Nuisance cats

Roaming cats

Unlike dogs, cats are permitted to roam.

It is not unlawful for a cat to enter private property or roam public places.

If you are bothered by a roaming cat, make contact with the owner and politely express your concerns.

You may also consider attaching a paper collar displaying your contact details and a polite message asking the owner to contact you. Ensure that the collar is able to tear off easily if it becomes caught on a fence or tree branch. Download AWL's paper collar template here.


Nuisance cats

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, Council can issue a Nuisance Cat Order if satisfied a cat:

  • 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 premises; or
  • repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

If you wish to report a nuisance cat, please use Council's customer request management system. Council may request that you make a formal statement to support your claim and provide relevant details.

Report a nuisance cat

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Page last updated: 18 Dec 2021