Find out about cats; including registration fees and application, breeding fees and application, responsible cat ownership, the Cat Act of 2011 and what to do if you have found a stray cat or kittens.

All cats six months or older need to be microchipped and registered with us. It's important that your cat wears a collar displaying their identification and registration tags, so that they can make it home to you safely if they're lost.

Cat registration fees

Sterilised Cat 1 year $20
Sterilised Cat 3 years $42.50
Sterilised Cat Lifetime $100
Approval to Breed Cats Year $100

Breeding cats

The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a Breeding Permit (this needs to be renewed annually). When a cat is sold, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, a voucher must be issued to the new owner. Only approved breeders will be exempt from sterilisation laws.

Annual Fees for Cat BreedersAnnual Fee
Approval to Breed (1-4 cats) $100
Approval to Breed (5-10 cats) $250
Approval to Breed (11 or more cats) $500

Cat application forms

Approved Cat Breeder Application

Animal Registration Application Form

Transfer animal ownership form

Transfer Animal Ownership Form

Responsible cat ownership

  • Contain your cat on your own property
  • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar, name tag with owner phone number and a registration tag
  • Microchip and sterilise your cat
  • Keep your cat inside at night time

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What is the Cat Act 2011?

The Cat Act 2011 requires that all cats over the age of six months be sterilised, microchipped and registered with their relevant local government.

Note: Requests for exemption from sterilisation and/or microchipping of your cat will only be considered if supported by an exemption certificate from your local veterinarian and only if detrimental to the cat's health.

The main purpose of the Cat Act 2011 is to:

  • Encourage responsible cat ownership;
  • Provide better control and management of stray and unwanted cats;
  • Reduce large numbers euthanised each year;
  • Ensure your cat, by registration and microchipping, can be returned to you should it stray.

Stray or unwanted cats

The Shire Rangers are not actively involved in trapping stray or unowned cats, however Rangers will collect a cat from a resident if the cat has been captured and is still in the trap. All impounded cats are thoroughly checked for a registration tag and scanned for microchipping details. Where an owner can be readily identified, Ranger Services will contact the owner to advise how and where to collect them. All domesticated cats are kept for a period of three (3) days, then assessed for suitable re-homing.

Found a cat or kittens?

For information on what do if you find a cat or kittens please view the Cat Haven's guide below.

Cat Haven-Found a cat or kittens guides

Contact our Rangers

Should further information be required please speak with a member of the Emergency Service and Community Safety Team by contacting 9526 1111