We encourage cat owners to keep their cat on their property, particularly between dusk and dawn. About 80 per cent of accidents with cats occur at night, and it's also when they are most likely to hunt native wildlife.

If a neighbourhood cat is regularly coming on to your property and causing a nuisance, and you know who owns it, we encourage you to speak to the owner to resolve the situation.

If you can't resolve the situation with the owner, you are entitled to contain the cat and you can contact us by calling (03) 9278 4444. Council officers will return the cat to its owner and discuss the issue with them.

If the problem continues, we can issue the owner with a notice of objection to the presence of that cat on private property.

Stray and semi owned cats

Stray and semi owned cats can have a serious impact on local wildlife and in some cases have caused the extinction of native ground-dwelling birds and small to medium-sized mammals.

A major contributing factor to the rapidly growing stray cat population comes from people feeding unowned cats. Feeding stray cats but not taking full ownership or responsibility for them (including desexing) only increases the problem.

Our Animal Management Officers work to identify and monitor stray cat nests to assist with controlling breeding numbers and protecting local native animals.

You can support stray cats by taking ownership and arranging for them to be desexed, or contacting us to have the cat taken to the RSPCA.

Hire a cat cage

You can hire a cat cage from Council to contain a wandering cat.

Cat cages can be hired from our Camberwell offices for up to 2 weeks for $54, with a refundable deposit of $151.50. You will need to pay the hire and deposit fee of $205.50 upfront. In excess of 2 weeks, the additional fee per day is $26.95. The location and hours of our Camberwell offices are on our Contact us page.

Once the cat is in the closed cage, contact us on (03) 9278 4444 and a Council officer will collect the cat.

We'll do our best to reunite the cat with its owner, otherwise we'll take it to the RSPCA. You can find out more about finding a lost pet on the RSPCA website.

Please note: we are unable to collect cats on weekends or public holidays.