Dealing with nuisance cats
If you have wandering cats on your property, you can try a number of means to discourage them:
- Utilise products available from nurseries and pet shops to deter cats.
- Ensure that your pet's food is not left outside to entice cats.
- Try to ascertain who the owner of the cat is. This can help make the owner aware of their cat's habits and may increase the likelihood of steps being taken to control their activities.
If you are not comfortable speaking with the owner, please call Ranger and Emergency Services on 9781 0444 and we will educate the owner on the cat laws and provide suggestion to ensure they can comply with the requirements.
Cat traps are available from the City of Busselton, 2 Southern Drive, Busselton upon completion of the application form.
By completing the application form you are acknowledging that you are legally responsible to immediately contact Ranger and Emergency Services on 9781 0444, once the cat is trapped, to ensure humane and correct return/disposal procedures are followed regarding the animal.
You also acknowledge that the bond payment of $100.00 is required for the use of the cat trap. This bond will be returned to you after the trap is returned return to the City of Busselton or collected by the City Ranger. You will receive your money back either with a cheque that will be posted to the postal address you provide or alternatively you can provide your bank details for a direct deposit. For refund of the bond, you must present your original paperwork to the City offices.
If you do not return the trap or if trap is damaged your bond will be retained by the City of Busselton to purchase a replacement trap.
Below are some steps on capturing a nuisance cat:
- Bait – Sardines can be put into an open plastic bag or cut-off end of an old stocking and attached to the hook within trap.
- Cover trap with Hessian bag leaving open end uncovered.
- Trap is not to be left unattended for more than 12 hours.
- If trap is occupied with a cat / dog when checked, please leave closed and ring the City Ranger and Emergency Services on 9781 0444.
- The animal will be taken by a City Ranger and the owner will be attempted to be identified. The owner will be contacted and issued with a warning or infringement. If the animal is not able to be identified it will be kept for seven (7) working days for cats and seven (7) days for dogs. If it is not claimed it will then be re-homed through a rescue agency or euthanised.
- If the trap is occupied with an animal other than a cat or dog, please ring Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) on 9752 5555 as soon as possible.
- If a dog/cat is trapped it must be collected by a City Ranger. If the animal is disposed of by the trap holder you may be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act.