Code of Practice appendices
Appendix 1: Organisations that can provide further information
|Australian Veterinary Association or your local veterinarian||see Yellow Pages directory|
|Bureau of Animal Welfare||136 186|
|Cat Protection Society of Victoria||(03) 9434 7155|
|Feline Control Council||(03) 9720 8811|
|Governing Council of Cat Fancy||(03) 9752 4217|
|Local councils||see webpage or Yellow Pages|
|Lort Smith Animal Hospital||(03) 9328 3021|
|The Lost Dogs Home||(03) 9329 2755|
|RSPCA (Victoria)||(03) 9224 2222|
|The Cat Authority of Victoria||(03) 5986 1119 or 0417 597 241|
|Victorian Animal Aid Trust||(03) 9725 5608|
Appendix 2: Indicators of cat health status
1. Signs of ill-health are:
- Marked increase in appetite or water consumption
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Unusually dull or lethargic
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Straining to urinate or pass a bowel motion
- Runny or weepy nose or eyes
- Lameness, difficulty standing or walking or a reluctance to move about
- Bleeding that has not stopped in a few minutes
- Swelling of any body part
- Apparent pain or discomfort
- Sneezing or coughing repeatedly
- Difficulty breathing, excessive or prolonged panting
- Patchy or excessive hair loss
- Scratching at or shaking the head repeatedly
- Persistent scratching of body or tail
- Wounds or inflamed areas
- Loss of balance
- Fits or seizures
- Hiding or not wanting to be touched
- Any other physical or behavioural abnormality
2. Signs of a healthy cat are:
- Bright, alert and responsive
- Clean, shiny coat free of bare patches
- Free of wounds, parasites, swelling or lumps
- Healthy appetite, normal weight and "ideal" body condition
- Moving freely and easily when walking or running
- Passes a bowel motion at least once a day but does not have diarrhoea
- Urinating at regular intervals through the day
- Free of abnormal discharges from eyes, nose, mouth or ears
- Not coughing or sneezing excessively
- Free from abnormal odours
Appendix 3: Body Condition Chart – Cats
Veterinary advice must be sought.
Increase feeding and worm cat if not wormed recently (ensure all-wormer used – some products do not cover all worms).
Seek veterinary advice if cat remains underweight or unsure of feeding or worming regime.
Reduce feed intake or provide lower calorie feed. Consider options to increase exercise level of cat.
Seek veterinary advice on diet and exercise regime.
Appendix 4: Cat enclosure standards
- Where cats are permanently kept in an enclosure there must be at least 2 square metres floor space per cat unless otherwise stated by an applicable code of practice under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
- The main section of such an enclosure must be 1.8m high and should contain sleeping quarters, feeding area and provision of a litter tray (away from feeding/watering area).
- Cats may also be multiple housed in colony pens however there must be no more than 8 cats per pen and all cats should be desexed. Entire females can be housed together however entire males must be housed separately from other entire cats of either sex. Every cat that is multiple housed must have an individual raised sleeping area and feed bowl. Enclosures need to incorporate a scratching pole and be designed to provide cats with at least two levels joined by a climbing plank and refuges.