Whether cats are owned, semi-owned or stray and feral, they can cause problems by roaming onto neighbours’ properties, attacking other cats, harming wildlife, yowling loudly, defecating in gardens and children’s sand pits or spraying to mark territory.
Residents are entitled to enjoy their garden without cats roaming onto the property.
Residents who have concerns about a cat’s nuisance behaviour should first try approaching the cat’s owner in an amicable manner. The owner may not be aware of the cat’s behaviour and will then be in a position to address concerns.
Cats are not permitted on private property without permission, or to cause a nuisance.
If your cat is found wandering off your property and is not identified it can be seized and impounded. You may have to pay a fine when reclaiming your cat from the Council pound.
If your cat (even if it has identification) wanders onto another person's property more than once, it may be seized and impounded. The occupier has the right to contain a cat and hand it to Council.
Council may issue an order to you to stop your cat trespassing and if you don't comply you may be fined. For information on how to care for your cat and to minimise it being a nuisance, visit:
If your cat is caught and taken to the Council pound, you will be contacted using information from your cat's registration tag or microchip. Your cat can be collected after paying a release fee and you may receive a fine.
If the cat is not micro-chipped the cat will be left for the pound to re-home.
Taking Further Action
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, residents of a property can trap or seize a cat if it has roamed onto their property more than once without permission.
Residents may request a cat trap from Council for a two week period which may be extended if necessary.
For Council to take enforcement action against a cat that is continually trespassing, and if the owner cannot be identified, the cat will need to be trapped and given to Council on more than one occasion.
Once it has been established that the same cat is re-offending, Council can issue a notice to the cat owner objecting to the presence of that cat being on the property.
Residents do need to know that if a notice of objection is issued their address will be made known to the cat owner.
If, after the owner receives a notice of objection, the cat continues to cause a nuisance and continues to enter the property, Council can issue fine/s to the cat owner and may impound the cat. A signed statement or witnessed Statutory Declaration may need to be supplied to Council by the affected resident.
Unowned and Feral Cats
There are millions of unowned stray and feral cats in Australia. Research has also found that a major contributing factor to this problem is people feeding unowned cats but not taking full ownership or responsibility for them.
Thousands of cats are impounded, and the majority of these have to be euthanased (put to sleep). This is mainly due to poor health or because not enough homes can be found for them.
Feeding unowned cats isn't the answer. If you want to help you must either take ownership of the cat or phone Council to have the cat taken to the pound or shelter.