Cats make great pets. They are quiet, clean and don't need a lot of space or exercise. Compared to dogs, cats cope better with being left alone when owners are at out of the house. Cats provide excellent company. They can be playful and affectionate, yet can still be very independent.
This page has some important information on how to keep you cat safe and happy.
All cats and kittens are required to be desexed prior to being registered unless:
To help protect animals in our community, Bayside regulations require the confinement of cats between 8pm and 6am or between 9pm and 6am during daylight savings.
Bayside City Council introduced these regulations to protect the welfare of animals in our community.
While cats are highly valued pets in our community, serious problems can occur if they are allowed to roam outdoors between dusk and dawn. Keeping cats inside will help prevent them from breeding, fighting, being injured and killing wildlife.
There are many different options to suit you and your cat's needs that will help keep them happy, healthy and comfortable, including:
Try skipping its morning feed and calling it in at night to be fed. Don't feed your cat until it comes inside. It will learn quickly that it won't get fed unless home by dusk. Once inside, don't let it out again until morning.
Ensure your cat has a cosy and well-ventilated sleeping area, with food, water and a litter tray. Help enrich your cat's environment by providing:
This will prevent your cat from getting bored or having behavioural problems. Your cat should adapt to night confinement within a few days. If not, get further advice from your vet.
We may be able to assist if a cat is causing a nuisance by coming onto your property or if you have a problem with a stray or feral cat. Residents who have unwanted cats roaming on their property can borrow a humane cat cage from us free of charge. Animal Management Officers will inspect your property to determine if your property is suitable to set a trap.
If you would like an animal management officer to investigate a nuisance cat or would like to borrow a cage, fill out the contact us form.
The Victoria State Government website has information on:
You can also find out more about responsible pet ownership on the Animal Welfare Victoria website.
Download our protecting your cat in Bayside brochure (PDF, 114.08KB).