Cats have so much to offer – they provide companionship, affection and entertainment whilst being economical, clean and easy to maintain.
However the decision to own a cat is a very important one. Please see below information for all you need to know about cat ownerships in the City of Charles Sturt.
Our By-laws limit the number of cat allowable in a home to two.
A permit process applies to keep more than the allowable number of cats (fees apply).
It is currently not a mandatory requirement to have your cat desexed, however to reduce the wandering and unwanted litters we do encourage cat desexing.
For assistance with the cost of desexing please see:
We encourage owners to have their cats microchipped. A cat collar and microchipping identification may save your cats life and may avoid it being kept by a member of the public or being classified as a stray.
It is a requirement under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 to release any trapped cats which has identification such as a collar or a microchip tattoo.
If the cat owner can no longer look after their pet it can be taken to Animal Welfare League.
Please be aware that the relinquishment of ownership results in Animal Welfare League having ownership of the cat and can therefore make decisions in relation to its rehoming.
If known owned cats are causing a nuisance to your property we encourage you to approach the cat owner in a friendly manner and explain what impact their cat may be having on your property or environment. Council Community Safety Officers can support you by providing advice and information on how you might approach this with the neighbour.
For stray cats we do provide the provisions of free cat cage hire via the Kilkenny Grain and Fodder Store (deposit applies). Any person may humanely trap a cat on property that they own.
Bookings are required by contacting 8347 1554.
If an identified cat is trapped, it must be released as required under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
If an unidentified cat is trapped, it may be released, or it may be delivered to the Animal Welfare League who will make a decision as to whether to keep the cat to rehome it, or euthanase it humanely.
Trapped cats must not be kept in cages in inclement weather conditions, for any period of time without water and shelter from the weather. To do so constitutes an offence of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1985.
For any reports of animal cruelty please contact the RSPCA on 1300 477 722.