Nuisance Cats

Responsible Cat Management

Irresponsible cat ownership has a large impact on our community. However, there is no legal requirement for a cat to be secured inside a private property. This allows cats to wander or roam onto neighbouring properties.

The issues of cat management relate predominantly to the impact of cats on wildlife. Cats can also be a nuisance to surrounding neighbours. A distinction needs to be made between feral cats, domestic cats and stray cats.

Owners are always advised of complaints of wandering cats and offered advice on how to curb the cat’s behaviour in the first instance.

If you have a complaint regarding your neighbour's cat, the following steps are recommended:

Educating Owners on Responsible Cat Management

Coonamble Shire Council takes the following steps after receiving a complaint about a nuisance cat.

The owner is advised of the complaint and offered advice on how to curb the cat's behaviour including:

Nuisance Cat Order

If a cat is making persistent noise or repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept and further complaints are received, a Nuisance Order may be placed on the cat that remains in place for six months.

Should the cat continue the nuisance behaviour, Council may issue penalty notices for each infraction.

Further non-compliance may see the owner of the cat prosecuted by the Local Court.

Council’s Cat Traps

Residents can hire cat traps from Council for a fee (including a security deposit). Contact Council on (02) 6827 1900 to organise hire. The Cat Trap Hire Form can be downloaded here:

Application for Hire of Cat Trap