What you can do
Local councils with cat by-laws will often list behaviours by cats which can be classed as a ‘nuisance’. You can find this information on their website or their dog and cat management plan.
The following information may help you deal with a nuisance cat while abiding by the law.
If you can identify the owner of the cat, discuss the issue with them in a friendly and practical way. Often, the owner will not realise their cat is being a nuisance. If you treat the issue as a shared problem and work on a solution together, you’re likely to achieve a good result.
If the cat is only a problem at certain times, you can ask the owner to keep the cat in during these times.
If it’s an adjoining neighbour’s cat, you might agree on a fence modification to keep them confined to their property. Check with your council before making fence modifications.
It is illegal to seize or detain a cat that is identified with a collar and owner’s details or microchip. If you do, you must safely release it immediately in the area it was detained. If you do trap an unidentified cats you must surrender it to the RSPCA, the Animal Welfare League or a willing vet within 12 hours of capture. Your local council may have a facility in your area for surrendering trapped cats.
There’s a few ways you can prevent cats from entering your property or areas they’re not welcome:
Cat urine has an unpleasant odour that can be removed by scrubbing the area with a solution of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water, followed with rinse of white vinegar. This method is environmentally safe and is an effective disinfectant, deodorant and cleaning agent. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners as they have an old urine-type smell that will only encourage cats to urinate in the area more.
If you have taken all reasonable steps to deal with a nuisance cat, contact your local council.