Owning a pet can be a lot of fun; it has enormous benefits and at the same time carries certain responsibilities:
- register your pet to help us return your pet if they become lost
- desex your pet to prevent unwanted breeding
- provide a balanced diet and clean cool water at all times, in a container that cannot be tipped over
- provide a comfortable dry sleeping area, along with shade during the day
- confine your pet to your property at all times
- keep cats indoors at night e.g. house, shed or garage
- place pets in suitable accommodation (kennel) when you are on holidays
- socialise your dog with other animals and people, particularly during the early stages 8-16 week period
- respect the rights of other people by keeping your pet under control and on a lead in public places like parks
- take your pet for regular vet check-ups, vaccinate and regularly worm them (including heartworm for dogs, fleas and ticks)
- train and regularly exercise your dog.
Hume Council does not have a cat curfew in place however we do encourage owners to keep their cats confined at night for the cats own safety and so that they don’t become a nuisance to neighbours. Around 80% of accidents involving cats happen at night. Roaming cats can get hit by cars, injured in fights or catch fatal diseases.
If your cat is found on another person’s property, it may be trapped as part of Council’s cat trapping program. Cats wearing a current registration tag will be returned to their owner on the first occasion but cats not wearing a registration tag will be impounded. Cats caught more than once may be declared a nuisance and will need to be confined to their owner’s property at all times.
For more information visit:
DPI - All about dogs
DPI - All about cats