Cat Trapping Program

Cat walking through a garden

We offer residents access to a cat trapping program to help deal with stray, unowned and feral nuisance cats. Council officers will not collect any cats or kittens unless they are contained securely and do not pose a risk to the safety of the officer.

Council Cat Trapping Program

Council provides this service free of charge, however should a cat trap be lost, stolen or damaged while in your care a replacement fee will apply to the applicant.

Homemade cat traps and possum traps are illegal. Cats caught in these types of traps will not be accepted and traps may be seized.

Due to Occupational Health and Safety risks, cats presented in traps that do not having a sliding release door will be removed at the City Laws Officers discretion.

Under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act 1986 and various industry codes of practice, the handling and treatment of the cat is the responsibility of the person conducting the trapping.

Apply to participate in Council's Cat Trapping Program

If you are interested in participating in Council's Cat Trapping Program, please read the cat trapping conditions.

You will need to complete the application kit and distribute the advisory letters enclosed to at least eight neighbours (two neighbours on each side of the property, two neighbours at the rear of the property and two neighbours directly opposite the property where the trapping will take place).

The address of these neighbours must be written on the cat trapping application prior to submitting it.

To submit your application, please email or post it to:

Hume City Council
PO BOX 119,
Dallas Vic 3047

How do I get the trap?

Council has a limited number of traps available, as soon as a trap becomes available a Council will contact you and arrange a delivery time. It is important that you provide your contact details on the cat trap application.

How long can I keep the trap?

The cat trap will be left with the applicant for a period of no more than one week at a time. Residents requiring cages for a longer period will need to make arrangements with a Council officer and this is subject to availability.

How do I use the cat trap?

When the cat trap is delivered the Council officer will demonstrate how to set the trap if you are unsure.

The cat trap is only to be set after 6pm from Sunday night through until Thursday night unless otherwise directed by the Council officer. Trapping is not to occur prior to 6pm.

Cat traps are not to be set Friday night, Saturday night or prior to a public holiday.

I have a trap and I have caught a cat

You will need to ring Council on 9205 2200 between 8am and 9am Monday to Friday (public holidays excluded) to request a Council officer to attend and collect the cat. Cats will not be collected on weekends, after hours or on public holidays.

Any cats that are trapped between 9am and 6pm may not be collected and any cats trapped during these hours may result in the cat trap being removed.

How do I care for the trapped cat?

You are responsible for the welfare of the cat while it is contained within the trap on your property. This means the trap must be placed in a sheltered area with food and water provided. The trap should be covered to keep the cat calm and should be placed in an area where other animals, particularly dogs, cannot access the trap.

How do I return the cat trap

Please contact Council on 9205 2200 to arrange for a Council officer to attend to collect the trap from your property.