Featured artist: Shannon Crees

Cats and the environment

Featured artist: Shannon Crees
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Cats and the environment

Owning a cat can have positive physical, psychological health benefits. Cats make ideal pets as they are generally independent, quiet, clean and do not require a lot of training. However, cats can have a negative effect on our environment if a responsible person does not control them.

Wildlife

The original native plant and animal communities within the Marrickville LGA have been extensively modified as a result on human development, and this has impacted on native animals and their habitat.

Although the area around Marrickville is urban, it still contains over 80 species of native animals (birds, reptiles, frogs, mammals and fish) including an endangered population of long-nosed bandicoots.

Marrickville Council is working to protect and enhance our native biodiversity as much as possible by restoring habitats, particularly in local parks and reserves.

All cats are natural hunters regardless of being owned or unowned, hungry or fed regularly. Cats are opportunistic hunters – stalking and preying on many species of native wildlife and other small animals. Cats were recorded in all of the 10 areas surveyed during the Marrickville 2007 Fauna Study.

Problem:

  • Cats may stalk, prey and kill many species of native wildlife and other small animals
  • Cat may spread diseases to native animals through bites and scratches

Solution:

  • Keep your cat indoors, especially at night when most native animals are active
  • Place a collar on your cat with 2 bells attached to alert wildlife
  • Consider an outdoor enclosure to contain your cat

Be a responsible cat owner and take care of our environment.