Owning a cat


All cats must be desexed prior to being registered for the first time.

Cat curfew

There is a cat curfew in place in our municipality. This means your cat must be confined in a secured environment – that is, inside a building or enclosure – on your property from sunset to sunrise.

Roaming cats

The City will not be offering or performing cat trapping within the municipality for the foreseeable future.

We have made changes to our cat trapping services as the result of a nationwide cat vaccine shortage, due to production issues.

This is to reduce the number of cats needing to be taken to shelters, particularly the City’s pound service operator, Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS), who are currently experiencing critical supply shortages. 

While the situation will be actively monitored, cat trapping services will resume as soon as possible.

Cat adoption

Geelong Animal Welfare Society has a pet adoption service. All pets purchased through GAWS will be desexed and microchipped before you take them home.

Page last updated: Thursday, 15 February 2024