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Nuisance cats

Council receives many complaints 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 introduced a cat curfew.

Cat curfew

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 Victorian Government has information about cat-proof fencing (modifying existing fencing to make it ‘cat proof’) and cat enclosures.

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).
  • Ensure your cat is registered with Council.
  • Penalties apply to cat owners who allow their cats to cause a nuisance to neighbours.

Stray cats

There are half a million stray cats in Victoria, and their numbers continue to increase as the strays breed. Please don’t feed stray cats, as it only adds to the problem. 

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

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