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Responsible cat ownership

Cats are excellent companion animals, being affectionate, intelligent, clean and easy to handle.

Owning a cat brings with it many responsibilities. Not only will you have to feed and care for the cat, but ensure your cat does not impact your neighbours or wildlife.

The Cat Owner’s Handbook is a great resource that outlines different aspects of cat ownership.

Registering your cat

How to register your cat

To register your cat visit Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) at

Please note registration discs are no longer being issued and your cat identified by its microchip number.


In addition to the requirements for your cat to be micro-chipped the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 requires your cat must, when not confined to your premises, wear a collar around its neck with the last registration disc issued for the cat or a tag legibly setting out the name of owner or person entitled to be in possession of the cat and the address of the owner or other person or the telephone number of the owner or other person.

Microchipping and desexing requirements

The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 requires Dogs and Cats to be microchipped before 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale. Dogs and Cats born after 30 June 2018 must also be desexed before 6 months of age or within 28 days of ownership. A veterinary surgeon may grant an extension of time to desex a dog or cat or exempt an animal from desexing or microchipping if it poses an undue risk to health or adversely affects the growth, development or wellbeing of the dog or cat.

Microchip details and desexing certification must be recorded on the statewide database Dogs and Cats Online.

2020/21 Registration Fees


Full Year

Half Year*


Pensioner Concession


Pensioner Concession

Standard Registration (Desexed & Micro-chipped





Non Standard






Late Registration Fee




*Half year rate applies for new registrations made after 31 December each year.

Please note that the 2019/20 cat registration period will commence from 1 July 2019 and will be for the full 12 month period as per requirements of the Dog and Cat Management Act.

Limit on cat numbers

Under the new Cat By-law, a maximum of two cats only (aged over 3 months) can be kept at an address within the council area unless they meet the conditions stated within By-law No. 6 - Cats.

Residents can apply for Council's permission to keep more than two cats at their property by completing the application to keep more than two cats at a premises.

The maximum penalty for keeping more than two cats without Council permission is $750, expiation $187.50, continuing offence penalty for each 14 days that the offence continues is $187.50.

Nuisance cats

Council often receives complaints from residents about stray and wandering cats entering their premises and causing a nuisance.

Residents can access Council’s cat cage hire program in order to trap nuisance cats on their property. Cages can be hired from the Council office (a cash deposit of $50 is required at the time of collection).

Once you have caught the nuisance cat, you are required to contact Council the following morning and arrangements will be made for one of Council’s general inspectors to collect the cage and the cat.

Cats wearing a collar stating the owners details must be released immediately in the location they were trapped (maximum penalty $10,000).

Please note Council will not accept cats caught in private cages.

For further information please contact Council’s General Inspectors on (08) 8551 0500.