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Keeping a cat may seem simple but there are many aspects of looking after a cat that you need to know.

Cat Registration

The City is now accepting cat registrations. It is a requirement by law that cats over the age of six (6) months be registered with a Local Government. Upon registration cat owners need to provide proof that their cat has been both sterilised and microchipped. A copy of the cat registration form can be found in the table at the bottom of this page.

Annual Cat registration periods are from 1 November to 31 October.

Registration fees

$20 per year
$42.50 for three years or;
$100 for a lifetime registration.

Holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card receive a 50% discount.

Sterilisation

Make sure your cat is sterilised. Sterilised cats are healthier, live longer and are less of a nuisance to the community.

The first litter is the main source of supply to cat overpopulation – 40% of cat owners deliberately have a first litter. Last year 15,000 healthy excess cats and kittens were destroyed in Perth alone.

Uncontrolled cats mating or fighting at night is a major source of noise complaints to Councils as it can be very annoying for other residents.

Free ranging unsterilised male cats spraying on doors, door mats and cars is unfair to neighbours as well as annoying and unsanitary. Sterilised male cats wander less and their urine does not have a high hormonal odour.

Identification

Remember the following points:

  • Sterilised cats are marked with a tattoo in the ear to prevent further unnecessary surgery if the cat gets lost and is rehomed
  • Stretch collars, with an identification disc, are suitable for most cats
  • Microchipping is the safest form of identification for cats, which are then recorded in a central computer data base
  • Many lost or injured cats never find their homes simply because they have no identification.
    Advertise, contact neighbours, vets and animal shelters if you have lost your cat, it may have lost its identification.

Myths

Myth: Cats need a first litter to settle them down

This is false - cats are healthier if sterilised by 5½ months and are at less risk of catching diseases from roaming tom cats.

Myth: Male cats do not need to be sterilised

This is false - male cats are the most troublesome as they are driven to fight for mating territory and are at risk from abscesses, leukaemia and feline immunodeficiency (cat AIDS).

Myth: It is cruel to deny female cats motherhood

This is false, sterilisation is not cruel - killing kittens is. Death from birth complications are common as well as the mistreatment of unwanted kittens.

Myth: The birth of a litter is a good education experience for children

This is false - the experience is rarely continued by taking the children to a cat refuge to see excess kittens being destroyed. Most children are upset knowing their pets will not return home.

Limitation on the Number of Cats

A person shall not keep more than two (2) cats over the age of three (3) months on any land within the district, except within the rural zone of the district where catteries may be permitted. A person may apply for an exemption to keep more than two (2) cats.

Title Type Size and format
Application / Exemption to Keep More than 2 Cats and Keeping Cats Information Document PDF 124 kb
Cat Registration Form Document PDF 846 kb
Cat Sterilisation and Microchip Declaration Form Document PDF 54.6 kb
Cat Act 2011 - FAQs Document PDF 85.3kb

Pound Fees

The poundage fees below will be charged for the release of a cat.

Fee Description Amount ($)
Inclusive of GST
Impound fee $50.00 per cat
Registration fee
If applicable
Sustenance fee $15.00 per day
Surrender fee $65.00 per cat

Useful web pages

You may find the web pages below useful.

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