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Pets at home


You or the person in charge of the dog at the time, must take all reasonable precautions to prevent your dog from escaping from the property on which it is being kept.

If you fail to comply with this requirement, you may be liable for a maximum penalty of $880 or $5,500 for a restricted dog, dangerous or menacing dog.


You do not have to keep your cat indoors. However, you are encouraged to keep your cat indoors at night, as there are benefits to both the cat and the community.

Yowling and fighting is more of a problem at night. The noise is likely to be intrusive and may keep your neighbours awake. Keeping your cat indoors at night is recommended in the interests of both your cat's safety and community harmony.

Many kinds of native wildlife are more active or more vulnerable to hunting at night. There is also evidence that cats hunt more during the night. By keeping your cat indoors, you can help reduce the number of native birds and animals that are killed in your area.

Kittens can quickly become accustomed to staying indoors at night. Consider also containing your cat in a cat enclosure on your premises both during the day and during the night.

Authorised council officers can issue nuisance orders to cat owners in certain circumstances.


The Office of Local Government is supporting councils and cat owners to better manage cats through improved public education and targeted compliance action. As recently as last year, a comprehensive package of Good Neighbour resources was released by the Cat Protection Society of NSW, with the support of the NSW Government, councils and other stakeholders.

The Good Neighbour Project is designed to support cat owners to provide the best feline welfare and wellbeing outcomes for their cats at the same time as minimising the impact of cat ownership on the local community.

A range of other cat welfare material is also available on the website, including bilingual information in Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Hindi and Vietnamese.


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