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Nuisance Cats

Many complaints received by Council are from residents who have cats straying onto their property, spraying or defecating in gardens, fighting, making noise through calling and crying, or attacking wildlife.

To address community concerns Council has introduced a cat curfew.

Tips for cat owners:

  • Wandering cats are vulnerable to disease and attacks from other animals.
  • Confine your cat at night (around 80% of accidents involving cats occur at night).

Remember, cats are required to be registered with Council, and penalties apply to those cat owners who allow their cats to cause a nuisance to neighbours.

Cat curfew

As of 1 January 2010, cats must be confined to their owner’s property from sunset to sunrise each day – either inside a building or in a properly constructed enclosure.

Cat enclosures

Cat enclosures are a safe and humane way to comply with the Council’s cat curfew.

The Department of Primary Industries has information online about

  • cat proof fencing (ie modifying existing fencing to make it ‘cat proof’, giving your cat free access to parts of, or your entire, yard)
  • a cat enclosure attached to another structure (ie the house or a shed)
  • a free standing cat enclosure.

Stray cats

There are half a million stray cats in Victoria. Their numbers continue to expand as the strays breed more and more kittens into a life of disease and neglect.

It is important to refrain from feeding stray cats as it only adds to the problem.

If you have a problem with stray cats in your area, please contact Council for advice and assistance.

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