Who are AVA

 For 100 years, AVA have been the voice of veterinary professionals. They have been the voice to government and the public. With 8500 members, they "champion and empower veterinarians by providing a voice to shape animal welfare policy.


A continuously develop and implement strategies to address the issues of animal health and welfare. Veterinary legislation and biosecurity and ethical implications of policies considered by government.

Veterinary science.

Veterinary science is a lifelong endeavour. AVA facilitates education with emerging issues, assisting with continuing professional development (CPD) 

Like-minded minds mingle

AVA offers a social and professional connection on issues that are important to their practice.

AVA is credible

AVA is the peak body to help veterinarians provide up-to-date advice and service. Having established AVA credibility. What do AVA say about your cat?

Owned cats.

AVA quite rightly identifies a home moggie as as a house cat. It is well known that the house cat is Felis catus and became domesticated in Egypt. It has a relative that is known as the African wild cat

Watch the African Wild Cat Hunt, you will recognise that domestic cats display the same hunting style, they are similar in size and will breed with domestic cats. The African Wild cat, is slightly larger

Magnificent, majestic wild cat is at home in the African Savannah. 

In Australia, it is different. There is a lot of anxiety about domestic cats in the Australian bush, watching this video gives us an insight into cat behaviour in the wild. There is a growing acceptance that cat ownership and responsible ownership are really the same thing. There are of course some who will live outside the rules, but generally speaking, owners of companion cats take responsibility for their health, they are vaccinated and wormed, chipped and desexed. 

Many owners are now confining their cats to their property, reducing the roaming cat burden. There are rules, regulations, and laws around companion cats. This is the easiest cat group to control. 

Feral cat scourge

There is of course the feral cat scourge. This is an area that environmental science is tackling head on. There are some strategies in play for different terrains and habitats.

The difficult and complex area is stray, abandoned and unowned cats. This group may have had human interaction, but not necessarily. They typically co-habit with other unowned cats in cities, towns and peri-urban areas. Peri-urban is  a description borrowed from Africa and refers to landscape adjacent to towns.

Well-meaning animal rights activist

Unowned cats access to towns for scavenging and mingling with owned cats that are allowed to roam. Factory cats, cats living around rubbish tips and in colonies maintained by well-meaning animal rights activist who perceive their only responsibility for them is to provide food. This is false of course because these cats live miserable lives.

Mostly unowned cats are not desexed, vaccinated or given parasite control. They serve as vectors for many feline diseases and zoonoses. Zoonoses are  a disease that can be transmitted to humans. Think Covid-19. The original hypothesis was disease from bats. Whilst that debate and investigation has not finished, what remains are the danger diseased animals pose to human health. 

Self-perpetuating and expanding clowder 

As unowned cats congregate together to form colonies,  They  are self-perpetuating and expanding. Unlike feral cats that will avoid humans at all costs. Unowned cats exploit fringe ares of towns and cities and rural areas.

People who feed unowned cats should be encouraged to take full ownership. Simply feeding cats and letting them roam is not responsible. People who feed cats without taking ownership of them are doing a disservice to the cat, the environment, and citizens who have to put up with roaming cats fighting and fouling gardens.  Ownership would include having them desexed and microchipped. 

Candidate for adoption

When they are not prepared to do this, unowned cats should be reported or trapped and handed over to the local government animal management authority or shelter for assessment and care. If the animal is a social animal, it would be a candidate for adoption.  If adoption is not an option, euthanasia is the only solution.