Stray and Feral Cats
Council's Rangers remove between 500 to 900 stray cats per year from within our municipality. Around 75 per cent of these cats are feral or not owned.
One un-desexed, stray, female cat can produce as many as 60 offspring in 12 months. In spring, as the daylight hours increase, the breeding season begins, resulting in an increase in cats fighting over territory, food and mating. This can result in injuries and disease transmission not only to other unowned cats but also to resident's pet cats. It also results in hundreds of unwanted litters of kittens being born under houses, around factories, in outbuildings, in drains and bushes.
Hiring a cat trap
Council hires cat traps to residents of the City of Greater Dandenong only. These allow stray and ferals cats to be caught humanely. Please note that you can only trap a cat on your own property, or someone else's property with their consent.
The cat traps cannot be used for trapping possums. Possums are a protected species under the Wildlife Legislation and can only be caught by licensed operators. Council officers have no authority to remove wildlife.
- Refundable deposit must be paid, see cost below.
- The deposit is fully refundable when the trap is returned in good and clean condition.
- Maximum hire period is 7 days.
- The trap hire is only available for hire to residents within the City of Greater Dandenong
- A cat trap can be hired from and returned to Springvale Community Hub Customer Service Centre
- You must contact Customer Service first to check availability of traps.