Where residents regularly observe nuisance cat behaviour it is generally best to have a neighbourly chat with their owner (if known) and let them know what their cat is doing. It’s often the case that the owner doesn’t even know their cat is creating a problem and the matter can be resolved simply and amicably by talking about the issue.
If this approach doesn’t have the desired result, residents may wish to try natural deterrents. Scattering the following natural materials in your yard where the cat is entering, or roaming might deter the cat from returning. If you have pets of your own, it is important to consider whether this will impact them too and if these will be a suitable solution for your home:
- citrus peels (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin, etc)
- coffee grounds
- oil of lavender
- vinegar (sprayed on specific areas).
There is also a selection of humane commercial cat deterrent solutions available for purchase from online and in-store retailers which can be set up in your own yard.
Where the above actions have been taken but haven’t resolved the issue you can report the matter to the City via our online enquiries for by contacting us on (08) 9205 8555.
Where the recommendations have been attempted but are not successful, the matter may be escalated and the cats impounded. Although officers are appropriately trained and authorised, the City only uses impounding as a last resort as the experience can be emotionally distressing for the captured cat.
When a cat is impounded by the City, one of the following scenarios will take place:
If the cat does not comply with certain provisions of the Cat Act 2011 or the Keeping and Control of Cats Local Law 1999, the City will hold the cat at our Cat Management Facility and contact the owner (where possible) to advise where collection can be made. Please note that fees and penalties will apply prior to the cat being released.
If the cat does not comply with the Cat Act 2011 at all (including if it is not registered, microchipped, sterilised, or wearing a collar), it will be taken to the Cat Management Facility and may be rehomed if an owner is not identifiable.
If the cat is registered, microchipped, sterilised, wearing a collar, and not within a cat prohibited area, the City will release the cat.
To avoid the above scenarios cat owners are encouraged to practice responsible cat ownership and take active measures to ensure their cat is registered and sufficiently contained on their own property wherever possible.
When members of the community provide food for unowned cats but do not want to take ownership of them the cats remain unsterilized, unidentifiable, unvaccinated and may become problematic to other residents as a result of their predatory nature, breeding habits and territorial behaviour.
Unowned and abandoned cats should be handed over to organisations such as Cat Haven, RSPCA or other rescue groups as soon as possible. Cat Haven undertakes and manages cat reclaiming and additional services for cats that are deemed suitable for rehoming on behalf of the City of Stirling.