Cat owners' responsibilities

Taking care of your cat and follow cat ownership laws, including cat curfews.

Caring for your cat

Cats can make great companions and a wonderful addition to a family. Studies show that having a cat can have many physical and psychological benefits such as improving cardiovascular health and reducing stress and anxiety.

Whilst there are many things that cats can do for their families, it is important that their family also takes care of them by providing them a safe and healthy environment and also by following laws regarding cat ownership.

Darebin Pets Factsheet

Safe and Happy Cats

Cat curfew

From 1 January 2021, the City of Darebin night-time cat curfew (from 7pm to 7am) will come into effect. The curfew applies 7 days a week, year-round.

This means that residents must keep their cats confined within their property boundary during this time.

Council resolved to introduce a cat curfew at its meeting on 17 August 2020 after community feedback largely supported the initiative.

Need more information on the cat curfew and what it means for you?

Cat curfew FAQs

DIY Cat Enclosures