Media Response Cat Poisoning

Questions and Responses

Cat poisoning

We have reports from a Notting Hill woman who fears cats in her local area are being baited with rat poison. She said one of her cats was found dead in the park opposite last year. Then on Monday, her five-month-old kitten was found dead, foaming at the mouth and her 13-year-old cat has gone missing - she believes it also ingested rat poison and went off to die. She says a neighbour also found two stray cats dead in her backyard with foaming at the mouth. She says she has contacted, council, RSPCA and police. She is unsure whether it is targeted or carelessness. She also said all the deaths happened during the day, when cats are allowed outside.

Have there been other reports similar to this?

We have not had any other reports of this occurring. 

If people have an issue with cats, what is the best approach?

If people have concerns about cats in their neighbourhood or on their property, we do have a cat cage program in place that the community can use, where we provide one of our cages for a week. People can seize a cat if it has entered their property more than once without their permission. If a cat is seized using this program then they contact Council to pick up the cat and we will take it to the animal pound and notify the owner. In some instances the owner of the cat can be fined if it enters a neighbours’ property repeatedly and will also need to pay a release fee if their cat is impounded.

If people suspect any of their animals being poisoned I urge them to report the matter to the RSPCA as soon as possible as they are authorised to investigate and take action under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.


Provided to: Monash Leader

Date: 5 April 2018

Quoting: Mayor Paul Klisaris