Responsible cat care
You must provide accommodation, supervision and care for your pet at all times.
There are minimum standards of day-to-day care you must provide for your furry friend.
Cat owners must keep their cats on their premises at all times from 10 April 2022.
The 24-hour cat curfew is designed to:
- protect cats and local wildlife
- prevent cats from being a nuisance to neighbours
This means confining your cat to your:
- enclosure or similar.
Council endorsed the cat curfew in the 2017-2021 Domestic Animal Management Plan.
Can my cat still go outside?
Cats can still go outside, as long as it remains on your property. Cat enclosures and cat-proof fencing are some ways to stop a cat from wandering outside your property.
Resources to prepare for cat curfew
The RSPCA and Zoos Victoria have developed a range of tools to help cat owners give their cats happy and enriched lives at home.
Some additional resources
- Cat proof fencing
- Free standing cat enclosures
- Building a cat enclosure attached to house or shed
- Your cat's welfare needs
- RSPCA Guide to Safe and Happy Cats
- Enrichment ideas for your cat
Building permits for cat enclosures
In most cases, you do not need a building permit to build and construct a cat enclosure. This includes:
- Portable cat enclosures and portable cat runs
- Lightweight cat enclosures constructed of steel mesh material
- Freestanding cat enclosures located in the backyard less than 10m2 in floor area, and less than 2.4m in height
But you may need a building permit if you want to build a cat enclosure that is attached to your home. This includes permanent attached roofed structures, like a patio or verandah.
Before you build any attached permanent structure, we recommend you:
- to draw up a plan
- check with Council to see if a building permit is required
Cats are not allowed to trespass on other people's property.
Wandering cats can be picked up by Council and fines may be issued.
Find out more about dealing with nuisance cats.
You must register all cats over three months of age with Council. Unregistered animals will be taken to Council's pound.
Pet registration is a state government rule under the Domestic Animal Act 1994.
Find out more about registering your cat.
Compulsory cat desexing
Knox introduced compulsory desexing of cats in April 2011.
This only applies to newly registered cats, not those already currently registered.
All pet owners must microchip their cat. Animal Aid provides free microchipping for up to two cats/kittens to Knox residents.
Random door knocks
Council conducts random door knocks throughout Knox to check for unregistered animals.
Fines for dogs and cats found unregistered attract penalties of $330 each.
You need a permit to have more than two cats or two dogs on one property.
Learn more about animal permits.
Contact us and we will get back to you.
Or call our Community Laws department on 9298 8000.