Australian Towns Are Adopting Cat Curfews

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Cat owners in Australia are finding it more challenging to let cats enjoy the outdoors. 

More and more towns are putting feline curfews into effect to protect bilbies, numbats, and other creatures. The curfews are generally between 8 pm and 7 am and lawbreakers are fined.

The rules are making cat lovers turn their yards into cat pens or catios.

No matter how you slice it, the ideas are pricey. But why the curfews? Every year feral cats kill billions of mammals, birds and other creatures in Australia and pets also rack up high kill rates.

The RSPCA notes that keeping cats at home gives them better odds of a long life as long as they’re active.

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