Owning a cat comes with responsibilities and you have a legal responsibility to microchip your cat, provide adequate housing and ensure your cat is not a nuisance to the community. Your cat must also be contained to your property at all times and fines can apply if your cat is caught or photographed off your property. Cat owners’ obligations are prescribed under the Local Laws 2019 and Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.
In our region cats must be microchipped before they reach 12 weeks old, and if they are being sold or given away. A microchip will make it easy for us to reunite you with your cat if you become separated. Ensure your contact details are up-to-date with the microchip company.
Desexing your cat not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, it also helps protect your cat from certain illnesses and makes them less likely to be injured or killed while roaming. Cats that wander, are abandoned, or ‘go wild’ become indiscriminate killers and severely impact wildlife.
What to do if you are experiencing problems with cats
Identify who owns the cat and discuss your concerns directly with the owner. In most cases this works extremely well. If you cannot get a resolution with a direct approach or you are unaware of who owns the cat, a solution may be to trap the cat and take it to Council. All trapped cats need to be treated humanely.
If your neighbour is unapproachable, or does not agree that a problem exists, you should contact Council for further advice.