Engaging with your neighbours

Cats make great companions, but they can also be a nuisance to your neighbours. Did you know that pet cats can visit up to 26 neighbouring properties in a day? Keep your community happy by keeping your cat indoors or on your property.

How do cats cause a nuisance?

  • By scent marking and defecating around neighbours' properties

  • By fighting with other neighbourhood cats or agitating neighbours' dogs

  • By yowling during the night

  • By creating traffic hazards while darting across roads

  • By hunting wildlife on neighbours’ properties

Here are a few things you can do about a nuisance cat on your property

  1. Can you identify the cat's owner? Try addressing the issue directly with the owner. Most often all it takes is a friendly conversation with your neighbour to resolve the problem.

  2. Not sure who owns the cat? You can try dropping off some friendly letters in your neighbours' letterboxes. We've got a handy letter template for you to use. Download it here.

  3. Do you want to provide your neighbours with some information about responsible cat ownership? Download this printable infographic.

  4. You can cat-proof your yard. Download our brochure on nuisance cats for some handy tips and tricks.

Nuisance cats factsheet - TassieCat

Are you concerned that your cat may be causing a nuisance in your neighbourhood?

Many cat owners are unaware of how far their cat wanders from home. Have a look at our tips and advice on keeping your cat happy at home or how to build a cat enclosure.

TassieCat is a state-wide initiative to promote and facilitate responsible cat ownership and management in Tasmania. The project is supported by Cradle Coast Authority NRM, Kingborough Council, and NRM North through funding from the Tasmanian Government.

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