Responsible care of cats

Recently the RSPCA released a document entitled Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy At Home. This document provides sensible and positive strategies to help ensure the welfare of these animals while also helping to minimise the predation of native animals by roaming cats.

Owning a cat can bring a lot of love into your home. However, as a cat owner you must be aware of the following information:

  • All cats must be correctly identifiable in accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998. Penalties of $165 apply for owners where their cat cannot be correctly identified. Penalties of $275 apply for not registering an animal.

 Council may only seize a cat if it is:

  • In a wildlife protection area

  • Reasonable and necessary for the protection of any person or animal (other than vermin) from injury or death

  • Within 10 metres of a public food preparation or consumption area.

Members of the public that seize an animal in accordance with Section 62 of the Act must contact Council to have the animal delivered by an authorised officer to its owner, a Council pound or an approved premises. A penalty of up to $3,300 applies if a seized animal is not dealt with in accordance with this section.

Nuisance Cats

It is important that your pet does not disturb your neighbours. If your cat makes a persistant noise that interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises, or repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept, it may be declared a nuisance.

Nuisance Orders remain in force for six months after they have been issued and penalties apply for a breach of the conditions during the period.


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