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Roaming cats

There are no restrictions on cats roaming other than in prohibited areas such as wildlife areas or food preparation/consumption areas as outlined in the Companion Animals Act.

Stray cats

There is no definition for stray cat in the Companion Animals Act.

Nuisance cats

The Companion Animals Act defines nuisance in relation to cats as:
  • makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience or any person in any other premises, or
  • repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.
If an authorised officer of Council is satisfied that a cat is a nuisance, the owner of the cat can be issued with a nuisance order.

Cat attacking

Under Section 32 of the Companion Animals Act a person may lawfully seize a cat if that action is reasonable or necessary for the protection of any person or animal, other than vermin, from injury or death. Any cat seized or trapped must be returned to the owner (if known) or delivered to an authorised officer or to the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter and Pound.
Nothing in Section 32 authorises a contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.


A cat must wear a form of identification that enables Council to ascertain the name of the cat and the address or telephone number of the owner.

Council encourages owners to keep their cat indoors and in an enclosure outside. This will keep your cat safe and protect the wildlife.

Further enquires on (02) 4429 3433.

For information about - Microchipping and Registration or Change of Ownership/Address Details refer to relevant Sub-Sections within Pet Ownership

Contact us
Phone: (02) 4429 3433
After hours: (02) 4421 3100
Fax: (02) 4422 1816
E-mail: Ranger Services

Useful links

NSW Government - Companion Animals (New window).

For wildlife rescue in the Shoalhaven, phone 0418 427 214