept indoors can live up to four times as long as those allowed to roam freely.

Keeping your cat indoors will also help to protect our precious native wildlife. A study by the University of Sydney shows that roaming pet cats kill up to 390 million animals per year.

According to the same study, roaming pet cats kill 30 – 50 times more animals per square kilometre around town than feral cats do in the bush. 

There are several diseases that a roaming cat can contract, which can be spread to humans. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Toxoplasma gondii 
  • Bartonella henselae. 

For more information on these diseases and how they can be spread to humans, please see the cat dependent disease findings factsheet.

Cat care and enrichment

RSPCA cat website 

Safe cats website

Cat containment companies in Australia

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