A recent report from the Australian Companion Animal Council shows that dog and cat ownership is down across Australia in the past decade, with dog population decreasing by at least 14% and cat population dropping by about 10%. It blames high-density living, decline in the rate of home ownership, changing lifestyles and government legislation for this depressing trend. It states that “the costs associated with maintaining pets, difficulty in finding care during holidays, time constraints and moving to rented accommodation, particularly apartments, were the most common reasons why people no longer included animals in their households.”
In Australia, many apartment strata laws exclude the keeping of furries. With rental situation being tight in the cities, landlords are also excluding applicants with furries for houses and town houses.
The laws and regulations around pet ownership need to be changed and the public needs to be educated about finding and looking after the right pet because having the companionship of a pet is one of the most enjoyable life experiences, as we all know.
Adopt cats, you won't regret it!!!