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Domestic Cats

Domestic cats are pet or house cats living with people; their ecological requirements are intentionally provided by humans.

Council encourages cat owners to:

  • Desex your cat to prevent unwanted litters.
  • Keep your cat indoors at night.
  • Use outdoor cat enclosures.
  • Make sure your cat is identified with a collar, tag and micro-chip as this is a legal requirement.
  • Placing bells on your cat’s collar as a warning to wildlife.

It is a legal requirement to have your cat lifetime registered

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Feral Cats

Feral cats are free-living; they have minimal or no reliance on humans for their ecological requirements, and survive and reproduce in self-perpetuating populations.

Council encourages the public:

  • Not to feed feral cats.
  • Seized feral cats maybe transported to the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter (Council Officers will not pick up or transport feral cats).

Stray & Nuisance Cats

Stray cats rely only partly on humans for provision of their ecological requirements, and include animals in urban fringe situations, dumped animals, and cats kept on farms for rodent control.

Council encourages the public:

  • Not to feed nuisance cats.
  • Try to discourage cats from entering your property.

Council may act on complaints for nuisance cats if they meet the following requirements:

  • Repeated damage to property by cats.
  • Persistent noises made by a cat.
  • Cats wandering into wildlife protection or food consumption areas.

Unlike dogs, there is no law preventing cats from roaming onto private or public property, except in wildlife protection or food shop areas.

For further information on nuisance cats read the following information: 

LinkSection 31 NSW Companion Animals Act 1998

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Last Updated: March 9th, 2020
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