Reporting a cat issue

Cats are a free roaming animal and make great pets. Instinctively, they like to hunt which can affect our local native wildlife and environment.  

If a cat is frequently destroying your property or harming local wildlife, follow the steps below to resolve the issue.

Before you report

Cats are not governed by the same laws as dogs. They do not need to be confined to properties, they don't have curfews and they aren't required to have collars or be on a lead.  

Step 1.What is the cat doing? 

If the cat is proven to be killing local wildlife or destroying property, we can look at declaring the cat a nuisance. We need evidence to support the claim and we need to know who owns the cat to issue a nuisance order. We cannot issue a nuisance order for stray cats.

Step 2.Is the owner aware of the cat behaviour? 

If you know who the cat belongs to, try talking to the owner or drop a friendly letter in their mailbox. They may be unaware that their cat is impacting you and would be happy to take action to amend the behaviour to keep their pet safe. 

Step 3.Evidence of nuisance behaviour

Gather evidence of the cat consistently causing a nuisance. Keep a record of times and dates when the cat is visiting and include photos or video of the cat causing the nuisance. 

Step 4.Report the issue

We can only take action if we know who the cat belongs to. Make sure you include these details with your report. 

What is meant by a nuisance cat?

A cat is considered a nuisance if it is hunting local wildlife or is consistently destroying other people's property. 

A cat must be declared a nuisance before we can impose fines on the owner of the cat.