Responsible cat owners should ensure that their cat:
- is microchipped and wearing an identification tag;
- does not enter prohibited areas, such as wildlife protection areas and food preparation/consumption areas;
- does not interfere with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises;
- does not repeatedly damage anything outside the property on which they are ordinarily kept;
- does not cause harm to our local wildlife.
Cats are not required by law to be kept inside, however, it is recommended that you keep your cat inside at night.
In accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998, a cat can be declared a nuisance if it “makes a noise that 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 premise” or “repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept”.
If you feel comfortable speaking to the cat's owner, approach them to have a discussion. A short conversation may be enough to resolve the problem. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to the cat owner, if the problem persists after the owner is made aware of the problem, or if the owner is uncooperative, report the matter to our Customer Service team by calling 4221 6111.