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Several states in Australia will be moving to put a ban on cats wandering in public places. The reason? They are proving to be a threat to smaller native species of animals that live there.

It is estimated that cats are responsible for 180 native animal attacks and that they cause a reported 450 native animals to be taken to local animal hospitals

Many people agree with the precautionary measure for native species that are often hunted by cats. However, some say that the real issue isn’t with pet cats but with strays and loosely owned cats. 

Certain parts of Australia have already banned cats in certain areas or placed a cat curfew where owners must take their cats home by a certain time. Other areas have enforced the rules that cats must be kept indoors or on their owner’s property.

Cat owners who do not uphold these rules could experience severe fines. Most areas of Australia plan to put these cat bans and cat curfews in place in mid-2022.

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