Cat ownership

How many cats can I have?

Small allotment

(Under 150m square)


(150m square)

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If you wish to keep more cats, you will need to apply for a permit (pdf, 55KB).


All cats must be microchipped before registration. You can get a proof of microchipping from the vet or from the supplier of your pet's microchip. Microchipping is inexpensive because it is a one off cost that protects your cat for life.

Desexing your cat

There are many benefits of desexing your cat:

  • They live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviour.
  • It eliminates 'heat' cycles in female cats, and male cats are less likely to mark their territory, fight and yowl.
  • Owners pay lower pet registration fees.
  • Desexed cats are also less likely to wander, run away or get into fights, reducing the instances of injuries.

The best time to desex your cat is when you get your cat, or at three months of age. This can avoid accidental litters. Desexing can be less stressful for kittens than for older cats.

Make sure any cats you buy or adopt are desexed before taking them home.

Find out about desexing vouchers for concession card holders.

Cat curfew

A cat curfew, which requires all cats to be kept confined to the owner’s property between sunset and sunrise, applies in Moonee Valley.

However, we recommend keeping your cat indoors at all times. This provides your cat with the longest and happiest life possible, while protecting local wildlife.

Cats make wonderful pets, but they’re also expert hunters and kill an estimated 77.6 million birds in Australia every year.

With almost half of our threatened animals living in cities and towns, cats can devastate native wildlife if left outside.

That’s why we support Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria’s Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign and ask you to do the same.

Together we can build a community of cat owners who are committed to keeping their cats, and our native wildlife, safe from harm.

Why should cats stay inside?

As well as keeping our local wildlife safe, keeping your cat indoors decreases their risk of getting sick or injured from a road accident, fight, poison or disease.

Keeping your cat inside increases their lifespan to up to four times as long as an outdoor cat’s. So why not do what’s best for them and the local wildlife, and create a home for them inside?

How do I transition my outside cat to an inside cat?

Transition your outside cat to an inside cat is straightforward, but if your cat is older and used to going outside, it will need to be a gradual process.
They need time to learn that staying inside is safe – and fun!

When is a good time to do it?

  • In the cooler months: We all want to stay inside when it’s cold – so does your cat! Take this opportunity to show them how snuggly life inside can be.
  • When you move: New behaviours can be associated to a new environment, and your cat won’t run the risk of getting lost in unfamiliar territory.
  • At feeding time: Instead of letting them straight out after eating, extend the time they stay inside. 

Follow these steps to make the process easier:

  • Inspect fly screens, windows, balconies and chimneys to make sure your cat can’t escape.
  • Provide food and water in a familiar location (or two – cats love choice!).
  • Place a litter tray in a private, but obvious location and be patient as they can take some time to get used to.
  • Keep your kitty happy and engaged by playing with them for fifteen minutes at least twice a day.
  • Cuddles! Make sure to spend time bonding with your cat as this fulfil their (and your) emotional needs.

Visit the Safe Cat website for more information and to sign up for the latest advice, tips and tools to make your home purrrrrfect for your feline friends.

Cat Cage Hire

In an effort to assist residents in dealing with cat trespassing and/or feral and stray cat issues and as part of our cat management program, cat cages can be hired from the City Compliance team free of charge. It is the resident’s responsibility to collect and return the cat cage at the conclusion of the hire period.


Trapping must be conducted in accordance with Council’s Cat Cage Hire Agreement


If you are experiencing ongoing issues with stray or roaming cats at your property, contact Council on 9243 8888 to discuss your option and the possibility of hiring a cat cage to be placed on your property.

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 4:59 AM