Straying and feral cats

Did you know... there is no law against cats wandering the streets?

photo 3The Companion Animals Act 1998 states that there is no offence for cats to wander. If you have a stray cat visiting frequently, here are a few helpful tips you can use to ensure your property remains cat free:

  • Spray Away.  Mix up 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle and spray the mixture around your yard. This will help to keep cats from wandering through your gardens and plants.
  • Oranges and Lemons.  Cats dislike the smell of citrus scents and steer clear of these so fragrance your place with citrus smells!

  • Full Bloom.  Interplant in your garden. Cats dislike the smell of lavender, rue, and lemon thyme so starting planting now!

  • Water.  Our furry friends dislike water so a quick spray from a spray bottle will help to dampen their interest in your garden.

We can’t provide you with a cat trap to catch your neighbour’s cats. By law all cats must be returned to their owner. Therefore we do ask you speak to your neighbours if you are having issues with their cats coming onto your property and try to seek a resolution.

For the cat owner

Did you know your cat must by law be microchipped and lifetime registered with Council and wear a collar with a name tag that has your phone number on it?  You can find out more here.

As a responsible cat owner, be aware that your cat can be declared a nuisance if he or she:

  • Repeatedly causes damage outside of your property
  • Creates a disturbance through noise that interferes with the peace and comfort of your neighbours

Cats are also prohibited in food preparation / consumption areas and wildlife protection areas. Penalty Infringement Notices can be issued if your cat is found in these locations, so keep your furry friend at home.

Make sure your cat, either male or female is desexed.  A kitten can get pregnant from 6 month of age. She can also get pregnant whilst still suckling her first litter. This can amount to 1 cat producing something like 46,000 kittens in her lifetime. Desexing also helps to keep your cat healthy.

We recommend you keep your cat inside at night. This is when they are prone to activity that can be threatening to our wildlife. Keeping your cat indoors also helps to prevent the spread of diseases such as FIV.

Feral cats are the result of domestic cats being abandoned, breeding and having to fend for themselves. These cats are often very wary and can be aggressive if approached. They've had little or no human interaction or handling and are very hard to re-home.  Sadly these feral cats are decimating our native wildlife populations.

Help us to stop the wave of unwanted cats by desexing your cat and keeping it inside with you at night.