Cat Survey Results
In April 2017, Council conducted a survey regarding the the community's knowledge of cats, cat ownership, and the effect of cats on wildlife. This was part of the 'Roaming Cat Prevention Project', together with a community awareness campaign.
The survey was conducted prior to the beginning of the awareness campaign. The survey recieved 358 responses in three weeks, uncovered an interesting set of knowledge and opinions in Alice Springs' community. Key findings from the report included:
- Only 16% of respondents were aware of the need to keep cats within the home boundary at night
- Only 11% of respondents were aware of the need to keep cats within the home boundary during the day
- 88% of respondents cared about the issue of predation by cats on native wildlife
- 95% of respondents have had someone else’s cat enter their yard
- 37% of respondents allow their cats to roam (but even more people responded to the subsequent question about how far their cats roam)
Cat owners in Alice Springs are legally required to:
- Register their cat with Alice Springs Town Council
- Keep their cat within the property boundaries at all hours, during both day and night
Desexing is not mandatory, but is encouraged, and entitles you to discounted registration fees.