In Cairns, cat owners need to ensure their cat stays on their property at all times.
Cats that are kept at home will live longer, on average 12 years, compared to cats that are allowed to roam, which have a life expectancy of just 4 years.
Cats that are allowed to roam can:
- Pick up illnesses such as feline AIDS, parasites and ticks
- Be killed or injured by other animals
- Be hit by cars
- Kill or injure native wildlife
- Become feral
- Be more likely to have unwanted litters
There are many commercial products available for cat owners wanting to keep their cat at home, from fence paddles to cat runs and enclosures. Most pet stores can assist, or look online.
If you, or someone you know, is handy, building your own enclosure may be a cheaper option.
Our How to Build Cat Proof Fencing and Cat Enclosures booklet provides step-by-step instructions for building cat proof fencing and cat enclosures, as well as providing advice on how to enrich your cat's life so they are content staying at home.
You can download the full booklet, or specific factsheets below.
- How to Build Cat Proof Fencing and Cat Enclosures booklet ( PDF, 7.14 MB )
- Cat proof fencing ( PDF, 2.77 MB )
- Cat enclosure attached to an existing structure ( PDF, 2.79 MB )
- Free standing cat enclosure ( PDF, 3.07 MB )
- Enrichment ideas for your cat ( PDF, 2.16 MB )
Council would like to thank the Victorian Department of Primary Industry (now the Department of Agriculture) for allowing us to reproduce this booklet.