The Cat Act 2011 came into effect on November 1st 2013
What does this mean for you and your feline friend?
All cats that have reached six months of age are required to be:
- Registered with the relevant local government.
Your cat will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure they can be easily identified and returned to you if they become lost.
My cat is very old – do I still need to have it sterilised?
Yes. The legislation applies to all cats of all ages. However, your vet can issue an exemption certificate if sterilising your cat is likely to have a negative impact on your cat’s health and welfare.
How does this affect cat breeders?
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 or given away, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer.
If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its health or age, the seller must issue a prepaid sterilisation voucher to the new owner.
What concessions or assistance will be available for pensioners or low income earners?
Concessions are given by each council area on the registration of cats for those on low incomes and pensioners.
Some local councils will have special agreements in place with vets in their area for discounted desexing for their residents. Check with your local council as to if they have any of these programs in place.
Cat Haven offer discounted desexing and microchipping services to pensioners and Health Care Card holders.
23 Lemnos Street,
Where can I get more information?
For more information, including tips for being a responsible cat owner, visit the Department of Local Government and Communities’ Responsible Cat Ownership web page at:
or contact your local government.
A directory of local governments is available at: