Hutt at Heart

Managing cats in Lower Hutt

In July a report was presented to Council outlining five options on the management of cats. In November we ran a survey to get feedback on the options. This is what we discovered.

📈 3391 completed survey responses were received.

🐈 55% were from cat owners and 45% were from non-cat owners.

🐱 Survey responses were received from all suburbs across Lower Hutt.

😻 99% of the cat owners who participated in the survey have had their cat/cats de-sexed.

🐾 There were 58% who thought a de-sexing bylaw should be introduced, 40% thought a promote and educate approach was best.

📈 76% have had their cat/cats microchipped.

🐈 There were 55% who thought a microchipping bylaw should be introduced, 41% thought a promote and educate approach was best.

🐱 53% thought a promote and educate approach should be adopted to keeping cats indoors/contained at night and 30% thought a bylaw should be introduced.

😻 58% thought a promote and educate approach to having bells or warning devices on cats and 20% thought a bylaw should be introduced.

🐾 57% thought a bylaw should be introduced to limit the number of cats per property and 28% thought a promote and educate approach was best.

📈 The survey asked if there were any further comments the community would like to make regarding cats in Lower Hutt.  137 people noted the management of feral/stray cat populations.

A full report will be prepared and presented to Council in 2020 outlining the results of the survey and next steps.

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