Keeping a cat may seem simple but there are many aspects of looking after a cat that you need to know.
It is a requirement by law that cats over the age of six 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 is available below.
Annual cat registration periods are from 1 November to 31 October.
You are able to renew your cat registration online
Holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card receive a 50% discount.
|One year* (50% reduction on this fee from 1 June to 31 October)
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.
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.
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 cats over the age of three months on any land within the City of Rockingham, except within the rural zone where catteries may be permitted. A person may apply for an exemption to keep more than two cats. The form is available below.