Registration, nuisance, health and the law
Nuisance cats and cat cages
Allergies, bites and diseases to watch out for
Responsible cat ownership means meeting the health and welfare needs of your cat, and ensuring your cat's activities do not interfere with the neighbours or the environment. Most problems can be prevented by following a few simple steps:
Register and microchip your cat
Registering your cat with Council is mandatory and greatly improves the chances they will be returned to you if they gets lost.
Confine your cat at night
Cats in the City of Melton need to be confined to the owner's property. Cats are more likely to hunt, fight with other cats and yowl at night. Protect native animals and your relationship with the neighbourhood by keeping your cat inside.
Tips on how to confine your cat
Desex your cat
All cats must be desexed prior to registration. Desexing is better for their health and temperament and helps keep the population of abandoned animals and kittens to a minimum. Make sure any pets you buy or adopt are de-sexed before taking them home.
Cats and the Law
All animals in the City of Melton must:
- be desexed
- have a microchip
- be registered with Council
You may not keep more than two cats on a property without a permit from Council. This keeps pets healthy and safe, and ensures neighbours are not inconvenienced. If you wish to keep more than two cats, contact Council's Customer Service on 9747 7200.
You have the right to report to Council when cats are spraying, fighting, attacking or leaving faeces on your property.
Cats and the Eynesbury Estate
The township of Eynesbury has a variety of endangered birds and animals in the local environment. To protect the local wildlife, all cats (both feral and domestic) have been banned from Eynesbury. This ban is imposed under Section 173 of the Planning Act and under the Owners Corporation rules. All owners and residents are legally bound to comply with this requirement.