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By day, treasured feline Skye is a sometimes cuddly, sometimes aloof companion always willing to assist with hanging out the washing.

By night she transforms into a fearsome rat hunter but also a formidable street fighter.

So her owner, Murwillumbah resident Chris Peate tries to keep his cat inside at night, after adopting her from the RSPCA a few years ago.

Fellow Murwillumbah resident Edna Gorton admits her cat Tiger has the run of the house, with plenty of toys to play with, cardboard boxes to sleep in and newspapers to rip up. Edna says she keeps her rescue cat inside at all times to ensure she is safe from the busy road near their house.

‘I wouldn’t know what to do without her. She is such great company and is always waiting at the door to greet me when I come home from work,’ Edna said.

Edna and Chris are two of the many Tweed residents who have responded to Council’s Love Cats Love Wildlife community survey, which has been extended to 27 November to allow more people to provide their input.

The survey, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, is the second in a series of questionnaires by Council to help shape future animal welfare education programs for the Tweed community.

It is open to all Tweed residents, not just cat owners, and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The survey can be completed online by visiting Hot Topics on Tweed Shire Council’s website. Printed copies are available at council offices, Tweed libraries and some veterinary surgeries.

Residents who complete the survey and provide their name and contact details will go into a draw for a $25 gift voucher.

Participants can also learn about the Tweed’s ‘citizen science’ Cat Tracker project starting early next year.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. cats kill millions of birds and other native species every year. To say ‘my cat doesn’t harm wildlife ‘ is bollocks. They are high end predators and should be kept in cages if you have to have one, and never let out. I don’t care if you keep it inside at night. What does it do during the daylight hours when it is outside?
    For christs sake, cats hunt at all hours. You can’t love wildlife and have a cat. Get rid of it and get a dog if you must have a pet. Truth: cats don’t like people, they use them. If you think your cat loves , you forget it. You are only a meal ticket until it can do what comes naturally and go out and kill wildlife. Have it put down humainly

  2. The cat haters of the world are unaware that humans are the main cause of cats becoming feral. They dump them or leave them in rental housing when they move. This irresponsible action causes the problem of feral cats. These cats do not deserve to be blamed for trying to survive.
    The solution to the problem is not hating them and blaming them for every problem that exists. The powers that be must stop backyard breading of cats, and dogs for that matter, unless they are licensed breeders so that litters are not given away free to anyone who wants a cute fluffy moving toy for their spoilt children to play with. And also stop selling puppies and kitten in toy shops at the childs eye level. A pet is for life not just for Christmas. These solutions would lessen the dumping of cats by ignorant irresponsible PEOPLE. Please read this study:

    Domestic dogs are a bigger problem than cats for our native wildlife

    Dogs and motor vehicles cause many wildlife to be maimed or killed.

    A recent study by a University of Tasmania Masters student has found that dogs may be a more serious problem than cats for native wildlife in some circumstances.

    Mr Holderness-Roddam’s Master’s thesis analysed the records of native wildlife presenting for care through veterinary practices and the Resource Management and Conservation Division of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) for cause of death and injury.

    “The results were quite clear cut”, said Mr Holderness-Roddam. “Whilst the overwhelming number of wildlife injuries and deaths were attributed to motor vehicles (1,256), the next highest cause of injuries and death was recorded for dogs (238), with cats at 152.”

    “This should not be seen as a ‘get out of jail card’ for cats though”, said Mr Holderness-Roddam. “They still account for a considerable amount of wildlife mortality, and they spread a nasty disease called toxoplasmosis which kills bandicoots.”

    A second set of records, provided by the Australian Wildlife Health Centre – Wildlife Hospital at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria supported the Tasmanian findings. In that case dogs were reported as being responsible for 115 attacks on native wildlife and cats 79 attacks.

    The types of areas where native wildlife is most likely to be at risk from domestic dogs are the urban and suburban bushland reserves, such as the Poimena Reserve in Austins Ferry and beaches when shorebirds are breeding or preparing for migration.

    “Unfortunately many dog owners ignore the requirement to keep their dogs on leash. I frequently see dogs such as Jack Russell terriers being allowed to hunt through the bush by thoughtless owners.”

    “The land managers for these areas, particularly local councils, need to take a stronger line with dog owners who choose to ignore the leash requirements. They also need to install more informative signs and provide fenced dog exercise areas with doggy gym equipment, water and poo bags”, said Mr Holderness-Roddam.

    A full copy of the thesis is available at: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/12310/

    I think that it would be better to show all sides of this problem instead of creating cat haters to feel they can catch all cats, including pets, and kill them which I know one person who does just that.

    I have been a responsible cat owner all my life and I feed my cat fresh meat, and not that disgusting tinned slop, so that they do not have the need to kill anything.

    Please show two sides of any discussion so you don’t create vigilantes. Because of show like yours I do not tell people I have a cat for fear of hateful comments thrown at me.

    This link below shows many studies proving they are not the killers the media leads us to believe:
    http://www.happypawsgrafton.com.au/articles/cat-myths

    So please try to see both sides of every story and not be so vindictive against one!

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