Understanding Cat Laws for Responsible Cat Owners
What is the Cat Act 2011?
What is the purpose of the Cat Act 2011?
What does this mean for you and your feline friend?
- 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.
How does this affect cat breeders?
Even if you wish to only breed one litter from your cat, you are considered a cat breeder. If you wish to become a breeder, you must apply for a permit from your local government. These permits are valid for 12 months and a fee may be payable. If you wish to give away or sell a cat, you must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, you must provide a prepaid sterilisation voucher to the new owner.
Are there limits on cat numbers?
If my cat is below six months of age and not microchipped, can it be sold or transferred?
No. While a kitten is not required to be microchipped until it reaches six months of age, it cannot be sold or transferred to a new owner until a microchip is installed. Pre paid microchip vouchers are available Click here
What happens if my cat cannot receive a microchip?
My cat is very old – do I still need to have it sterilised?
About Registration tags and certificates
- Yellow tag for registration period ending 31 October 2018
- Red tag for registration period ending 31 October 2019
- Blue tag for registration period ending 31 October 2020
- Green tag for registration period ending 31 October 2021
- Orange tag for lifetime registration.
It is an offence for your cat not to wear a collar with the registration tag and you can be given an on-the-spot fine of $200 for failure to do so.
What Government concessions are available for pensioners or low income earners?
Where can I get more information?
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