Cats provide entertainment and companionship to many people of all ages and backgrounds in our community.
In return, you need to be a responsible owner starting with choosing a
pet that is right for you - consider the yard space, the time you’ll
have to spend with your cat, and other family members.
- The costs involved such as veterinarian fees, food, immunisation and council registration costs;
- Exercising your pet daily;
- Providing a healthy balanced diet; and
- Having your cat sterilised if it is not intended for breeding/showing.
Wodonga Council helps owners to understand animal behaviour to
protect and enjoy their animal, and ensure it does not disturb the
community or local environment.
All domestic cats over three months of age must be registered each
year with us. We conduct a doorknock each year to ensure all cats over
three months of age are registered. Microchipping is compulsory for all
animals under the
Domestic Animals Act 1994.
What are my responsibilities to the community as a pet owner?
Cat owners can be fined or prosecuted for offences if your cat is:
- A nuisance, or you fail to comply with a court notice ordering you to stop the cat being a nuisance;
- Is wandering on to private property without the owner's permission
on more than one occasion, and a warning has been issued by us, an
infringement notice may be issued; or
You may also be fined if you:
- Allow any part of the animal's excrement to remain on any road, street, nature strip, reserve, and public or council land; and
- Fail to take responsibility for any damage your cat may cause.