A domestic cat has been tamed and made fit for a human environment. It relies on humans to obtain its food and shelter.
Keeping of cats
A person who keeps a cat must:
- maintain a proper enclosure to prevent the cat from wandering or escaping from the person’s land
- must not allow the animal to cause a nuisance. Nuisance behaviour can include but is 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) are cats which have never been domesticated and 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 (at least 2-3kms from habitation), 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 on (07) 3205 0555.
Terms and conditions of hire
- Hirer is obliged to accept responsibility for the welfare of the cat/s whilst in their possession and ensure that the cat/s are not ill-treated
- It is the hirer’s responsibility to treat captured cats humanely
- Hirers are responsible for the welfare of the cat whilst it is contained within the trap on their property and being transported to Dakabin RSPCA. 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.
- Captured cats must be taken to Dakabin RSPCA facility within 24 hours of being captured (council does not pick up captured cats)
- Hire period is for up to 14 days
- The cat trap must be properly cleaned, free of fur, mud and dirt with the trigger plate free from any soiling.
- It is the responsibility of the hirer to return the trap to Dakabin RSPCA by the end of the 2 week period, the date of which is identified on the loan agreement. Council does not collect the traps at the end of the hire period.
Cages not returned
If the cage is not returned in an acceptable condition by the end of the 2 week period the resident will be charged for the full replacement cost of the cat cage.
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