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Responsible cat ownership

In order to ensure you are a responsible cat owner, please ensure you:

  • Register your cat with a local government.
  • Microchip your cat.
  • Sterilise your cat.
  • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar that has a name tag and current registration tag.
  • Ensure both your details and the cat's details are kept up-to-date with the local government and microchip registry.

The City recommends that owners keep their cats indoors, particularly at night. 

By keeping your cat safe at home you will be: 

  •  Reducing the risk of them getting sick, being hurt or dying in an accident 
  • Enjoying more quality time together 
  • Reducing the risk they will stray and be lost or impounded by the council 
  • Minimising the risk they will harm or kill other animals 
  • Preventing them from interacting with undesexed roaming cats 
  • Avoiding problems with your neighbours
  • Giving them a better chance to enjoy a longer, healthier life. 

Cats must be microchipped and sterilised.

All cats over the age of six months must be registered with a local government. Please complete the registration form below and return it to the City.

The cat registration period is from 1 November to 31 October (one year and three-year cat registrations expire on 31 October, regardless of the month the cat was registered).

Cat registration fees      
  1 year 3 years Lifetime
 Standard  $20  $42.50  $100
 Concession*  $10  $21.25  $50

 * A copy of a current Pensioner Concession Card or a copy of either a Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs Commonwealth Seniors Health Card must be produced to prove eligibility. 

All cats over the age of six months need to be registered. 

Registration tags

Once your cat is registered, you will be issued with a registration certificate and a valid registration tag that your cat is required to wear on its collar at all times.

Cat registration tags change each year. The colours for the next four years are:

  • Red tag for registration period ending October 2019
  • Blue tag for registration period ending October 2020
  • Green tag for registration period ending October 2021
  • Yellow tag for registration period ending October 2022
  • Orange tag for lifetime registration 

Proof of sterilisation is required when submitting your registration form. This is usually provided by a veterinary surgeon’s certificate, statutory declaration made by the owner or the sighting of a tattooed ear insignia denoting a sterilised cat. Falsely identifying your cat as sterilised may result in a $200 infringement notice. 

Breeding cats

You must obtain a permit to breed cats.

The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a permit. When a cat is sold, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised before transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, a voucher from the seller must be issued to the new owner.

Only approved breeders will be exempt from sterilisation laws.

Some further facts regarding your cat:

  • Only two cats are permitted to be registered to a property.
  • Only a registered cat breeder may have an unsterilised cat. 
  • All cats must be microchipped, sterilised and registered. 
  • There is an option for lifetime registration of a cat.