GeoCatch has launched its ‘9 Lives’ short animated video to highlight the dangers posed to roaming cats. The video uses humour to depict the many ways roaming cats can become injured, and the impact they have on local wildlife.
“Injuries in roaming cats are extremely common due to cat fights, road accidents and other causes,” said GeoCatch Project Officer Nicole Lincoln.
“While roaming cats are often a challenging issue in our neighbourhoods, we have created a fun and engaging video to promote a new trend in responsible cat ownership.”
Contrary to popular belief, all cats’ needs can be met inside an enclosed area; ensuring cats are both safe and happy. And their owners are stress-free!
Local artists from Grrinninbear Designs and MaxFoo developed the illustrations for the video, which now has almost 5000 views on social media.
The video is part of the Pets Away, Possums Play campaign, which encourages residents to keep pets inside at night at a minimum so possums feel safe to forage, feed and thrive. Cat owners are encouraged to keep their cats contained day and night because of the impact they have on wildlife, like birds and reptiles, which are active during the day.
GeoCatch has been working with local vets, cat behaviourists, SAFE, Busselton Men’s Shed, Busselton Bunnings, City of Busselton, FAWNA, Katzone and other organisations to build a suite of resources to support cat owners make the transition to keeping their cats safe indoors or in cat enclosures.
For more information visit geocatch.asn.au or check out ‘9 Lives’ on the GeoCatch YouTube Channel.
This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.