New Cat Legislation

In accordance with the State Government’s Cat Act 2011, from 1 November 2013, all domestic cats 6 months and older will be required to:

  • be sterilised
  • be micro-chipped
  • be registered with us here at Vincent (or the cat’s local council)
  • wear a Vincent registration tag

What happens if I don’t follow the law?

Local Governments are responsible for administering and enforcing the Cat Act 2011. Fines and penalties can apply for people who don’t register, micro-chip and sterilise their cats. Cat owners that are not compliant with these requirements, after 1 November 2013 may be liable to fines of up to $5,000. 

Registering cats

As a cat owner, you must register your cat with the City of Vincent. Once your cat is registered, you must make sure that your cat wears a collar and its registration tag at all times whenever in a public place.  To be a cat owner you must be over 18 years of age (to take legal responsibility).

All cats six months of age and over must be registered with Vincent and existing registrations must be renewed by 31 October each year. If being registered for the first time, cats must be microchipped and sterilised prior to registration.

Your cat's Vincent registration tag should be attached to an elasticised collar or safety collar that breaks away if he/she gets caught on something. The collar should be firmly fitted - you should only be able to fit two fingers comfortably between your cat's collar and its neck. It is a good idea to place a bell on the collar to alert any animal that your cat may try to stalk and catch.

How much are the registration fees?

There will be three types of registration available (note that pension card holders will pay 50% of the below):

  • 1 year: $20
  • 3 year: $42.50
  • Lifetime: $100

Micro-chipping

A micro-chip is tiny like a grain of rice and is very easily inserted beneath the skin. A microchip helps to identify your cat, even if their collar or registrations tag has come off. Cats can be micro-chipped at your local vet.

The benefits are:

  • the insertion of the chip, under the skin is a quick and virtually painless procedure
  • the microchip cannot fall out
  • the microchip will remain “active” for the life of the animal
  • the procedure only takes a few seconds
  • your pet can be identified immediately, if it is found.

What forms do I need and what steps do I take to get it all done?

Firstly you need to sterilise and micro-chip your furry feline

Secondly, after your cat has been sterilised and micro-chipped, you then bring the certificate (obtained from the vet after the procedure) to us here at the City. You’ll need to fill in the Cat Registration Form and pay the fee to register your cat. We'll then give you a small plastic tag with your cat's registration number on it - and this must be affixed to the cat's collar at all times.

To save time, you can download the Cat Registration Form here – or feel free to contact us and we will post a form to you. Email us at: mail@vincent.wa.gov.au or call us on 9273 6000. 

Registration Renewals

Registration renewals can be paid the following ways;

  • In person at the Administration & Civic Centre, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville or My Best Friend Veterinary Centre, 3/106 Oxford Street, Leederville.
  • By mail by either filling in the credit authorisation form or by submitting a cheque/money order made payable to the City of Vincent.
  • By telephone on 9273 6000. 

 Other relevant links

RSPCA

RSPCA Western Australia

Cat Haven

9 Lives Cat Rescue

Cats and Wildlife

Frequently Asked Questions

My cat is really old, and I don't want to stress him/her out by having him/her sterilised/micro chipped now.
The City will require documentation from your vet advising that surgery would have an effect on your cat's health. Please note, a statutory declaration is not sufficient. See point 14.2 of the Cat Act which is downloadable at the link further below.

How many cats can I have?
A maximum of 3 cats over the age of 3 months. An owner or occupier of premises may apply in writing to the Council for exemption; for full details and conditions, simply contact Ranger Services (details below).

What if I want to Breed my cats?
You will require a permit from the City of Vincent and be a member of the Cat Owners Association WA, Feline Control Council of WA or Australian National Cats.

The Department of Local Government has added some other Frequently Asked Questions on the cat legislation to their website. For more information please visit this page

For more information

Information on the implementation of Cat Act 2011 can be found at www.dlg.wa.gov.au 

The Cat Act 2011 document can be downloaded from this page.

Information on sterilisation of your cat can be found at www.cathaven.com.au/new-wa-cat-laws 

Please also contact us if you need more information:
Ranger & Community Safety Services
9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au