As a responsible pet owner, it is important that your cat is microchipped, vaccinated and desexed.
Cat owner obligations
- It is a legal requirement to microchip your cat.
- Vaccinating your cat has many benefits including looking after your cats health and managing the spread of viruses, including the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
- Cats are not allowed to roam. It is a requirement that all cats be confined to your property at all times.
- Desexing your cat has many benefits including health benefits and ensures you are not inadvertently contributing to the overpopulation.
- You can keep up to two cats on your property without requiring a permit.
Permit types and requirements
- Standard Permits do not apply to keeping cats
- Domestic Cat Permit: keep 3 or 4 desexed cats on land less than 2,000m2
- Five Plus Cat Permit: keep 5 or more desexed cats
- Commercial Cattery Licence – keeping cats for boarding, breeding and/or sale
No permit required
- Keep up to 2 cats
- Keep up to 4 cats on land 2,000m2 or more
- Cat Permit Application Kit
- If you are not the owner of the property, you must provide written approval from the owner for the keeping of animals, as per the permit application form
- A kitten is considered a cat at three months of age
- Keepers of any animals must comply with minimum standards set out in the Council’s Local Laws.
What are my responsibilities for keeping cats?
All cat owners are responsible for the animals on their property. They must ensure that:
- all cats are confined to your property. Cats are not to roam or become a nuisance to your neighbours or neighbourhood.
- an adequate supply of food and water is provided for all animals
- all faeces and urine is be disposed of in a manner that does not cause a nuisance to property or people
- all cats should be vaccinated as appropriate to the age of the animal
- cats must be kept in a manner that does not make them harmful to a person’s health
- It is important not to forget your animals during an emergency or disaster event. For more information see Caring for Animals in an Emergency. For a handy and downloadable checklist, check out the Pet Emergency Plan.
Community Cat Program
A Community Cat Program is currently in operation in Rosewood, Goodna and Redbank Plains. This initiative is conducted by the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation and offers residents free cat desexing, microchipping, vaccination and worm/flea/tick treatment for all cats enrolled in the program.
The Community Liaison Officer can also provide owners with education on cat management and husbandry to assist with containment strategies and cat nuisance issues. They can also assist with the rehoming of unplanned litters of kittens. If you would like to seek assistance from the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation or would like to know more about the program, please contact them via the website www.petwelfare.org.au.
To enrol your cat for desexing please visit https://petwelfare.org.au/enrol-a-cat-for-desexing/
How do I make a complaint about nuisance cats?
If you have caught a roaming cat on your property, you can contact Council and request it be collected for impoundment. If the cat is not contained in a suitable enclosure (e.g cardboard box or cage) Council will not collect the animal.
If you have a roaming cat issue or believe a property has excess cats, you can make a request to Council to investigate your complaint by following the steps below:
1. Have the following information ready:
- What is the issue (e.g roaming) and how does it impact you?
- Provide any distinguishing features of the animal/s (e.g type of animal, colour, sex, distinguishing marks)
- Number of cats involved
- Do you know who the owner is (name and/or address)?
- Your details (this complaint cannot be lodged anonymously)
2. Contact Council by one of the methods below:
3. After 14 days if the problem has not been resolved you will need to contact Council for further action to be taken.
Please note: Council keeps complete and comprehensive records in the event that legal action is taken. All parties including the complainant and other witnesses may be asked to attend court to provide evidence. Personal information is only given out when it is directed by law to do so.
How Council investigates complaints
- In the first instance a letter will be sent to the cat owner to let them know a complaint has been received. Many owners will work to resolve the nuisance at this early stage.
- If the nuisance continues for more than 14 days after the initial notification and a further complaint is received then an investigation will take place.
- Councils’ investigation process forms part of a legal process and we must obtain sufficient information and evidence to confirm the existence of a nuisance. Council will consider any other evidence provided.
Lost or impounded cats
Lost or found animals
If you have lost an animal, or you have found a lost or injured animal, quick action is the key to reuniting the animal with its owner. For more information visit Lost and Injured Animals.
If your animal is, or you suspect your animal is impounded at the Animal Management Centre you should visit the Centre in person. For more information visit Impounded Animals.
Release fees may apply. For details view Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule and search ‘impounding’ for current charges.
Cat owners cannot surrender their animal to Council. Please contact RSPCA to discuss your options.