CAT owners have been warned. From April 10 any cat caught wandering outside its owners' property after dark is at risk of being caught and impounded.As part of its new domestic animal management plan, Ballarat City Council has asked cat owners to keep their animals inside, or within an enclosure from dusk to dawn.Council regulatory services manager Andrew Bellingham said surveys showed overwhelming support for the curfew among cat owners.Information leaflets are being sent to residents with animal registration renewal notices.According to a council survey of more than 300 people, 76 per cent of respondents agreed with a cat curfew.It will not be council officers enforcing the curfew, but residents and cat owners themselves Mr Bellingham said."If cats are wandering onto neighbouring properties we have a cat trap loan service to help," he said."It's to help reduce the impact of cats on wildlife. They are known to be hunters, and it's to reduce the nuisance issue between neighbours."People get very annoyed when cats trespass, soil the garden or dig up the garden."Mr Bellingham said there had always been a "steady stream" of complaints to council about nuisance cats in the neighbourhood. "The cat trap loan service has been very popular for a long time."