Nuisance Cats

Nuisance Cats

The owner of any cat must not allow that animal to be a nuisance.

A cat is considered a nuisance if it injures or endangers the health of any person or creates a noise which persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises.

Your cat must be confined to your property, especially at night.  This will keep it safe from accidents and cat fights.  This also protects our native nocturnal wildlife.  Remember, it is an offence for your cat to wander on private property against the wishes of the owner/occupier.

Cats on Private Property without Permission

If a cat is present on private property without permission on more than one occasion, the owner of the property or an authorised officer may seize the cat and take it to the animal pound.

Trapping Cats 

The most humane and effective way to catch nuisance, feral or abandoned cats is with a cat trap.

Note:  Penalties and/or impoundment fees apply to those owners who allow their cats to become a nuisance to neighbours.

For further information please contact Council's Customer Service on (03) 5722 0888 or email

Last Updated: 17-08-2011

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