Grounded: Australia to Give Cats a 24-Hour Curfew
07/29/2015 AT 03:45 PM EDT
According to The Independent, the country wants owners to keep their felines inside 24 hours a day, turning outdoor cats into full-time locked-down pets.
This new rule comes from Gregory Andrews, Australia's first threatened-species commissioner, in an effort to protect small endangered animals that are often the victims of cat attacks.
Andrews hopes all citizens, cat lovers included, will embrace the new proposed rule and work to keep domestic kitties inside and away from threatened species.
Australia is currently dealing with a feline overpopulation problem, with a growing number of feral and outdoor cats tinkering with the ecosystem. Government officials from the country have also considered enacting a controversial "cat cull" to handle the issue, which would allow the country to legally kill 2 million felines.