Cats

Cat Registration

Changes to legislation

From 1 July 2017 cat and dog owners may face increases in their cat and dog registration fee if their pet isn't both microchipped and desexed.

New state legislation comes into effect at the beginning of July requiring dogs and cats to be registered as a 'standard' dog or cat  or a 'non-standard' dog or cat.

Download the fact sheet. pdf (86KB) 

To ensure cat registration is affordable for all cat owners discounts for de-sexed cats and pensioner concessions are available.

Cat Registration Form(25 kb) can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Customer Service Centre and returned to Council, along with the fee, proof of concession, mirco-chipping and desexing certificate.

Cat Registration Fees 
 2017/2018
Non Standard - Micro-chipped only$85.00
Standard Micro-chipped and de-sexed$28.33
Non Standard Pensioner concession, Micro-chipped only$42.50
Standard Pensioner concession, Micro-chipped and de-sexed$14.15

If a cat over three months in age is unregistered, any person who owns or is responsible for the control of the cat is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty $320, expiation fee $80, continuing offence penalty for each 14 days that the offence continues $50.Cats must be Registered

Limit on Cat Numbers

A person must not on any premises, without the Council's permission, keep more than two cats over three months in age unless they meet all the conditions stated in By-law No. 6 Cats section 4.2 (there are no insanitary conditions, the cats are not causing a nuisance and each cat is desexed). Maximum penalty $320, expiation fee $80, continuing offence penalty for each 14 days that the offence continues $50.

Cat By-Law

The By-law No. 6 Cats was endorsed by Full Council on the 11 August 2015. It became operational on 2 January 2016 following the By-law's gazettal 27 August 2015.

The objects of this By-law are to control and manage cats in the Council area:

  • to promote responsible cat ownership;
  • to reduce the incidence of public and environmental nuisance caused by cats;
  • to protect the comfort and safety of members of the public; and
  • for the good rule and government of the Council area.

This will be achieved by:

  • A cat over the age of three (3) months must be registered at an address to an owner over the age of 16.
  • Annual Registration fees will apply.
  • Each cat must have a microchip for identification purposes.
  • Only two cats may be kept at an address without Council approval unless conditions outlined in the By-law are met.
What will happen if I breach the Cat By-law?

Council is committed to encouraging responsible cat ownership and working with cat owners and their neighbour's to amicably resolve issues that may arise.

If issues are not able to be resolved penalties can be applied for non-compliance.

Non-Compliance with requirements under By-law No. 6 Cats section 11 – Orders

If a person engages in conduct that is a contravention of this By-law, an authorised person may order that person:

  • if the conduct is still continuing – to stop the conduct; and
  • whether or not the conduct is still continuing – to take specified action to remedy the contravention.

A person must comply with an order under this clause.

If a person does not comply with an order, the authorised person may take action reasonably required to have the order carried out, and the Council may recover its costs of any action so taken from the person to whom the order was directed.

Cat By-Law

Responsible Cat Management

Contain

Cats should be encouraged to stay indoors from dusk to dawn. Not only does this help to protect the wildlife, it protects your cat/s. Nocturnal cat fights can leave your pet requiring veterinary attention and cats are also more likely to be run over at night.

Identify

More cats end up losing their lives through lack of identification than through any other cause. Identify your cat/s with a collar and tag or microchip and tattoo to ensure this does not happen to your companion cat.

Desex

Desexing solves a large percentage of cat problems when coupled with responsible cat ownership. Desexing will reduce caterwauling, 'tom-cat' urine spraying, wandering and fighting over females. Desexing your cat also eliminates the possibility of unwanted kittens.

Maintain

Maintain your cats health with annual vet visits, a nutritionally balanced diet, protection against fleas and other parasites and lots of love and attention.

Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2017

The Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2017 sets the direction for the management of urban animals within the community for the next five years as required by the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and build upon the already well received animal management services provided by the City of Mitcham.

Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2017(834 kb)

To find more information on the management of dogs and cats, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board's website here.

Council is currently working on Developing its Dog and Cat Management Plan 2018-23. Council hopes to have its new plan endorsed by the Dog and Cat Management Board by the end of February 2018.

Neighbourhood Cat Problems

Community concern about cats, both owned ('pet' or domestic cats) and unowned (stray or feral) stems from a number of factors.

Public Nuisance

Straying or wandering cats may cause a number of nuisance problems. These include property damage, pollution (noise, odour, faeces), harassment of other pets and annoyance via intrusion.

Health Nuisance

Stray or wandering cats have been implicated in a number of health issues. There is a risk to public health with the possibility of transmission of toxoplasmosis, ringworm and fleas. Stray cats can also transmit feline diseases to owned cats.

Environmental Nuisance

Both owned and unowned cats have been implicated in the predation of native wildlife. Whilst the impact on wildlife in the urban environment is considered to be only marginal, the City of Mitcham has designated environmentally sensitive areas (eg. Belair National Park) in which no cats are allowed. Owned and unowned cats may be removed from these areas.

Neighbour Friendly Cats

It is your responsibility to control your cat and prevent it from annoying neighbours. If complaints are received from your neighbours, you must prevent your cat/s from entering onto their premises.

Cats are active animals that love to run, jump and climb and it can be difficult to confine them to your yard if you do not provide adequate facilities for them.

  • Provide your cat/s with a well-turned mulched area for use as an 'outside toilet'
  • Fencing can be adapted to discourage your cat/s from leaving your property
  • An enclosed 'cat run' can provide outside activity and ensure that your cat is kept safely on your property

If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the law and your cat, contact Mitcham Council on 8372 8888.

Council has traps available for hire for the trapping of cats and possums.

Does your Garden have a Cat Problem?

Mitcham Council often receives complaints about stray and wandering cats entering adjoining premises and causing a nuisance.

Apart from relying solely on your neighbour to fix the problem, it is often beneficial to work with your neighbour to resolve the problem, and there are certain deterrents that you can try around your home to prevent cats from entering onto your property:

  • Squirt the cat with a hose. This does not harm the cat, and the best results are achieved from squirts to the flank, not the face.
  • Make loud noises to startle the cat.
  • To ensure the cat does not return when you are not there, keep the most commonly visited areas consistently wet to deter the cat from digging, defecating, urinating or sunning there.
  • Place citrus peel, sprigs of rue (herb), napthalene flakes, or sprinkle pepper on the problem area until the habit has broken. You can also use cat repellent sprays and gels available from plant nurseries or vets. This will only work if the cat does not like the smell of the product.
  • Place cacti or other prickly plants around the areas where the cat visits.
  • Paint some mouse traps black and carefully place them upside down where the cat visits. This method makes the cat associate unpleasantness with the environment rather than with a person.
  • Electronic deterrents which emit a high pitched sound are available also, however these may restrict other wildlife from entering your yard such as birds, and are expensive to purchase.
  • The final option is to trap the cat. An identified cat must be released immediately and in the area from which it was trapped. As you release the cat however, giving it a squirt with the hose may convince the cat not to return to the area. Do not use a hose at high pressure to do this. An unidentified cat (stray) must be taken to the RSPCA, the Animal Welfare League or a veterinarian within 12 hours of being trapped.

For the above methods, it would be wise to allow at least a fortnight (2 weeks) trial to determine if it has been effective before trying a different method.

Please note: Many people make the unfortunate mistake of trying to clean away strong smelling cat urine with disinfectants containing ammonia. Ammonia based disinfectants will attract cats to the area. It is better to clean the area with warm soapy water, than to try to combat the smell with another smell.

For further information, contact the Animal Management Officer on 8372 8876.

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