Nearly half of New Zealand’s households have at least one cat, but they do come with responsibilities to care for them, and to make sure that they don’t annoy your neighbours:
- Keep your cat in good physical health, with regular vet checks and vaccinations.
- Feed your cat suitable food and give it plenty of water, including when you go on holiday.
- If you don’t plan to breed from your cat, have it desexed. This is a responsible thing to do, as it discourages strays and reduces the community cost of dealing with unwanted litters of kittens.
- Think about having your cat microchipped, so that if it goes missing it can be tracked See also:back to you as the owner.
If we receive complaints about the number of cats you keep and the nuisance you are causing, we may impose a limit on their number. We recommend that you keep no more than three cats on your property.
Refer to the Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees Bylaw on our Bylaws page.