Cats/Feral Cats

Under Council's general no more than five cats or kittens over the age of three months may be kept on any property zoned residential, commercial or industrial, without the written approval of the Council.

In all cases, if Council considers the keeping of cats to be the likely cause of a nuisance, or a danger to health or wildlife, then the owner may be asked to remove those cats or kittens. If you are concerned about a health nuisance caused by cats, please contact us.

Domesticated cats

No person without the written authority of Council shall keep more than five cats of an age greater than three months on any property zoned residential, commercial or industrial. In granting permission to keep more than five cats Council may set conditions as it seems fit to ensure that no nuisance shall arise to the public or any resident in the area

Feral and stray cats

Feral and stray cats originate from domesticated cats.  They are usually short-haired and slightly built, with a large head and sharp features.  They are often in poor physical condition.

Feral cats have none of their needs provided by humans and their population size fluctuates largely independently of humans.  They do not need to live around centres of human habitation and their population is self-sustaining, requiring no input from the domestic cat population.

Stray cats have been lost or abandoned by humans but may still have many of their needs indirectly supplied by humans and live around centres of human habitation.   Stray cats may rely on humans for food but they are usually wary of humans and may be aggressive when cornered or captured.

Cats can be found in most terrestrial habitats, including urban areas, production landscapes (e.g. farms, orchards) and natural areas (e.g. forests, dunes, wetlands).

Concerns & Complaints

If your concern regards the welfare of cats, please contact the SPCA. For feral cat issues please contact Northland Regional Council