Monday, September 9, 2013


"As of 1 November, 2013, all domestic cats in Western Australia over six months of age will have to be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with their 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.  It is also a requirement for all persons or organisations wishing to breed cats to apply for a permit and to register each cat with local government.  Should you wish to register as a cat breeder you will also be subject to a number of Health Local Laws and City Town Planning requirements."

"The Cat Act 2011 was introduced to assist in dealing with the devastation caused to native wildlife by both domestic and feral cat species within the state."

"As of 1 November, 2013, a failure to undertake any of these provisions may result in the cat owner being subject to a modified penalty (infringement currently in the amount of $200 per offence) being issued by the Local Government Authority of the cat owner to be prosecuted".

"To register for 1 year = $20;  3 years = $42.50; or Lifetime = $100."  (as one can never be sure how long one will have a cat I doubt many people would pay the $100 fee; perhaps cat breeders whose cats probably don't get the chance to roam?)

There are a number of cats, probably 5 or 6 different ones, that keep visiting our garden, some of which are peaceful and some of which are somewhat aggressive.  Precious has always been a timid little cat and is rather frightened of several of these cats.  She will quite often peer through the back window or back door before venturing into our garden and if there is a cat there we have to shoo it off before she will go out. I know there is at least one male cat that hasn't been desexed as sometimes an horrific odour greets us when we open the back door; it is so strong that it will also permeate the house at times.  Can all male cats (desexed or not) make that smell?  I thought not.  

Precious rarely goes outside our boundary fences for which I am very thankful and I wonder if the owners of these other cats will obey these new laws?  How will this law be policed and enforced?  Will the ranges be constantly prowling around seeking cats without collars?  Precious has never worn a collar and I somehow think she will object to doing so (a friend said the same about her cat).  Precious climbs trees in our garden which worries me as we once lost a young cat whose collar became hooked on the branch of a tree.  He was mute so couldn't cry out and would have died a horrible death (we didn't find out about it until about a week after the event).  I thought micro-chipping would be enough and if a cat was caught they could check if it was chipped. 
Don't get me wrong.  I think cats should be registered and although we haven't had Precious micro-chipped (it wasn't suggested when we bought her from the Cat Haven although we took her back to be sterilised) and I hope it won't be too expensive.  The collar?  As said before, that really is a worry and my only hope is that she will continue to be a stay at home cat and not be caught without a collar.  We will buy her one (elasticised) and try it but at 12 years of age I don't like the idea of stressing her out too much.

It is going to be very interesting over the next several months to see how the new laws play out.  I have pre-registered Precious with our local council.  Are there similar laws where you live perhaps?  If so, has it worked.  My other half is worried that if enough people decide not to have cats because of these new laws...will the mice and rat populations increase?  That is definitely food for thought and quite a scary one too.


  1. In some of our newer suburbs cats may not go outside unless they are confined to enclosed runs - also designed to protect the wildlife.
    Both of our cats are microchipped, and wear collars. You can get ones which have a safety feature where they will spring open if pulled on. (Naturally more expensive).
    I suspect that the people who don't desex their cats will ignore your new regulations, but time will tell.

  2. I certainly hope they don't insist on cat runs as we just couldn't afford to build one and with our house design it wouldn't be feasible. Precious doesn't use a try as she has always gone outside when nature calls.
    I will have to find one of those collars in the hope she will wear it. I've known cats that can somehow manage to lose their collars which could be a problem for some cat owners.
    I am still going to be very interested to see how these new laws work out as there are so many cat owners who just don't seem to care, especially one of our nearby neighbours.

  3. Our cats are chipped don't know though that they are registered, hmmmm, food for thought. xxx Raae

    1. You should check with your local council Rae and find out about registration. It is only a new law which I believe commences on 1 November next. Do your cats wear collars I wonder? That is going to be a problem with our Precious who has never worn one even though she is 12.

  4. I haven't given any thought to cat laws, last time I owned a cat there weren't any, but we had him tattooed in his ear, just as we've done for any dog we owned. The dogs were always registered. I don't think my daughter's cat would take too kindly to wearing a collar after all these years. When I eventually get a cat again I'll be sure to register it, just in case we need to and have a collar on it form the beginning.

    1. I think our cats were tattooed in their ears to show they were sterilised and of course we always registered our dogs and they wore collars with identity tags. I am not sure if South Australia in introducing the law about registering cats or if it's just us over here in the West.

  5. Hari Om
    Oh this is interesting - and a typical governmental response to something they cannot actually control... I agree the collar thing is going to be a problem. JASPER always had a collar, but not the same one, over his 17 years. he managed to stretch them by being caught in things and eventually the would just drop off him. He had four in total over that time. He was microchipped, but during his time it was not yet compulsory to register cats - dogs only. I think it was coming in though (NSW). That's fine, as is the neutering - but the control of cats is an issue.

    It's the feral population which is a big worry. To use another animal analogy - this is an attempt to shut the door now the horse has bolted..!

    Wishing you and Precious well during this transition. YAM xx

  6. Thanks Yamini for your good wishes.
    I agree with you totally about this being a law that is going to be jolly difficult to control. If they had brought in the law about registering cats when it applied to dogs then it would have been useful. As you say the horse has bolted and therefore too many feral cats.