Cats and kittens make wonderful companions, providing their owners with years of love and devotion. However, caring for your cat’s needs and obeying local laws in regards to their ownership is a major component of being a responsible pet owner.

The Cat Act 2011 means all cats six months of age or older have to be micro-chipped, sterilised and registered with the local government in which the cat resides in.

Within the City of Canning, cats are required to wear a collar and a current registration tag. This will help in safely returning your cat if it is ever lost. Cat owners found to be non-compliant with these requirements may face a $200 infringement and fines of up to $5000 if prosecuted.

If the owner of a cat cannot be identified, it may be transported to the City’s Cat Management Facility.

For more information visit the Department of Local Government and Communities website.

To apply to register a cat, please click here.

Thinking of buying a cat or kitten? Please read the RSPCA Smart Cat/Kitten Buyers Guide.

For more information, view the Cats - Responsible Owners brochure for more information about being a responsible pet owner.

Change of ownership

Is your cat going to a new owner? If so, please click here to download the Notification of Change of Ownership form.

What is a responsible cat owner?

In addition to sterilising, microchipping and registering your cat, the City of Canning recommends you consider;

  • Installing an outdoor cat enclosure.
  • Vaccinating your cat.
  • Not allowing your cats to roam. Most people are aware that cats should be brought in during the evening to reduce hunting but it will also assist in reducing cats being involved in road accidents, catching diseases and fighting with other cats.
  • Ensuring your cat wears a collar and bell.

Lost cats

If you and your pet are separated, please contact the Ranger and Community Safety Services team at the City of Canning on 1300 422 664.

Click here to view all impounded animals.