Cats in the community
The Good Neighbour Project
Cats have been companions to people for some 10,000 years, supporting the development of human settlement and agriculture through their effective protection of grain stores from rodents.
The unique bond between human and feline continues to evolve, and now for many of us the humble moggy is a buffer against the stress and strain of modern life, providing companionship, relaxation and purposeful caring.
Pets are a vital part of our human ecology but pet ownership requires consideration of other ecologies.
The Good Neighbour Project is designed to support cat owners to provide the best feline welfare and wellbeing outcomes for their cats at the same time as minimising the impact of cat ownership on the local community.
Resources for cat owners are available on our Cat Protection website here and include:
- Choosing the right kitten or cat
- Happy, healthy indoor cats
- Reducing wandering
- Introducing curfews
- Balcony safety
- Harness and lead training
- Cat-proof fencing and enclosures
- Pet agreement for strata and rental
- Early-age desexing – health and welfare benefits
Click on the links below to view videos on Good Neighbour topics. Please note all these videos feature an Auslan interpreter.
- Behaviour and environmental enrichment – Toileting
- Behaviour and environmental enrichment – Scratching
- Behaviour and environmental enrichment for indoor cats
- Veterinary issues – Diet
- Veterinary issues – General feline health and care
- Veterinary Issues – Early-age desexing
- Wildlife matters – Part 1
- Wildlife matters – Part 2
If you would like to support The Good Neighbour Project in your local community, please feel free to download and use these resources. Click here for DIY community awareness ideas and here for more useful contacts.
If you would like Cat Protection to speak at a local event you are organising, please phone us on 02 9519 7201 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist.
Cat welfare survey
On behalf of the Cat Protection Society of NSW, Ipsos conducted an online survey of 519 men and women aged 18+ years, living in New South Wales. The research was conducted between 16th and 19th May, 2017. The sample comprised of 363 cat owners (who collectively own a total of 554 cats) and 156 non-cat owners.
The research found that while the majority of cat owners in NSW are responsible (89% of cats are desexed, 78% are vaccinated and 73% are registered) there is still scope to significantly improve feline welfare.
The survey compared the likelihood of desexing cats before and after health messages about early-age desexing were provided. It found that providing information about the health benefits of early-age desexing (between 8 and 16 weeks) could increase the rate of cat desexing by up to 11%.
To download the full report, click here.
To download the 2018 report, click here.
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