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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.

๐Ÿ“ˆ 3391 completed survey responses were received.

๐Ÿˆ 55% were from cat owners and 45% were from non-cat owners.

๐Ÿฑ Survey responses were received from all suburbs across Lower Hutt.

๐Ÿ˜ป 99% of the cat owners who participated in the survey have had their cat/cats de-sexed.

๐Ÿพ There were 58% who thought a de-sexing bylaw should be introduced, 40% thought a promote and educate approach was best.

๐Ÿ“ˆ 76% have had their cat/cats microchipped.

๐Ÿˆ There were 55% who thought a microchipping bylaw should be introduced, 41% thought a promote and educate approach was best.

๐Ÿฑย 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.

๐Ÿ˜ป 58% thought a promote and educate approach to having bells or warning devices on cats and 20% thought a bylaw should be introduced.

๐Ÿพ 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.

๐Ÿ“ˆ The survey asked if there were any further comments the community would like to make regarding cats in Lower Hutt.ย  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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