A person who keeps a domestic cat must:
- maintain a proper enclosure to prevent the cat from wandering or escaping from their property
- not allow the animal to cause a nuisance, including but not limited to smell, dust or noise.
If you are experiencing problems with domestic or stray cats on your property you should contact a licensed pest control operator or alternatively refer to council's cat trap hire service.
Feral cats (Felis catus) have never been domesticated - they are truly wild animals. These cats will have nothing to do with humans and have no reliance on humans for food or shelter. They live in the wild, killing wildlife and scavenging for food.
Feral cats can carry infectious diseases which can be transmitted to native animals, domestic livestock and humans. They are a serious threat to the survival of endangered native animal species.
Feral cats are classified as a restricted invasive species due to the significant impact they have on the environment. It is the responsibility of landholders to control restricted invasive animals on their property.
Stray cats are usually cats which have at some stage been domestic pets but for some reason have had to fend for themselves, whether they have become lost or been abandoned.
Cat trap hire
Cat traps are available for residents experiencing problems with wandering or nuisance cats on private property at no charge. Wait time for traps is dependent upon demand. To arrange hire of a cat trap contact Council.
Terms and conditions of hire
- The hirer is obliged to accept responsibility for the welfare of the cat/s whilst in their possession or during transport to the Dakabin RSPCA.
- Cat/s are to be treated humanely and not ill-treated.
- The trap must be:
- placed in a shaded sheltered area and food and water provided
- covered to keep the cat calm
- placed in an area where other animals, particularly dogs, cannot access the trap.
- Council does not pick up captured cats. They must be taken to Dakabin RSPCA facility within 24 hours of being captured.
- Hirer's must return cat traps to Dakabin RSPCA by the end of the 14 day hire period, the date of which is identified on the loan agreement.
- Cat traps must be returned properly cleaned, free of fur, mud and dirt, with the trigger plate free from soiling.
- Council does not collect traps.
Cat traps not returned
If the trap is not returned in an acceptable condition by the end of the 14 day hire period, the hirer will be charged for the full replacement cost of the trap.
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