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 contact us. 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.
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 $52, with a refundable deposit of $146. You will need to pay the hire and deposit fee of $198 upfront.
Once the cat is secured in the cage, contact us on 9278 4444 and a Council officer will collect the cat. Please note: we are unable to collect cats on weekends or public holidays.
We'll do our best to reunite the cat with its owner, otherwise we'll take it to the RSPCA. Visit RSPCA – Finding a lost pet for more information.