If a neighbour’s cat comes onto your property, council has no powers to intervene. Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 No 87 (see Part 4 Responsibilities for control of cats), there is nothing stating that a cat must remain on the property of its owner.
The Act does state that cats are prohibited from:
- Food preparation / consumption areas
- Wildlife protection areas
If a cat is a nuisance, you can report it to council. In general terms, nuisance cat behaviour refers to:
- constant excessive noise
- consistent damaging of property
- attacking native wildlife
More information about what constitutes a nuisance cat can be found on the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 No 87 (Part 4).
a nuisance cat to council online