PHOTO: A cat sleeping on a bench in the Pussy Palace. Source: Seven Sharp

There’s an old saying that ‘a house is not a home until it has a cat’, but a new housing development 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Auckland CBD flat out rejects the notion.

In fact, you can only buy a home in Weiti Bay if you don’t have a cat.

Weiti Bay developer Evan Williams told Seven Sharp that “the rules are that cats are prohibited and dogs are controlled”, meaning dogs must be approved by the body corporate, be fenced in and unable to roam free.

Cats, meanwhile, are banned – even if they’re indoor-only.

“This is in the path of a really important wildlife corridor and we have a lot of native bush around us as part of the property, and the idea is part of a predator program to protect birds,” he explained.

Williams said the request had been made by the council “at the time we were seeking consent”, adding that they “were okay with that because of the conservation gains”.