Unlike dogs, cats are allowed to roam in public places and onto private property. There is no law prohibiting cats from roaming.
Cat owners are encouraged to keep their cat indoors permanently, or contained by way of a cat containment system to prevent their cat hunting, cat calling, fighting and being injured by cars or other animals. Find out more about being a responsible cat owner.
Under the Companion Animals Act a cat may only be lawfully seized in the following circumstances:
- If a cat is in a public place prohibited under the Act (eg food preparation/consumption area or wildlife protection area) (section 30).
- If seizing the cat is reasonable and necessary for the protection of any person or animal (section 32).
Cats can roam up to 1km radius from where they live or are being fed. Before assuming a roaming cat is a "stray" please:
- Check to see if cat has collar and tag.
- Attach a paper collar with a phone number on it.
- Do a door knock around the area to ask if the cat belongs to a neighbour.
- Post a photograph of the cat on social media such as on Campbelltown Lost Found and Injured Pets or other Facebook groups.
To prevent a roaming cat becoming a nuisance do not allow them to enter your house or have access to food on your property - we recommend that if you own a cat to feed them inside, and do not feed the roaming cat.