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Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife

27 February 2018

Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria are joining forces on a campaign aimed at protecting wildlife and keeping cats safe and happy.

The Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign provides owners with the advice and support to keep their cat in the home environment, which is better for cats and better for local wildlife.

The hazards of the world outside pose many threats to cats, including road trauma, disease and cat or dog fights.

Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria are aiming to help cat owners provide a safe and fun space for their cat to thrive at home with expert advice. Both organisations believe that a cat’s needs, including exercise, enrichment, rest, healthy diet and companionship, can be readily provided indoors or within secure outdoor enclosures.

While cats make fantastic pets, they are also skilled hunters, with recent expert estimates stating that pet cats kill 77.6 million birds alone each year in Australia. With 46% of Australia’s threatened species found in cities and towns, roaming cats can have a serious impact on the native wildlife struggling to survive in our own backyards.

Everyone that joins the Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife community will be provided with expert articles, blogs and simple, low-cost ideas to create fun spaces at home that their cats will simply love.

“We believe that keeping cats at home is in the best interest of the cats, and of native wildlife,” Dr Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria said at this morning’s campaign launch.

“When your cat is kept safe at home, our beautiful and unique wildlife is more likely to visit your backyard.”

RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said the bond between cats and humans is an important one.

“Domestic cats have been bringing joy and companionship to humans for thousands of years and they also play an important role in fostering positive attitudes and compassion towards all animals,” Dr Walker said. “A safe and happy cat means safe and happy wildlife.”

For further information about the Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign, please visit safecat.org.au