Caring For Cats
Caring For Your Cat
Just like dogs, cat breeds have their own unique temperaments so when thinking about getting a cat, it is important to investigate the breed and whether or not it will fit into your lifestyle.
Consider the following before purchasing a cat:
- How much grooming it will need
- If the breed you want is shy and quiet or active and robust
- If it will be an indoor or an outdoor cat
If you need more advice or would like to adopt a cat from the Narromine Shelter you can contact Council's Senior Ranger on 02 6889 9999.
Being a Responsible Cat Owner
Cats have a reputation for being independent, but they still need care and discipline for their own health and safety. As a responsible cat owner you should:
- Keep control of your cat to minimise its impact on neighbours and wildlife
- Identify your cat with a collar and tag, have it Microchipped and Lifetime Registered
- Have your cat desexed
Nuisance Cat Complaints
If you have a complaint regarding your neighbour's cat, the following steps are recommended:
- Approach the cat's owner and state your case clearly and politely, chances are they are unaware of their cat's behaviour
- If the cat owner is unapproachable or does not agree that a problem exists, you can contact Community Justice on 1800 650987. This service is free, confidential and voluntary.
- If none of these methods work, contact Council's Senior Ranger on 02 6889 9999.
How Does Council Deal With a Nuisance Cat Complaint?
Council takes the following steps after receiving a complaint about a nuisance cat:
- The owner is advised of the complaint and advice is offered on how to curb the cat's behaviour
- If further complaints are received, a Nuisance Order may be placed on the cat which stays in place for six (6) months
- Should the cat continue the nuisance behaviour, the Ranger may issue fines to the value of $220
- Further non-compliance may see the owner of the cat prosecuted by the local court (a request for the removal of the cat from the property may be sought)
- Council's Ranger does not collect straying cats, but they will receive them at the Shelter