Managing nuisance cats
All cats are to be kept secured within the owners' premises at all times in accordance with Section 25 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
The owners of nuisance cats will be provided with a compliance order and potentially a fine.
Report a nuisance cat
If you know where the cat comes from, have a chat with the cat's owner. The owner may not be aware their cat is being a nuisance, and this gives them the opportunity to contain the animal to their property.
If the cat continues to cause a nuisance please report the problem using our Animal service request form.
What happens when you report a nuisance cat?
When making a complaint regarding a nuisance cat:
- You will be asked to give your name, address and phone number. These personal details are for our records only so we can contact you to keep you up to date with the matter.
- A Compliance Services Officer will then action the complaint and contact you to advise you of the outcome.
- Once a cat has been trapped, a Compliance Services officer will come and collect the cat between 8.30am and 4pm on a weekday (business hours) only.
- Where possible the officer will return the cat to its rightful owner. If this is not possible the cat will be taken to the pound.
What to do if your cat has gone missing
For info go to the Missing dogs and cats web page
If a feral cat is a nuisance you may consider hiring a cat trap.
We have cat traps available for hire to help eradicate feral cats from our environment. When setting up a cat trap use strong scented foods such as tinned cat food, tuna or sardines.
Once caught in a trap, an officer will collect the cat and take it to the local veterinary clinic to be assessed. Once it has been confirmed that the cat is feral, it is then humanely euthanised at Council's expense.