Stray or feral cats

If you believe there is a stray or feral cat on your property check initially with your neighbours to ensure the cat is in fact stray or feral.

The City will only attempt to trap a cat when you have provided relevant information about the cat and its behaviour. You will be asked to complete a nuisance cat data collection form.

If stray or feral cats are located on your property, City Officers require written permission from the property owners to enter and capture the cat.


Nuisance cat management

The following information may assist in managing nuisance cats on your property.

Cats defecating in gardens or yards

  • Clean the area thoroughly with a biological washing powder solution and when dry spray the area lightly with a surgical spirit spray
  • Place a small piece of cardboard with some dried cat food glued to it at that location. Cats will not toilet where there is food
  • Covering the soil with a heavy mulch often deters cats.

Sprinkling any of the following into garden beds may also be effective:

  • Rue (a herb)
  • Orange and lemon peel along with cayenne pepper
  • Coffee grounds
  • Lavender, lemon grass, citronella, peppermint, eucalyptus or mustard oil.

Cats entering indoors

  • Purchase a cat flap that has an electronic release. It will come with a device that can be placed on your cat’s collar therefore the cat flap will only open for your cat
  • You can also purchase a microchip activated cat flap that operates from your cat’s microchip number.

Residents must be mindful that any action taken to deliberately injure or harm a cat is not acceptable and such action is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.