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The responsibilities of cat owners are established under the Companion Animals Act 1998.
Cats are to be microchipped from 12 weeks of age or at the time of sale, and be registered from 6 months of age.
All cats must wear some form of identification such as a collar and tag or a microchip.
Exceptions apply to cats born prior to 1 July, 1999.
Cat owners are encouraged to keep their animal inside at night to protect native wildlife and the cat, however this is not required by the Act.
The majority of car accidents and cat fights that injure cats occur at night.
Any person may lawfully seize a cat if necessary to protect a person or other animal (other than vermin) from injury or death, as well as for protection of the cat.
A cat which repeatedly causes a problem, such as excessive and continuous noise or destruction to property may be declared a nuisance. Continuing offences can then result in the issue of on the spot fines by Council.
You can report a nuisance animal by calling Council on 02 6655 7300.
If a report has been made against your cat, our rangers will work with you in a helpful and constructive way to find a solution to the issue.