We strongly encourage responsible cat ownership. Cat owners should ensure their cat/s do not stray onto other people's properties as this may be considered a nuisance and complaints may be lodged with Council.
Cats should be registered via DACO website (Dogs and Cats Online) using the mandatory microchip number. This is free - Council does not charge a cat registration fee.
- Your cat's microchip number should be provided by your vet, microchip implanter, shelter or breeder. If you don't have a record of the microchip number, contact who you bought or adopted the cat from.
Mandatory microchipping and desexing
All cats must be microchipped by 12 weeks (3 months) of age. This applies to all cats unless exempted by a vet. It should be appropriately identified with a collar and tag.
All cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by a vet before they are 6 months of age, or within 28 days after an owner takes possession of a kitten.
Many adult cats taken to shelters are obviously owned but without identification they can’t be reunited with their owners. Undesexed cats can quickly contribute to the unowned and feral cat populations. Ask your vet about early-age desexing to prevent unexpected litters.
Cat owners who have recorded their cat's microchip number via DACO website will receive a notice each July to remind them to log in and check their details are up-to-date.
To update cat details go to DACO website and:
- Select Register
- Select Renew registration
- Enter the renewal code and surname
- Check the personal details are correct
- Check the cat details are correct
- Add any new cats and/or dogs
Some people consider these behaviours to be nuisances:
- digging, urinating and defecating in their yard or garden, jumping on their car, sleeping and shedding their fur on porch furniture, or upsetting an owned cat or dog.
Deterring nuisance cats
There’s a few ways you can prevent cats from entering your property or areas they’re not welcome:
- Cats will avoid cayenne pepper, mustard, vinegar, eucalyptus or citronella oil. You can sprinkle any of these items where you don’t want cats. There are also over the counter repellent sprays available from pet shops.
- Smear petroleum jelly - eg Vaseline, on the top of fences and posts. This will prevent cats from getting a grip.
- Cats don’t like having wet, muddy feet. You can prevent cats from entering or digging at night by watering just before dark.
- Cover children’s sandpits when not in use, particularly at night.
Cat urine has an unpleasant odour. You can remove this by scrubbing the area with a solution of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water, followed with rinse of white vinegar. This is environmentally safe and an effective disinfectant, deodorant and cleaning agent. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners as they have an old urine-type smell that will only encourage cats to urinate in the area more.